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Mary Edith (Seeley) Newland, age 86, of rural Vandalia, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Audrain Medical Centerin Mexico, Mo. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Mo.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Mo. Officiating was the Rev. Bob Balwanz. Music by pianist Ruth Nation. Interment was in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vandalia.
Pallbearers were 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 (Seeley) Newland was born on July 23, 1926 in rural Middletown, Mo., the daughter of Hugh E. and Flossie A. (Cobb) Seeley.
She was married to James William “J.W.” Newland on December 22, 1945 in Bowling Green; he preceded her in death on October 25, 1975.
She grew up in the rural Middletown area and attended Swope School. She 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 (Seeley) Newland enjoyed babysitting the grandkids, gardening, yard work, and the Monday Study Club.
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 step-great-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; and 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.