LUCAS CO, IOWA (made in 1846 from Monroe Co)
lays next to DECATUR, CLARKE, WARREN, MARION, MONROE, APPANOOSE.

Two counties above Missouri.



JOHN'S PAGE

 

CLAY CO, IN

LUCILLE’S PAGE

SUSAN’S PAGE

JIM’S PAGE

GOLTRY FAMILY

ROBERT'S PAGE

JAMES SELLERS 1765

HARRISON PERRY SELLERS family contributed by Jim Sellers <jimmsellers47@gmail.com>

Vanlandingham Family

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JULY 2004

Dear Marie, Thank you sooooooo much for the info re my search for Lee H. (Leonzo) Sellars and the helpful genealogy tips, very much appreciated.  I will keep you posted.

 

I have Lucas County Iowa history, cemetery and marriage books, will be happy to do look-ups.
 Lucille Stone
DickStone@gmail.com



Iowa Pioneers
Sellers, Harrison P     Vanlandingham, M        1813    1849+   Lucas

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MARRIAGES

The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, December 10, 1908

MARRIAGE LICENSES:

RAY E. SELLERS, 21 to GRACE LARIMER, 20.

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20 May 1866 - George D. Sellers 28 to Elizabeth Capity 22.

 


1850 LUCAS CO,IOWA CENSUS =

PERRY SELLERS 35KY, FARM
MARGARET 32 KY
MARY 16 IND
JAMES 14 IND
SOPHIA 11 IND
NANCY 8 IND
JANE 5 IND
WM 1 IND

ALLENS
ROLANDS
JENKINS 

In the Winter of 1852-3 Mr. Crawford Sellers taught the first school in the county in the log court house in Chariton. First school house in the county, built in Union Township, built of round logs, put up by the citizens of the neighborhood.


1856 LUCAS CO, IA



1860 LUCAS CO, IA

Name Home in 1860

(City,County,State) Age in 1860 Estimated Birth Year Birthplace Gender View Image Save This

 

Harrison Sellers Cedar, Lucas, IA 47  1812 Kentucky  Male   

Margaret Sellers Cedar, Lucas, IA 45  1814 Kentucky  Female   

James H Sellers Cedar, Lucas, IA 24  1835 Indiana  Male     (ck Monroe Co., Ia, msh)

Nancy E Sellers Cedar, Lucas, IA 18  1841 Indiana  Female   

Ruth J L N Sellers Cedar, Lucas, IA 14  1845 Indiana  Female   

William H Sellers Cedar, Lucas, IA 11  1848 Indiana  Male   

John P Sellers Cedar, Lucas, IA 7  1852 Iowa  Male   

Nathan A J Sellers Cedar, Lucas, IA 7  1852 Iowa  Male   

Thomas N Sellers Cedar, Lucas, IA 5  1854 Iowa  Male   

Wyatt W W Sellers Cedar, Lucas, IA 3  1856 Iowa 



1870 LUCAS CO,IA

Name Home in 1870

(City, County, State) Age in

1870 Estimated

Birth Year Birthplace Race Gender View Image Save This

 

Perry Sullers Cedar, Lucas, IA 50  1819 Indiana  White  Male   , page 660, owns land

Nancy Sullers Cedar, Lucas, IA 50  1819 Indiana  White  Female 

John Sullers Cedar, Lucas, IA 17  1852 Indiana  White  Male ,

Nathan Sullers Cedar, Lucas, IA 17  1852 Indiana  White  Male,

Thomas Sullers Cedar, Lucas, IA 14  1855 Iowa  White  Male   

Wiat Sullers Cedar, Lucas, IA 12  1857 Iowa  White  Male   

Jane Sullers Cedar, Lucas, IA 20  1849 Iowa  White  Female   

 

William Sullers Cedar, Lucas, IA 21  1848 Iowa  White  Male  , page 690
living with
Joseph Sanders 23 il, land
Jennie 22 Pa


 

Source:   IALUCAS-L@rootsweb.com

Subject:  DEATHS OF HENRY SELLERS' SONS.

 

 

The Chariton Patriot, Chariton, Iowa

Wednesday, April l, l874

 

DIED. -- In Benton Township, Feb. l2th, HARRY, aged 2l years; also on March 2lst, GEORGE, aged l7 years, only sons of HENRY SELLERS.  The mother of these boys died less than a year ago.

