Melanie Gaye Seward (Shivers) of Fort Dodge, Iowa, 57, died June 14th, 2020 in her home.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 24th at 11:00 AM at Laufersweiler Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Laufersweiler Funeral Home.
Melanie Gaye Shivers was born on January 7th, 1963 in Uriah, Alabama to the late Rev. James and Tommie Mae Shivers. She attended Fort Dodge Senior High and later obtained her GED.
During her lifetime, she had four daughters with Jackie Knight and two daughters with plus three bonus daughters with Gregory Seward in holy matrimony. She worked as a Restorative Aide at Expo Health Care Center. She was a member at Second Baptist Church; during her time there, she sang in the choir, she was the Sergeant of youth drill team, and participated in a number of annual plays. She always enjoyed spending time with her daughters and was always elated when all nine girls, "The Divine Nine", were able to get together for a special occasion. Along with spending time with her daughters, she thoroughly enjoyed taking care of her 28 grandchildren as a "Traveling Grandma". She had a larger-than-life personality that was matched by her love for fashion, soap operas, and candy/sweets, hence her nick-name "Too Sweet". Among the many things her loved ones will miss most about her are her cooking (especially her sweet potato pies, spaghetti and dressing), and ability to make others smile and laugh.
Survivors include her nine daughters: Chyla Shivers, Ashley Shivers, Cierra Shivers, Avante Woolery (William), Belecia Phillips (Dustyn), Rachel Seward, Danessa Seward, Corenne Hicks (Hayworth), and Janelle Seward; her siblings: Wynetta Brown, Joelaine Al-Hameed (Hammad), Dixie Smith (Vern), Florence Shivers, Bill Shivers (Barbara), Michael Shivers, Mark Shivers, Dartonya Shivers (Rhonda), Ira Shivers (Jenny), Sheldon Shivers and Katario Roby; 28 grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her mother Tommie Mae Shivers; father Rev. James Shivers; Grandparents: M.P and Charlie Mae Brown, R.C and Ethel Shivers, Tom Culpepper; and sibling Floyd Shivers.
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I worked with Her at Expo Care Center. She was an awesome person, very warm and caring. Such a beautiful smile she lit up the room. May the light of Jesus always shine on Her.
Gary McMahon RN
God has chosen to bring our Love home. In peace she will always be. Love never dies it multiplies. Faye Shivers
My condolences to the family! Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort! Melanie “Gaye Gaye” had a Great Heart, Spirit and Soul! There was nothing she would not do for anyone! We had our share of great times together. She will be missed by me! Gone but never forgotten!
Gone but never forgotten
May God be with her
My deepest condolences to the seward's and Shivers family, to the most beautiful person in the world gay gay will be very very missed in this life, I will miss her big big smile and the big hugs I got every time I come to town, God bless her and bless her family too
My deepest sympathy to Melanie's daughters and her entire family. I, always, enjoyed working with her.
Rest in Peace, Melanie.
Thinking of all of you and sending my love, thoughts and prayers
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