Mary Edith (Seeley) Newland, age 86 of rural Vandalia, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico.
Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Mo. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia. Officiating will be the Rev. Bob Balwanz. Ruth Nation will serve as pianist. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vandalia.
Pallbearers are Andrew Warfield, Wesley Newland, Matt Traynor, Corey Fox, Dave Vandaveer Jr., Larry Finley, Jock Bryson and Aaron Walkley. Honorary pallbearer is Jack Hughes.
Mary Edith grew up in the rural Middletown area and attended Swope School. Mary Edith was a longtime member of the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church near Vandalia where she had served as both a deacon and an elder. She had resided on the family farm south of town, working alongside her husband until his death. She raised chickens, sold eggs and helped her son with the farm for many more years. Mary Edith enjoyed babysitting the grandkids, gardening, yard work and the Monday Study Club.
Mary Edith was born July 23, 1926 in rural Middletown, Mo., the daughter of Hugh E. and Flossie A. (Cobb) Seeley.
She married James William "J.W." Newland on Dec. 22, 1945 in Bowling Green; he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1975.
Survivors include one son, Terry E. and wife Lisa Newland of rural Vandalia; three daughters, Peggy Warfield of Berger, Mo.; Selma A. Beedle and John Andrusejko of Vandalia; Davina A. and husband, Tom Hughes of Middletown; two brothers, Loyd and wife, Betty Seeley of Laddonia; Gene and wife, Bonnie Seeley of Vandalia; two sisters, Grace Teacutter of Moberly, Mo. and Dorothy Moore of Auxvasse; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.W.; one brother and his wife, Tom and Virginia Seeley; two brothers-in-law, James Moore and Robert Teacutter; one son-in-law, John Warfield; one grandson, James William Newland.
Memorials are encouraged to the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church in care of Waters Funeral Home, P.O. Box 84, Vandalia, Mo. 63382-0084.