 

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The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa

Saturday, December 29, l877

 

MATRIMONIAL:

 

The following souls were made happy in this county for the month of December to the 28th inst.:

 

THOMAS A. SELLERS, aged 22, to MISS DELILAH E. REMER, aged 22.

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IALUCAS-L@rootsweb.com

Subject:  SELLERS - LYTTON MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT.

 

 

The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa

Saturday, March 6, 1880

 

Our young friend BILLY SELLERS, the mail carrier between here and Ola, was married on last Sunday to MISS MAGGIE LYTTON, at the parsonage in Russell.  Rev. Mr. Thornbrue officiating.  Long life BILLY to you and your bride.

 

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The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa

Saturday, March 13, 1880

 

Marriage licenses issued by the Clerk of Lucas County in the month of February:

WILLIAM SELLERS to MAGGIE LYTTON.

MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - 31 Jul 1880

 

The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa

Saturday, July 31, 1880

 

JOHN P. SELLERS, aged 27 to MISS L. W. LEWIS, aged 21.

 

 

The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, December 10, 1908

MARRIAGE LICENSES:

RAY E. SELLERS, 21 to GRACE LARIMER, 20.

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1880 LUCAS CO, IA
THOMAS SELLERS 24 IA
DELINA 23 IA
BERTIE 4/12M IA

 

            Census Place:   Cedar, Lucas, Iowa

            Source: FHL Film 1254352  National Archives Film T9-0352     Page 518C    

            Relation            Sex      Marr    Race    Age      Birthplace

Harrison P. SELLERS  Self      M         M         W        66        KY

            Occ:     Farmer Fa: ---  Mo: ---

Margaret SELLERS     Wife     F          M         W        64        KY

            Occ:     Keeping House Fa: VA Mo: NC

Jane SELLERS            Dau      F          S          W        33        IN

                                    Fa: KY Mo: KY

John G. SELLERS       Son      M         S          W        27        IA

            Occ:     Works On Farm           Fa: KY Mo: KY

James H. SELLERS     Son      M         S          W        43        IN

            Occ:     Works On Farm           Fa: KY Mo: KY

Nathan SELLERS        Son      M         S          W        27        IA

            Occ:     Works On Farm           Fa: KY Mo: KY

Wyatt SELLERS          Son      M         S          W        22        IA

            Occ:     Works On Farm           Fa: KY Mo: KY

Ella SELLERS  GDau   F          S          W        13        IA

            Occ:     At School         Fa: IN  Mo: IN


 

1900 LUCAS CO, IA

Sellers, J. P.

Lived in:  Benton Township, Lucas County, Iowa
Series: T623     Microfilm:  445     Book:  1     Page:  156     

Sellers, Thomas A.

Lived in:  Cedar Township, Lucas County, Iowa
Series: T623     Microfilm:  445     Book:  1     Page:  168   

Sellers, William

Lived in:  2 Ward Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa
Series: T623     Microfilm:  445     Book:  1     Page:  202

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1900 LUCAS CO, IA

J P Sellers W L Benton, Lucas, Iowa abt 1853 Iowa White Head

W L Sellers Louiella, J P Benton, Lucas, Iowa abt 1858 Iowa White Wife

Clifford G Sellers J P, W L Benton, Lucas, Iowa abt 1881 Iowa White Son

Harrison L Sellers J P, W L Benton, Lucas, Iowa abt 1886 Iowa White Son

Clara B Sellers J P, W L Benton, Lucas, Iowa abt 1890 Iowa White Daughter

Tom N Sellers J P, W L Benton, Lucas, Iowa abt 1895 Iowa White Son

 

Thomas A Sellers Delilah E A Cedar, Lucas, Iowa abt 1855 Iowa White Head (ck Osage, Ks?msh)
Delilah E A Sellers Thomas A Cedar, Lucas, Iowa abt 1856 Iowa White Wife
Bert E Sellers Thomas A, Delilah E A Cedar, Lucas, Iowa abt 1880 Iowa White Son
Laura A Sellers Thomas A, Delilah E A Cedar, Lucas, Iowa abt 1883 Iowa White Daughter
Ethel Sellers Thomas A, Delilah E A Cedar, Lucas, Iowa abt 1884 Iowa White Daughter
Ray E Sellers Thomas A, Delilah E A Cedar, Lucas, Iowa abt 1888 Iowa White Son
John M Sellers Thomas A, Delilah E A Cedar, Lucas, Iowa abt 1890 Iowa White Son


