Margaret Seeliger Heumphreus


Margaret Seeliger Heumphreus
Aug. 10, 1911 - Aug. 2, 2011

Margaret Seeliger Heumpreus, 99, passed away Aug. 2, 2011, in Walla Walla. Margaret was born to Edward (Ed) B. and Mary Draper Foster in Walla Walla on Aug. 10, 1911. She lived in Walla Walla and with the exception of one and a half years in Glendale, Calif., Grade School, she attended and graduated from St. Vincent Academy.

She discontinued her nurse's training at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima to marry Charles (Swede) N. Seeliger, blessed in St. Patrick Church on Jan. 5, 1931. They moved to and homesteaded in Hermiston on a diversified farm for 14 years. She was a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church and active in church work. She also was a charter member of Westland Grange and Sunshine member. She worked as a first aid nurse for Ordinance Town Construction Company and at the Eastern Oregon Turkey Growers Association and was a 4-H Leader.

She and her family moved back to Walla Walla to the Seeliger Farm for her husband’s mother. After they improved the farm, his mother sold it and they moved to 207 McAuliffe, where her husband worked for Starr Sherman Fuel Co. until his death May 31, 1962.

She married Bernard Paul Heumphreus in St. Patrick Church on July 4, 1964. Mrs. Heumphreus worked St. Mary Hospital, Birdseye Cannery, St. Patrick and DeSales cafeterias, Abe Mathison Co., Martin Ranch, St. Vincent de Paul and Lutcher’s Vending until her retirement in 1974. After her husband retired, they did extensive traveling in foreign countries and the U.S.

She was a member of St. Patrick Church and active in Altar Society, serving as president for four years. She belonged to DeSales Booster Club, Daughters of the Pioneers, served as president for two years, Daughters of the American Revolution, Catholic Daughters 668, U.S. local Senior Citizens, Walla Walla Pioneer and Historical Society and in earlier years, did volunteer work on dolls for St. Vincent de Paul and in the library at Vet’s Hospital and a member of "S.O.S." (Save our School).

Mrs. Heumphreus is survived by two sons, James (J.J. or Jim) and wife Patty Seeliger and Stan Seeliger, all of Walla Walla; two stepdaughters, Joan George of Hermiston, Marilyn and husband Jim Wardrip of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Donna Richwine of Pasco and son-in-law, Vincent Locati of Walla Walla; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Charles Seeliger; second husband, Bernie Heumphreus; an infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth Seeliger; two sons, Chuck and John Seeliger; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and Eddie Meliah and Eleanor and Bill Lilwall; two brothers, John and Edward Foster; sister-in-law and close friend, Margaret Graham; daughter-in-law, Margaret Sparks and two stepdaughters and son-in-law, Barbara Locati and Donna and Dallas Baldwin.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 8, from 1 p.m. until after the Rosary at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla. The Rosary will be recited Monday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. also at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home with Sister Helen Mason officiating. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Patrick Kerst, celebrant. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Catholic Schools or charity of choice through the funeral home.


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