Brownwood - Connie Louise Seward, 99, passed away on February 4 at Care nursing facility in Early, TX. Interment will be at Rocky Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Louise was born on July 10, 1921 in Cisco, Texas to Clyde "Jack" Graves and Nellie B. Horn Graves. She graduated from Cisco High School in 1939, having been a star basketball player in the early days of women's basketball. She married James "Jim" Ellis Seward on October 20, 1945. They had two children, Marjorie Ann Bodenhamer and David Seward, on whom Louise doted all her life.
Louise saw and did many things in her 99 years. She was a homemaker, worked in the school cafeteria, sold Avon, kept the books in the family business and even drove a bulldozer right alongside Jim as they cleared much of the land near Lake Brownwood. She and Jim traveled the United States in their motor-home throughout their retirement, doing what they loved most: making music. Louise loved playing her piano and constantly had a song in her heart and on her lips. Whether it was Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, or an old gospel hymn, she so loved to play and sing. Even when she busied her self around the house in cooking or cleaning she would whistle and hum tunes of joy.
More than anything Louise loved the Lord. She was a living example of grace and peacemaking in her life. She was sure to teach her children and grandchildren about the faith, and always sought to live a life of care for others, giving generously through her years to St. Jude's Children Hospital and Paralyzed Veterans of America. Louise joined Grosvenor Baptist Church in the early 2000's and was so proud to see the growth in that little country church over the years.
Louise is survived by her son David of Brownwood, TX; surrogate daughter Brenda Seward and husband, Sam of Bangs, TX; grandson James Bodenhamer and wife, Brook of Fredericksburg, TX; grandson Jack Bodenhamer and wife, Kim of Belton TX; three great-grandchildren, James Ellis, Ella Ann, and Cason Jude.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim, her daughter Marjorie Ann, grandchild Jeffrey Ellis, and great grandchild James Caleb.
The family would like to thank the wonderful people at Care Nursing in Early for their great work throughout these last years and Solaris Hospice for the final days. In lieu of flowers please give to St. Jude's Children Hospital, Paralyzed Veterans of America or Grosvenor Baptist Church.
Published on February 07, 2021