William Sellers Margaret Chariton, Lucas, Iowa abt 1849 Indiana White Head
Margaret Sellers William Chariton, Lucas, Iowa abt 1853 Iowa White Wife
Ellen M Sellers William, Margaret Chariton, Lucas, Iowa abt 1881 Iowa White Daughter
Mary B Sellers William, Margaret Chariton, Lucas, Iowa abt 1890 Iowa White Daughter

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Posted By: David <railrider503@aol.com>
Date: 8/22/2004 at 10:17:33

The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, April 27, 1905 GEORGE HELLYER of Eaton, Colorado, has been the guest of his father-in-law and family, JAMES SELLERS, for the past few days. MR. HELLYER stopped off on his way home from Chicago where he has been with a number of cars of sheep. -- Melrose Record.

He also visited his parental home near Russell.

 

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IALUCAS-L@rootsweb.com

Subject:  LINCOLN TOWNSHIP NEWS -- 26 Oct 1905

 

GEO. STAKER and MISS NANNIE STAKER, MRS. GOOD and MRS. WYAT SELLERS attended the meeting at Mt. Carmel in Benton which is being conducted by MRS. DAVIS.

  JANE SELLERS The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, April 27, 1905 MRS. JANE RATCLIFFE died at her home in Des Moines on Friday evening, April 21, 1905, after an extended illness with creeping paralysis. Deceased was a a former resident of Cedar Township, this county. The remains were brought to this place Saturday evening, accompanied by her cousin, MRS. SALLIE SALES, and on Sunday forenoon at 10 o'clock funeral services were held at Bethel Church. JANE SELLERS was born in Putnam County, Indiana, on September 5, 1846. Several years of her life were spent in this county and she was married here on April 8, 1895, to JONATHAN RATCLIFFE, who survives her but is in a very critical condition, suffering with a cancer. After her marriage deceased resided in Garden Grove until about a year ago when she and her husband moved to Des Moines where they could have better medical treatment. MRS. RATCLIFFE also leaves five brothers and one sister to mourn her death. The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of a host of friends throughout the county in their great grief. Deceased was a lady possessing many amiable qualities and her kindness of heart won for her the high regard of all with whom she came in contact. The news of her death brought sadness to the hearts of many friends here. File Created: 2007-Mar-18 Return Main Page. ) Copyright USGenWeb Project for Putnam County, Indiana, Karen Zach.

 

1910 LUCAS CO, IA
William H Sellers 2-WD CHARITON, LUCAS, IA 1847 Indiana  White  Male  

 

Bert E Sellers BENTON TWP, LUCAS, IA 1879 Iowa  White  Male  

Clifford G Sellers BENTON TWP, LUCAS, IA 1881 Iowa  White  Male  

Harris L Sellers BENTON TWP, LUCAS, IA 1885 Iowa  White  Male  

John P Sellers BENTON TWP, LUCAS, IA 1852 Iowa  White  Male  

 

Ray E Sellers CEDAR TWP, LUCAS, IA 1887 Iowa  White  Male  

Thomas A Sellers CEDAR TWP, LUCAS, IA 1857 Iowa  White  Male  

 

Wyatt W Sellers LINCOLN TWP, LUCAS, IA 1852 Io

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1910 LUCAS CO, IA

Harris L Sellers Cassie L Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1886 Iowa Head
Cassie L Sellers Harris L Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1888 Iowa Wife

Twila L Sellers Harris L, Cassie L Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1910 Iowa Daughter

 

John P Sellers Lovella W Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1853 Iowa Head

Lovella W Sellers John P Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1860 Iowa Wife

Clara B Sellers John P, Lovella W Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1890 Iowa Daughter

Thomas N Sellers John P, Lovella W Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1895 Iowa Son

 

Clifford G Sellers Bertha Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1882 Iowa Head

Bertha Sellers Clifford G Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1881 Iowa Wife

Wilma M Sellers Clifford G, Bertha Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1907 Iowa Daughter

Frank P Sellers Clifford G, Bertha Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1909 Iowa Son

