Sept. 1, 1937 – Oct. 1, 2012
Helen Seward, 75, of Keokuk died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Montrose Health Center.
She was born on Sept. 1, 1937, in Masonville, N.J., the daughter of Edward and Ida Riffert Garron.
Helen met Earl in New Jersey while he was stationed there in the Air Force and it was love at first sight. She married Earl Seward on Aug. 21, 1959, in Moorstown, N.J. He survives.
She was a resident of Keokuk for 20 years.
She worked as a waitress in New Jersey before moving to Iowa. She worked for Walmart, Shopko, Lee County Home and Hy-Vee. She loved reading as well as plants, flowers, crocheting, crafts, making cakes and spending time with her friends.
She attended Melrose United Methodist Church.
Additional survivors include: a sister, Betty of Delaware; two brothers, Jimmy Garron of Atlantic City, N.J., and Louie Garron of Mount Holly, N.J.; nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Sharon (Jim) Kiefer of Hedrick, Iowa; two brothers-in-law, Rich (Doris) Seward of Olympia, Wash., and Harry Shoemaker of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and very good friends, Jerry and Dona Herr of Keokuk.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Rex Bingham; six brothers, Ed, Harold, Billy, Fred, Franklin and Donnie Garron; and four sisters; Aggie, Mamie, Barbara and Minerva.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center, 917 Blondeau St., Keokuk, with the Rev. John Abraham officiating.
Burial will follow in Keokuk National Cemetery.
Visitation is today at the funeral home, with family meeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested for Melrose United Methodist Church.
Online tributes and condolences may be entered at www.dejongsfuneralhome.com.