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Memorial Service

R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Wakefield Chapel
Monday July 11th, 2022

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Mary Barbour Rixey Seward

Mary Barbour Rixey Walker Seward, 79, of Surry passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2022. Born September 25, 1942, in Petersburg, Va., she was the daughter of Ellen B. and Lewis M. Walker, Jr.; and wife of the late B.A. “Nab” Seward, Jr.

Barbour worked as Registered Nurse and after her retirement continued to serve her community by volunteering at the Surry Free Clinic and crafting with the residents of Waverly Rehabilitation Center and Magnolia Manor in Smithfield, Va. She enjoyed playing bridge with friends and luncheons with her fellow retired nurses. She was a member of the Surry Historical Society and the Petersburg Ladies Memorial Society. She was a faithful church member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Surry.

She is survived by her children, Ellen Barbour Mauger (Damien) and Anthony “Tony” Seward (Lisa); grandchildren, Rhyne A. Seward, Jeremy L. Seward (Lauren), Adam Seward, Rixey Mauger, and Aubrey Mauger; brothers, Lewis M. Walker, III (Joanie), Robert C. Walker (Marilyn); and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, July 11, 2022 at R.W. Baker & Company, Wakefield Chapel, 11414 General Mahone Hwy. with Rev. Ray Rowland officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Surry Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 188, Surry, Virginia 23883, United States or Crater Community Hospice, cratercommunityhospice.org. Online condolences may be registered at www.RWBakerFH.com.

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Sorry for your loss prayers for you and

Farron and Kaye McDaniel Jul 11 2022 10:07 PM

Ellen and Tony I'm so sorry for your loss.

Katherine Vargo Jul 9 2022 3:43 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Seward

John and Lorraine Curling Jul 8 2022 9:44 PM

Barbour was a great friend and mentor to this "newbie" to Surry County. She persuaded me to pick up the game of bridge again after a 50 year absence. She urged me to join the Surry Co. Historical Society, and she introduced me to the joys of the Smithfield Little Theatre.
Barbour was very generous in her giving as well. Even though she was not a member of Surry United Methodist Church, she gave several significant dona-tions to our church over the years.
I feel very blessed to have had her as a friend. Peace to you in your heavenly reward, Barbour.

Sherry Baxter Jul 8 2022 10:42 AM

Ellen, Your mom's heart has touched so many people. Her helpful hands crafted works of art that still hang proud in the rooms of her friends at Waverly. They will greatly miss her. I will miss her in and especially outside work. She'd never hold back on her advice, and always treated me and the kids like her own. I know she's at peace and beyond proud of you ❤️

Chris Brittle Jul 7 2022 11:04 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Seward

Linda Thompson Jul 7 2022 7:46 PM

Ellen, I hope you truly realize how proud Barbour was of you and the girls. She found the love if her life in "Nab" and her DNA carries forward.
Barbour worked her way through the ranks to achieve her nursing license;from nursing assistant, to LPN to RN. In that journey she developed skills and gained knowledge that enabled her to provide compassionate and skilled care to many patients in her charge.
Hold on to her paintings. Hold on to the memories.

Mary Grace Padgett Jul 7 2022 7:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Seward

Donnie & Meredith Edwards Jul 6 2022 8:41 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Seward

Jodi Seward Boland Jul 6 2022 8:31 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Seward

Ricky and Lois Rowell Jul 6 2022 8:04 PM

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