 

Bert E Sellers Caroline Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1880 Iowa Head

Caroline Sellers Bert E Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1883 Iowa Wife

Vera A Sellers Bert E, Caroline Benton, Lucas, IA abt 1908 Iowa Daughter

 

Ray E Sellers Grace M Cedar, Lucas, IA abt 1888 Iowa Head
Grace M Sellers Ray E Cedar, Lucas, IA abt 1888 Iowa Wife


Thomas A Sellers Delila E Cedar, Lucas, IA abt 1858 Iowa Head
Delila E Sellers Lucinda H, Thomas A Cedar, Lucas, IA abt 1856 Iowa Wife
Jean M Sellers Thomas A, Delila E Cedar, Lucas, IA abt 1890 Iowa Son
Orlan G Sellers Thomas A, Delila E Cedar, Lucas, IA abt 1902 Iowa Son

 

William H Sellers Margaret Chariton Ward 2, Lucas, IA abt 1848 Indiana Head
Margaret Sellers William H Chariton Ward 2, Lucas, IA abt 1853 Iowa Wife


Wyatt W Sellers Anna M Lincoln, Lucas, IA abt 1859 Iowa Head
Anna M Sellers Wyatt W Lincoln, Lucas, IA abt 1875 Iowa Wife
Floyd A Sellers Wyatt W, Anna M Lincoln, Lucas, IA abt 1901 Iowa Son

 

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 The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa

Thursday, March 30, 1905

 

MARRIAGE LICENSES:

 

WILLIE CLANIN, 22 to EDNA E. SELLERS, 20.

The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa

Thursday, April 27, 1905

 

GEORGE HELLYER of Eaton, Colorado, has been the guest of his father-in-law and family, JAMES SELLERS, for the past few days.  MR. HELLYER stopped off on his way home from Chicago where he has been with a number of cars of sheep.  -- Melrose Record.

 

He also visited his parental home near Russell.

 

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Source: IALUCAS-L@rootsweb.com
Subject: EAST WARREN NEWS


The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, April 1, 1909

EAST WARREN NEWS:

MISS ERIE WILSON, of Ottumwa, is spending the week with her cousins, MARY and FERN CARPENTER.

E.L. DORA had a public sale of his personal effects Tuesday, and will move to Kansas in the near future.

MR. and MRS. HARRIS SELLERS were given a charivari by the young men of the neighborhood, Friday evening.

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August 18, 2004

 

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WW 1

Bert Everett Sellers 1 Jan 1879 White Lucas, Iowa
Guy Clifford Sellers 15 May 1881 White Lucas, Iowa

Harris Lewis Sellers 10 Aug 1886 White Lucas, Iowa

Ray Ernest Sellers [Ray Earnest Sellers] 3 Aug 1888 Caucasian (White) Iowa,United States of America Lucas, Iowa

John Mark Sellers 2 Aug 1889 Caucasian (White) Iowa,United States of America Lucas, Iowa

Thomas Nelson Sellers 20 Oct 1894 Caucasian (White) Iowa,United States of America Lucas, Iowa

Walter Dewey Sellers 17 Mar 1899 White Lucas, Iowa

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1920 LUCAS CO, IA

1930 LUCAS CO, IA

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From:
        Linda Rauch <hugoff10@syringa.net>
     To:
        mari@netins.net

I am the great-great grandaughter of John Westley Foster m. to Mary Ann
Dachenbach: William Henry Kenton m. to Mary Catherine Allen: James H.
Sellers
m. to Philena Jane Goltry; and Henry Hull m. to Margaret Ann Palmer. I
know that some of their family members crossed from Lucas Co. to Maddison
Co. occasionally and am interested in finding any living relatives.

Thanks,

Linda Rauch



NEED DATES/AGES, etc, msh



Wed, 15 May 2002 18:36:43 EDT
       From:  FRANK
            Sellersgen@aol.com
 

I have a further record of James C. Sellers of Oskaloosa, IA.  This comes
from Portrait and Biographical Record of Mahaska Co., IA, published by
Chapman in 1887.  Everything needs corroboration, but the information points
those interested in the right directions for further knowledge.

