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Dena Rebecca Lyles Seymour

February 21, 1931 - December 31, 2017

Dena Rebecca Lyles Seymour, 86, passed away in Columbus, Texas, on Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Dena was born on February 21, 1931 in Oak Flat, Texas to William Taylor Lyles and Grace Vaughn Lyles. She attended Henderson schools and graduated from Henderson High School in 1948. She attended Scott & White School of Nursing in Temple, Texas, and graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree and Diploma in Nursing from Temple Junior College, passed her nursing exams and became a Registered Nurse in 1951. While at Scott & White, she met James Dunn Seymour who was stationed at Fort Hood. After graduation, she worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston.

Dena married James Dunn Seymour, Jr. on May 27, 1952 at the First Baptist Church in Columbus. She worked at various institutions as a registered nurse in the Columbus area, including: Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus Independent School District, River Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center, Eagle Lake Home Health Care, and for the State of Texas as a Nurse Auditor. She served as a Board Member of the Colorado County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and the Nesbitt Memorial Library in Columbus. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Columbus throughout her life.

Dena was preceded in death by her husband, James Dunn Seymour, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Dr. Cornelia Lyles Garrett of Emory, Texas. She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Dr. John W. (Carolyn) Seymour of Mankato, Minnesota; James R. (Cathy) Seymour of Missouri City, Texas; and Thomas L. Seymour (partner Dr. Robert Burress) of Houston, Texas. She is survived by five grandchildren: Christine Seymour Baumann (spouse Tim) of Minot, North Dakota; Meredith Seymour of Owatonna, Minnesota, and Mitchell, Michael, and Mason Seymour of Missouri City.

Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church, Columbus, TX, on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Victor Morrison, officiating.

Visitation will be at First Baptist Church on Saturday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Burial will take place in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus, TX.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Nesbitt Memorial Library, 529 Washington Street, Columbus, TX 78934; or to the charity of your choice.


Dena Rebecca Lyles Seymour
February 21, 1931 - December 31, 2017



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