Leah Mae Seelye

HARTWICK TWP. — Leah Mae Seelye, 91, was born in Hartwick Township on June 26, 1924, and passed into glory on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.

Her nickname, "Pug," came from her grandfather, Lemuel Myers. She was raised on a farm in Avondale and graduated from Evart High School in 1943. On May 2, 1944, she married Vernon Eugene Seelye, the only boy she couldn’t "kneel" in a game of mercy. During World War II, Leah built wing de-icers for airplanes while Vern served in the U.S. Navy.

After the war, she became a homemaker and mother, raising three children. She loved her Lord and Savior from early childhood and was active in Sunday School and Child Evangelism Fellowship for many years. In the early years she painted flannelgraph backgrounds and taught five-day clubs, making a flannelgraph come to life. She later taught classes at Grove Christian School.

She and Vern took many mission trips together to countries including Paraguay, Papua New Guinea, Romania, France and Venezuela, serving full-time missionaries in the field by working on projects and providing encouragement.

Leah is survived by her three children, Sandra Wong, of Laingsburg, Gary (Nancy) Seelye, of Bath and Jeffrey (Susan) Seelye, of Bath; 15 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; mother, Alice Grinnell; father, Walter Lavern Lambert (who died when Leah was 4); a wonderful stepfather, Ford Grinnell; brothers, Cecil Lambert and Leo Lambert; sister, Edith Reedy; and son-in-law, Rick Wong. She will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, with visitation starting at noon at Graham Church, 8920 Britton Road in Laingsburg, with Pastor Mike Hixson officiating. A meal and fellowship will follow at Grove Bible Church, located at 6990 Price Road in St. Johns.