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Dorothy Seamans


Dorothy R. Seamans, 96, of Independence, Iowa, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at Prairie Hills Assisted Living Center in Independence, Iowa.
Dorothy was born Oct. 4, 1921, in Rowley, Iowa, the daughter of Roland B. and L. Eva (Ossman) Shaffer. She graduated from Rowley High School in 1939 and went on to teach in a one-room schoolhouse, Lone
Tree Rural School, Buchanan County, Iowa. On June 8, 1941, she married Marcen M. Seamans at the Rowley Methodist Church
in Rowley, Iowa. In 1972 she received a bachelor's degree in education from Upper Iowa University and taught special education for the Independence Community School District. She was an active member of the Rowley Methodist Church for more than 75 years, where she played the organ and taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Iowa Postmasters Auxiliary.
Dorothy enjoyed square dancing with her husband Marcen and they were members of the Merry Mixers and Prominaders in Independence, Iowa. They also loved to travel throughout the United States and the world.
She is survived by her children, Regena (Eldon) Peters, Parkersburg, Iowa, Marcia (David) Machacek, Alburnett, Iowa, and Leona (Joe) Nichols, West Des Moines, Iowa; her grandchildren, Kristin (Ryan) Baker, Stephanie (Bobby) Ascher, Kelli (Dean) Weber and Michael (Desiree) Nichols; her great-grandchildren, Brennan and Connor Baker, Dylan and Dalilah Ascher, Addison and Maxx Weber and Lincoln Nichols; and a sister, Luella S. Marling, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
To leave an online condolence, please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.