E.J. Seeley


June 2, 1919 -- Dec. 16, 2009

COLLEGE PLACE -- Emma Jane "E.J." Seeley, 90, of 550 E. Whitman Drive died Dec. 16, 2009, at Regency at the Park in College Place.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the College Place Presbyterian Church, 325 N.E. Damson St., with Pastor Robin Peterson officiating. Concluding services and interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla. Those wishing to pay their respects may call at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater on Tuesday 9-12 p.m., 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the College Place Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund through the funeral home.

Mrs. Seeley was born June 2, 1919, in Pendleton, to Frank and Jane M. Conarty Johnson. She graduated from McLoughlin Union High School in 1937. She attended the Walla Walla Business College. She then worked for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

She married Tyler Woodward Seeley in Walla Walla in 1942. The couple moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, and then later to the San Francisco area. Mr. Seeley preceded her in death.

Mrs. Seeley enjoyed volunteer work. She was with the Quilters of the College Place Presbyterian Church, prepared meals for the Christian Aid Center and volunteered for the American Red Cross and Sunnyhills School in Marin County, Calif. For many years during the holidays, she decorated a small local restaurant in Tiberon, Calif., and helped maintain a small park area near her home in Belvedere, Calif. She also helped manage a gift shop at Ross General Hospital in Marin County, where, under her guidance, 5,000 applique tote bags were produced and sold.

In 1983, after 40 years of work, she was recognized for 15,000 or more volunteer hours over more than 20 years, setting a record for Marin hospital volunteers. She continued volunteering until her return to Walla Walla in 2002.

Mrs. Seeley was a member of the College Place Presbyterian Churh, Fort Walla Walla Museum, honorary member of the Class of '39 and the San Francisco Yacht Club.

She is survived by a granddaughter, Victoria Bedeau of Indianapolis.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lois Seeley; a granddaughter, Kathryn Bedeau; three sisters, Margaret "Margie" Lamb, Lois Vasilio, Edna May Jordon; and a brother, Harold Johnson.


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