James C. Sellers, born January 14, 1828 in Garrard Co., KY.  Son of Nathan
Sellers and Mary Yowell.  Nathan and Mary Sellers moved to Putnam Co., IN in
1830.  In 1851, at the age of 23, he gave up farming in Indiana and moved to
Monroe Co., IA where he began teaching school.  He also taught in a school at
Chariton, Lucas Co., IA, before returning to farming in Monroe Co., IA.  In
1873 he opened an insurance business in Oskaloosa.  He founded the Iowa Life
and Endowment Association in 1882.

He married Aby A. Read on December 29, 1853, location unknown but maybe in
Albia, IA.  Seven children:
Eva, m. Dr. L. H. Dowling of Albia, IA
James C., Jr.,
Fannie, died at 20 mo. of age.
Alice, became teacher in Ottumwa.
Lela, died at 18 mo. of age.
Dell
Carrie.



feb 11, 2003
from
Bare67deb@aol.com
IOWA-L@rootsweb.com
Subject:  [IOWA] 1903 History of Lucas County
 

LUCAS COUNTY was created in January, 1846, and at that time embraced a
portion of Clarke County but in 1849 was reduced to its present limits.  It
lies in the second tier north of Missouri and midway between the Mississippi
and Missouri rivers and contains twelve townships embracing an area of four
hundred thirty-two square miles.  The county was named for Robert Lucas the
first Governor of the Territory of Iowa.
 In 1846-7, the year of the Mormon exodus through Iowa, several families
stopped at Chariton Point near the river of that name in Lucas County, where
they built cabins and remained several years.  They were the first white
settlers in the county.  In September, 1847, William McDermott and family
made a claim ten miles east of the Chariton River.  In March, 1848, Elijah
Baldwin and family settled west of McDermott's and in June, James Rolland
located south of them.  Before the close of the year there were eight
families in the neighborhood.  During the following year many families made
homes in various parts of the county.

In August, 1849, an election was held and the following officers chosen:
 William T. May, Jacob Phillips and J. G. Robinson, county commissioners, who
preceeded to organize the county.  In September, 1849, the commissioners
chosen to locate the county-seat reported a site on the Chariton River which
they named Polk.  The citizens of the county at a public meeting held in
November changed the name to Chariton and a town was platted and a public
sale of lots ordered in December.  In April, 1850, a contract was let for the
building of a log courthouse in which the first term of court was held in
May, 1851, over which Judge McKay presided.  A mill was built by Isaac C.
Cain and Pleasant Williams on Whitebreast creek.
 In the winter of 1852-3 Crawford Sellers taught the first school in the court-house.

The first newspaper in the county was the Little Giant; established in 1856
by George M. Binckley.  The Chariton Patriot was a weekly journal started by
John Edwards in 1857.  The Burlington Railroad runs through the county from
east to west passing through the towns of Russell, Chariton and Lucas.
 

Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa Gen Web, Assistant CC, Scott County
<A HREF="http://www.celticcousins.net/scott/">http://www.celticcousins.net/scott/</A>
IAGENWEB: Special History Project:
http://iagenweb.org/history/index.htm
Gerischer Family Web Site:
<A HREF="http://gerischer.rootsweb.com/">http://gerischer.rootsweb.com/</A>

The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa

Thursday, April 27, 1905

 

MRS. JANE RATCLIFFE died at her home in Des Moines on Friday evening, April 21, 1905, after an extended illness with creeping paralysis.  Deceased was a a former resident of Cedar Township, this county.  The remains were brought to this place Saturday evening, accompanied by her cousin, MRS. SALLIE SALES, and on Sunday forenoon at 10 o'clock funeral services were held at Bethel Church.

 

JANE SELLERS was born in Putnam County, Indiana, on September 5, 1846.  Several years of her life were spent in this county and she was married here on April 8, 1895, to JONATHAN RATCLIFFE, who survives her but is in a very critical condition, suffering with a cancer. After her marriage deceased resided in Garden Grove until about a year ago when she and her husband moved to Des Moines where they could have better medical treatment.  MRS. RATCLIFFE also leaves five brothers and one sister to mourn her death.  The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of a host of friends throughout the county in their great grief.  Deceased was a lady possessing many amiable qualities and her kindness of heart won for her the high regard of all with whom she came in contact.  The news of her death brought sadness to the hearts of many friends here.

