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Susan Seeley


Gender: Female


Spouse: Darrell Dean Barker

Date of Marriage: August 31, 1952

Marriage Place: Mt. Pleasant, IA


Altar vases containing white gladioli flanked by cathedral candelabrum featured the decorative setting for the marriage of Susan Stewart Seeley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Eli Seeley of Mt. Pleasant, and Darrell Dean Barker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Manning Barker of Fairfield on Sunday afternoon in the St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Pleasant.

At either side of the nuptial space were baskets of white gladioli and lighted cathedral candles were at the windows. The bridal aisle was marked with clusters of white gladioli tied with white satin ribbons. The Reverend Fred McNeil read the double ring service at four o’clock.

Mr. Dan Winters played a half hour recital of organ music preceding the ceremony. Selections included “Andante Religioso” by Liset: “O Perfect Love,” Barnby: “The Lord’s Prayer,” Malotte: “Ave Maria,” Bach-Gounod: and Schubert’s “Ave Maria.” The traditional wedding marches were used for the processional and recessional.

Mrs. Robert Beattie of New London was her sister’s matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Judson B. Seeley of New London and Miss Theresa Beach of Mt. Pleasant. They all wore identical ballerina length gowns of white frosted organdy over taffeta. The matron of honor’s gown was over green and the bridesmaid’s dresses were over yellow. They were styled with shirred bodices, highlighted by taffeta boleros an sashes. Their half hats were of white braided nylon net twined with stephanotis and ivy leaves, and the carried bouquets of trailing ivy.

Elizabeth Ann Barker, sister of the groom, served as flower girl and was gowned in white dotted swiss over green taffeta. She wore a headdress similar to the bridesmaids and carried a small bouquet of stephanotis. Alan Nichols, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nichols, served as ring bearer and carried the rings on a white satin pillow.

Mr. David Carl of Fairfield acted as Mr. Barker’s best man. Serving as groomsmen and ushers were Mr. Judson B. Seeley and Mr. Robert Beattie of New London. The men wore white coats, dark trousers and had wine-colored boutonnieres.

Entering with her father, who gave her in marriage, the bride was a picture in a floor length gown of white slipper sating styled with a fitted bodice, outlines with illusion net trimmed with sequins and seed pearls. The fitted sleeves terminated in petal points and the full skirt extended into a formal train.

Her heirloom veil of Brussels lace was attached to a halo hat of white satin. She carried a white prayer book topped with a cascade bouquet of stephanotis surrounded by ivy.

Immediately following the ceremony, the bridal party was feted at a reception in the Parish Hall. Laid with a white damask cloth, the bride’s table was centered with a four-tiered cake, topped with a miniature bride and groom surrounded by a heart shaped fan of white tulle. Silver candelabrum holding white tapers, trays of ice cream molds and petit fours surrounded the cake.

Miss Ida Ladiges and Mrs. Roy Nichols cut the wedding cake. Mrs. Walter Beattie and Mrs. Columbus Hayes served the ice cream. Mrs. C.A. Cottrell and Mrs. William Donahue presided at the coffee urns. Miss Ellen Cochran secured the names for the guest register, and Miss Carol Barker had charge of the gifts.

Assisting at the reception were Mrs. W.K. Rogers, Mrs. Russell Weir, Mrs. M.L. Dickson, Mrs. Eugene McCold, Mrs. Karl Hoaglin, Mrs. Doyle Moxley, Mrs. Paul Desenberg, Miss Nancy Rogers, Miss Marilyn Vance, Miss Dianne Dickson, Miss Anne Cottrell, Miss Martha Winters and Mrs. Fred McNeil.

After October 1st the couple is to be at home at 1103 South 5th street in Fairfield. For the wedding trip through the south, the bride traveled in a coral jersey dress accented with grey accessories.

Mrs. Barker attended Saint Katherine’s school at Davenport, Iowa, and Iowa Wesleyan College.

Mr. Barker was graduated from Fairfield High School and is employed by the Fairfield Ledger.

Out of town relatives and guests attending the wedding were Mrs. H.B. Stewart, Mr. C.B. Stewart and Harry of Charlton, Mrs. W.G. Lodwick of Centerville, Mr. and Mrs. S.G. Lodwick, Barbara and Margery of Wever, Miss Martha Winters of Galesburg, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Ringold, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. George Ringold of Burlington, Miss Pauline Sywassink of Muscatine, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Hulsebus and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hatch of Lee County, Mr. and Mrs. Minor Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mairet, Janet and Linda of Batavia, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Adams, Ottumwa, Mrs. Hazel Woolums, Waterloo, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Barker, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Barker, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Leedom and Marsha of Ottumwa, Mr. and Mrs. Ingward Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brandmeyer, Mrs. Altwan, all of Davenport, Mrs. Raymond Carls of Highland Park, Ill., and from Fairfield – Mr. and Mrs. Edward Barker, Carol and Elizabeth Ann, parents of the groom, Mr. and Mrs. George Vorhles, Leslie Ann, Mrs. Abner Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond West, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Marsh.

After the rehearsal Saturday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Seeley entertained at a buffet supper at the Harlan hotel. Covers were laid for the wedding party and a few close friends and relatives of the couple.

Published in The Mt. Pleasant News, (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa) September 2, 1952 page 2

[Great-granddaughter of SGS # 2097 – Susan Stewart; Benjamin Eli; William Beeler; Eli (#2097); Abner (#652); Nathan; Nathan; James; Nathaniel; Nathaniel; Robert]

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