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Nettie Seward

July 18, 1928 ~ September 21, 2019 (age 91)

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Nettie Seward, 91, of Whiting, Iowa passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Pleasant View Care Center, Whiting, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the Whiting Christian Church, Whiting, Iowa with Pastor Josh Weece, officiating. Burial will be in the Whiting City Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 24, 2019 with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Rush Family Chapel, Onawa, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Nettie Dell Boston was born July 18, 1928, twin to Ned Albert, in West Fork Township, near Whiting, Iowa, to Derk Albert and Marticia Harriett (Veach) Boston. Nettie attended school at Sloan, Iowa, until the middle of second grade when the family moved into Whiting. She graduated from Whiting High School with the class of 1946, followed by 3 more generations to graduate there, also. Nettie helped organize the all school reunion and several reunions for the 1940’s classes where she loved visiting with classmates and friends.

Nettie and Steven Nelson Seward were united in marriage on January 11, 1952, in Dunlap, Iowa. To this union 5 children were born: Linda, John, Bertha, Rodney, and Ned. Nettie and Steven farmed for many years west of Whiting until retiring and moving into town to the house formerly bought by Nettie’s mother in 1942, now owned by granddaughter, Stephanie.

She worked for Gene and Ila Hopkins in their café through high school. After high school graduation, she worked at Huff’s Grocery Store for a while then at another grocery store, Blackwell’s Market. In 1950 she went to Sioux City to work at S.S. Kresge and later Woolworth’s. In later years Nettie worked at Freeman Pharmacy in Whiting, and Pamida in Onawa.

Her hobbies included: crocheting, reading, playing cards, genealogy, watching baseball games, listing to Country music like Johnny Cash and Jim Reeves, and old church hymns, and feeding, and watching the birds, squirrels, and bunnies. She also enjoyed attending Rodney and Ned’s baseball games, and later her great grandsons paying baseball or soccer. She loved attending birthday parties for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, traveling to Kansas for the annual Veach family reunions and hosting annual Boston family reunions in Whiting. She loved eating homemade ice cream.

She was an 80 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unity # 481, Whiting, Iowa, where she was a past president of the local unit and with the county.

She was a 79 year member of the Whiting Christian Church on Whiting, Iowa being baptized into Christ on December 14, 1938. She had been a member of the Dorcas Society, a superintendent of Vacation Bible School, and a volunteer for many years going to Council Bluffs, Iowa to stuff envelopes for Deaf Missions.

She is survived by daughter, Linda (Dwain) Walker; three sons, John (Deanna) Seward, Rodney Seward, and Ned Seward; 6 grandchildren, Jeremy Seward, LaDawn (Brent) Saxen, Stephanie Warren, Bethany Mordhorst, Alexis Mordhorst, and Candace Seward; 8 great-grandchildren, Colby Seward, Daulton Johnson, Derek Seward, Nick Warren, Marshall Seward, Hunter Hane, Sydney Seward, and Makenna Hane; a brother, Edward (Jean) Boston; and several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ticia; and infant daughter, Bertha Eileen; husband, Steven; a sister, Naomi Myers Carlson; four brothers, Leo Elmo Lowry, Frank Joseph “Joe” Boston, Ned Albert Boston (her twin), and infant brother, John Stephen Boston.

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September 24, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rush Family Chapel
1629 10th Street
Onawa, IA 51040

Prayer Service
September 24, 2019

7:00 PM
Rush Family Chapel
1629 10th Street
Onawa, IA 51040

Funeral Service
September 25, 2019

10:30 AM
Whiting Christian Church
716 West Street
Whiting, IA 51063

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