 

 

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Clair Willard Sellers 1913-1989

SELLERS, HULL, MCDONALD

Posted By: MPT <MPSnickers101@aol.com>
Date: 1/22/2006 at 12:56:43

The Chariton Patriot
September 12, 1989

Clair Willard Sellers was born February 02, 1913 in Lucas County to John Mark and Maude Emaline (Wright) Sellers, and passed away September 12, 1989, at the Chariton Manor.

He was united in marriage to Mildred Ruth Talbott February 26, 1938 by the bride's father, the Rev. G.M. Talbott of Moville.

To this union were born four sons, Verle Eldon, Allen Leroy, Don Richard and Edward Clair.

He farmed in the Russell and Moravia areas until 1950, when he moved back to Russell and worked as a carpenter and businessman until retiring in 1978. He was one of the last carpenters in the area who could build a complete home from the foundation up.

After retiring, he worked for a few years at the Chariton Senior Center, also served as a supervisor, and aided in the building of the Community Center in Russell.

He was active in Boy Scouting for a number of years, serving as a Scout Master and on the Scout Council. He was also active in the community and served on the City Council for a number of years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Russell.

His hobbies were hunting, fishing, horse shoes, and playing cards with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Verle Eldon; two brothers, Keith and Richard: and one grandchild, Lloyd Sellers.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred, of the Chariton Manor; three sons, Allen (Elizabeth) of Lincoln, NE., Don (Virginia) of Post Falls, ID, and Edward (Sandra) of Russell; two sisters, Helen Hull, and Shirley McDonald, both of Chariton; six gradchildren and one great-grandchild.

He will be missed by his family and many, many friends.

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Birth: Nov. 21, 1921
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Death: Dec. 21, 2012
Leon
Decatur County
Iowa, USA

Ruth Elizabeth Thomas, age 91 of Garden Grove, Iowa, the daughter of Clifford Guy and Bertha Lovilla (Ambelang) Sellers, was born November 21, 1921 in Lucas County, Iowa. She died at the Decatur County Hospital in Leon, Iowa on Friday, December 21, 2012.

Ruth graduated from Gartin Country School. She worked at Gambles, Lindquist Cafe, and in a woman's clothing store before her marriage. She later attended summer school at Iowa State University receiving her certificate in child nutrition. On August 29, 1948 Ruth was united in marriage to Thomas Thomas, Jr. in Chariton, Iowa. They lived in Lamoni, Iowa while Tom finished college at Graceland then moved to Des Moines, Iowa so he could continue his education at Drake University. It was there they raised their two children, Cynthia and Thomas, III. Ruth was a homemaker while the children were young before working for the Des Moines Public Schools as food service manager for 25 years, retiring from Merrill Middle School in 1987. She was on state and national child nutrition boards for many years.

Ruth was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. She was very active in her children's school PTA organization. She served on many committees and baked cookies for homeroom affairs. She gave endlessly to her church serving as women's leader, class teacher, summer school teacher, and reunion counselor. After moving to Garden Grove in 1991 to be closer to their son and his family, she enjoyed attending her grandchildren's school activities.

Preceding her in death were her parents; sister Wilma Vinson; and five brothers, Perry, Jim, Charles, Bob, and Tom Sellers. Survivors include her children, Cynthia and Bruce Mitchell of Manchester, Iowa and Tom and Zona Thomas of Garden Grove; five grandchildren, Waynette Higgins and husband Joel of Des Moines, Michael Sears of Des Moines, Zach Thomas of West Des Moines, Iowa, Bailey Cornett and husband Justin of Pleasanton, Iowa, and Noah Thomas and wife LaShell of Garden Grove; step-grandson Shannon Mitchell of Geddiah, Saudi Arabia; eight great grandchildren, Celeste Sears, Paige Esheleman, Ethan Higgins, Jordan Sears, Noah Sears, Jaxson and Breece Cornett, and Braeden Thomas; three sisters, Jessie Robison of Galesburg, Illinois, Ella Webb of Rockwell City, Iowa, and Lovilla Linn of Emporia, Kansas; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Burial is in the High Point Cemetery





Family links:
Parents:
G. Clifford Sellers (1881 - 1949)
Bertha Sellers (1880 - 1972)
Burial:
High Point Cemetery
High Point
Decatur County
Iowa, USA