Leona Sealey, 100, of South Sioux City, NE, formerly Vermillion resident, passed away on Monday June 21, 2010 at Regency Square Care Center in South Sioux City. NE.
Leona was born April 26, 1910 to her parents, Charles H. and Sadie (Coverdale) Doane. She went to grade school in Clay County and to the University High School for two years and Vermillion High School for two years, and graduated in 1928.
She married Cecil Sealey on Oct. 18, 1928 and moved to the Sealey Homestead farm south of Vermillion. They farmed there for several years. A daughter (Elinore) was born to them.
She worked at the Vermillion Community Hospital for four years. She has been a member of the Degree of Honor Association for over 70 years. She was juvenile director of Degree of Honor for four years. She also was member of the V.F.W Auxiliary while living in Vermillion and served in several offices in that organization.
In 1945, she moved with her husband to Wagner, where he worked as a engineer technician with the Soil Conservation and lived there for 27 years. While there, she worked at the Wagner Community Hospital for 10 years. Her husband, Cecil passed away Oct. 21, 1968.
In 1969, she moved to South Sioux City, NE. She married Fred Sealey in 1975 and lived in Vermillion.
She belonged to the Rebekah Lodge, LAPM, LEA branches of the Independent order of I.O.O.F lodge and held many offices in the Lodges. In 1983 and 1984, she was Grand Matriarch of Ladies Encampment of South Dakota.
Fred Sealey passed away in 1988. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Vermillion. She has spent most of her life caring for other people.
Survivors are her daughter, Elinore Bobier, of South Sioux City, NE; two stepsons, John Sealey of Vermillion, and George Sealey of Hot Springs; three grandsons; two granddaughters; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren, 15 step-great-grandchildren; 26 step great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in her death her parents; sister, Evelyn Stephens; brother-in-law; two husbands; son-in-law, Cecil Bobier; stepmother; stepson, Harold Sealey; two nieces and stepgranddaughter.
Funeral Service were held at Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion, at 11 a.m. on Thursday June 24. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial was in Bluff View Cemetery, Vermillion.
Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion directed the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent online to www.koberfuneralhome.com