Mary Edith Ewell Seward passed away at her home at St. James Place in Baton Rouge, La., on Dec. 6. She was 89.
She was born Dec. 21, 1926, in Dyer, Tenn., and lived in Baton Rouge the past six years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Ben Butler Seward, as well as her parents Bess Hazel and Robert Ewell and her brother Bill Ewell.
She is survived by her daughters Sena Bolton of Atlanta, Ga.; Lallah Weimar of Baton Rouge and her husband Chip; and Pat Flanders of San Marcos, Texas, and her husband Jack; grandchildren Candace Piepgrass of Richmond, Va., and her husband Stephen; Ben Flanders of Yucca Valley, Calif., and wife Laura; Mary Kate Lamis of Atlanta and husband Dorian; Thomas Flanders of Austin, Texas; Bill Weimer of Atlanta and wife Caroline; Lauren Benson of Eagle, Colo., and husband Chad. She also is survived by a brother, George Ewell of Atkins, Ark., a sister, Dorothy Roberts of Jackson, Miss., and seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Seward graduated from Sullins College in Bristol, Va. After graduation she went to work in Jackson, Tenn., where she met her future husband. The couple moved to Dyer in 1963 where she was active in her children's schools, her church and community. After raising her children, she worked at Dyer F&M Bank until she retired. She was a member of Dyer First Presbyterian Church, founded by her great grandparents, and after moving to Louisiana joined First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at St. James Retirement Community in Baton Rouge. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Dyer First Presbyterian with visitation at 1 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Baton Rouge, or a charity of your choice.