Townville native in Grand Ole Opry renews wedding vows

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Country music royalty and a fifty-one year member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie Seely and her husband, Gene Ward, have renewed their wedding vows. 

Seely is the only member of the Grand Ole Opry from Pennsylvania.  She was born in Titusville and grew up Townville, Crawford County one of four children raised in a two story farm house.  Read more about her early days growing up in NW Pennslvania here:

The couple rejoiced in Gene’s recovery over the last year and renewed their wedding vows at the The Renewal of Vows Ceremony on the Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam ship Country Music Cruise.

Ronnie and Donna Barrett from Murfreesboro, TN stood in honor as the witnesses to the sacred vows. Jeannie and Gene were wed on November 20, 2010. Seely had to cancel her appearance last year due to the hospitalization of her husband.

“The reason Gene and I wanted to renew our vows is because first of all, we can!!  So many of the fans, artists and personnel were on the cruise last year and were aware of how ill Gene was, and there were so many prayers said on our behalf. I thought it might be nice for them to see Gene standing up there looking so sharp in his suit,” said Jeannie Seely. “The best praise report that we could possibly give was the doctors calling him a medical miracle, which I believe, and I also believe in the power of prayer. This opportunity was very special for not only us, but the fifteen other cruise guests renewing their vows that shared the event with us by renewing their vows at the same time!”

Ms. Seely also wowed the guests with three stellar performances of her own, hosted two ninety minute, back to back Grand Ole Opry shows, hosted a wine tasting with iHeart Radio Crook & Chase co-host, Lorianne Crook, participated in an autograph session and played a very entertaining Family Feud game show with country music crooner, Johnny Lee.

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