Obituary: Sharon June Seaver

Submitted by Cheney-Witt Funeral Home

Sharon June Seaver, age 87, a resident of rural Fort Scott, Kans., passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Missouri.

She was born March 31, 1930, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Harrison Dunbar and Mary Logston Dunbar.  Because her mother died when Sharon was six months old, Sharon was raised by her grandfather, Hiram Dunbar.  She married Ira Melvin Seaver on September 29, 1946, at Fort Scott.  They celebrated sixty-nine years of marriage prior to his death on March 1, 2015.  Sharon was a devoted wife and mother, who always put the needs of her children above her own. She was an accomplished seamstress who made all of her daughters’ clothing, including their coats and formal gowns.  She enjoyed doing crafts, making jewelry and ceramics and knitting as well as reading and tending to her flower gardens.  She was only able to receive an eighth grade education, but worked to complete her GED later in life.  She was a member of the First Church of God and had helped teach Sunday school and Bible school.  She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include her three daughters, Cheryle Childers and husband, Ron, of Tallahassee, Florida, Janice Seaver, of Fort Scott and Susan Hildabrand and husband, Rick, also of Fort Scott; and four grandchildren, David Smith and wife, Donna, of New York State, Daniel Smith, of Tallahassee, Brett Hildabrand, of Shawnee, Kans., and Kristen Keenan and husband, Ben, of Kansas City, Mo., and two great-grandsons, Samuel and Adam Smith.

Rev. Phil Wilson will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the First Church of God.  Burial will follow in the Lath Branch Cemetery east of Fort Scott. Memorials are suggested to the Best Friends Animal Society or the Samaritans Purse and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


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