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Vaughn Seckington

May 8, 1919 — December 26, 2023

Creston, Iowa


Eula Vaughn (Fryar) Seckington, age 104, passed away December 26th, 2023, at her home in Creston, Iowa.  Services will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 30, 2023 at the First United Methodist Church in Creston.  Rev. Jodi Rushing officiating.  Open visitation will be 2-6 PM, Friday at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center in Creston (no family will be present).  Vaughn will be laid to rest in the Graceland Cemetery in Creston.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church and/or EveryStep Hospice.  Memories and condolences can be shared online at

Vaughn was born in Ravenwood, Missouri, May 8th, 1919. She was the daughter of Leland and Neva (Grantham) Fryar. Vaughn graduated from Ravenwood High School in 1937.

On April 22nd, 1938 she married the love of her life, Dave Seckington in Troy, Kansas. Dave and Vaughn lived in Missouri until 1945 when they moved to Creston, Iowa to run Mahan Hardware. In 1957 they purchased Mahan Hardware, and it became Seckington’s True Value. Vaughn worked at the store and in 1967 she added a toy and gift section to Seckington’s. During these years Dave and Vaughn added three children to their family, Carolyn Sue, Larry Lee, and Norma Louise.

Dave passed away in 1982, and it was then that Vaughn found a real passion for volunteering and giving back to her community. Over the years, Vaughn sat with over 100 hospice patients, provided respite to families, helped run Meals on Wheels through Greater Regional Hospital until the program ended, and spent countless hours volunteering and making food for the Creston First United Methodist Church. She was acknowledged for her years of community service throughout her life. In 1997 she was Creston’s Citizen of the Year, in 2004 she was nominated by Annette Rice, and was awarded the Iowa State Fair Iowan of the Day, and in 2019 at the age of 100, she was honored to be one of Creston’s 4th of July Parade Marshalls. Vaughn was a member of the Creston First United Methodist Church for 78 years, Creston PEO for over 33 years, and Chautauqua for 70 years.

Vaughn enjoyed traveling and took several trips with friends to Elder Hostels. Her favorite trip was to Jerusalem, and being baptized in the Jordan River when she was 71 years old. If asked, Vaughn would say spending time with family was her favorite thing to do, playing dominoes or cards, having tea parties, playing castle, barrel of monkeys, and attending or watching the many activities of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, or great- great-grandchildren. Vaughn’s kitchen was always open and had an endless supply of food. She was known for her fried chicken, good salad, and gooseberry pie. She would always ask if you needed more to eat so you would stay longer. Vaughn cherished her role as a wife, mother of three, and Grandmother to 33. She was a role model, prayer warrior, and always shared her love for her Lord Jesus Christ.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters Carolyn Eaton, Creston IA, Norma (Luke) Longoria, Mankato, MN; 8 Grandchildren Vaughn (John) Howig, Lenexa, KS, Kirk (Michelle) Eaton, Bartlesville, OK, Corey (Barbara) Eaton, Frisco, TX, Chris (Patty) Eaton, Mt. Ayr, IA, Jim (Leaf) Seckington, Julie Seckington, Clive, IA, Tonya (Pete) Salvucci, Ankeny, IA, Torie (Brian Hulett) Holden, Mankato, MN; 16 Great- Grandchildren, Samantha (Shane) Summers, Shawnee, KS, Megan (Jake) Urban, Archer, NE, Brandon Eaton, Creston, IA, Bryant (Dusty) Eaton, Rice, TX, Hanna Eaton, Seguin, TX, Austin Eaton, Frisco, TX, Allison Eaton, West Des Moines, IA, Connor Eaton, Des Moines, IA, Abby Eaton, Mt. Ayr, IA, Neva (Tyson) Morlan, Tillie Seckington, and Coral Zimmer, Clive, IA.  Jenna Salvucci, Ankeny, IA, Grant Salvucci, Baltimore, MD, Kayla Holden and Nathan Holden, Mankato, MN; 9 Great-Great-Grandchildren Lily and Penny Summers, Shawnee, KS, Camden and Emmerie Urban, Archer, NE, Paisley and Cooper Eaton, Mt. Ayr, IA, Lilly and Hunter Eaton, Rice, TX, Zion Morlan, Des Moines, IA; and daughter-in-law, Linda Seckington, Overland Park, KS, and sister-in-law Janet Fryar, Midwest City, OK.

Vaughn was preceded in death by her husband Dave Seckington, son Larry Seckington, parents Leland and Neva (Grantham) Fryar, sister Helen and Garland Lewis, brothers Ron and Rex Fryar, and Son-in-Law Butch Eaton.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Open Visitation

Friday, December 29, 2023

2:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center - Creston

809 W Montgomery St, Creston, IA 50801

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Funeral Service

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Creston First United Methodist Church

400 North Elm Street, Creston, IA 50801

Memorial Contributions may be directed to:
First United Methodist Church or EveryStep Hospice

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