Obituaries » Mary P. Seals
September 4, 1938 - January 9, 2023
Service Date: January 14, 2023
Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa
Mary Pearl Seals was born September 4, 1938 and moved to Heaven on January 9, 2023.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Corinthian Baptist Church (814 School St.) in Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. prior to the funeral, also at the church. Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on January 16, 2023 at Memorial Park Cemetery (6605 Morningside Ave.) in Sioux City, Iowa. The funeral will be livestreamed at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI49k5_XRXcmelfAiCSNX-A It will also be livestreamed on the Corinthian Baptist Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CorinthianBCdsm
Mary was born to Lee and Anna Triplett in Louisville, Mississippi, where she also attended high school. After marrying, she moved to Sioux City, Iowa where she raised her six children as a single mother.
Mary never knew a stranger and everyone was always welcome in her home. If you came to her house you knew you were going to have a great meal. She was famous for cooking from scratch! If you ever asked her for a recipe, if you didn’t understand what a “pinch of this”, or “a little of that” was, then it definitely wouldn’t taste the same as hers!
True friendships are hard to come by, but for sixty years, Mary and Ms. Lee (Ellington) shared an unbreakable bond and sisterhood. Together they laughed, watched soaps every day, but did NOT miss discussions about the Bible. And, as true friends do, they gossiped! If you ever needed to know anything about anybody in the city, you just had to ask Mary or Ms. Lee.
She was also a nanny to several children, and a mentor to those around her-young and old. Through those relationships many of them have come to refer to her as “Mom”. Her children, grands, and great-grands were the love of her life. In every conversation she talked about how proud she was of them.
Mary was strong, steady, tenacious, unwavering, and determined. She practiced the Word of God, was fervent in prayer, and demonstrated that above all else, God was the center of her life!
She is survived by her children, Margaret Seals of Ankeny, IA, Phillis Seals of Des Moines, IA, Judy Seals of Portland, ME, Doranda (Abolaji) Akinbo of Palm Coast, FL, and Lindsey Seals of Ocala, FL; five grandchildren, Charles Mercer, Rashad Demps, Ore Akinbo, Ayo Akinbo, and Sade Akinbo; four great-grandchildren, Natalia Mercer, Nakyra Mercer, and Nazarius Mercer, and Reinan Demps; and many extended family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; oldest son, Carl Seals; sisters, Ida Davis, Sylvia Jackson, Jesse Peer, Martha Triplett, and Geneva Hickman; brothers, Leslie Triplett, Walter Triplett, James Triplett, Ernest Triplett, and Larry Triplett.