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Obituary: Sue Seely

Sue Seely, former spouse of Antioch professor John "Bud" Hogarty

Sue Seely, age 83 of Bellingham, died July 22, 2010. She was born March 9, 1927 in East Lansing, MI to Harlan Murray Hungerford and Sarah Irene Prichard. Sue grew up in Kent, OH, where her father was a Professor of English at Kent State University. She attended schools in Waukesha, WI, and Kent, OH. Sue graduated from Oberlin College with an A.B. in English Literature and Kent State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education.

Sue worked in Chicago in settlement houses, taught school, and worked as a librarian. She was a foster parent during her first marriage, and volunteered with many charitable organizations. Sue was married to the late John W. Hogarty of Antioch College from 1951-1969. She lived in Yellow Springs and Fairborn, OH and Mesa, AZ.

Sue married Gilbert R. Seely on August 15, 1969 and they joined their two families together. They moved to Bellingham in 2000 and have been active members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where she was a member of St. Anne's Guild, sang in the choir, and volunteered with Vacation Bible School.

She was a lover of the arts and of English language and literature. Music and travel have always been an important part of her life and she traveled on concert tours to Europe with the Arizona State University Chorus. Sue will always be remembered for her love of children, especially babies. She was blessed with many friends, and her fine wit and wisdom will be missed. She left this life as she lived it, peacefully and with lots of love for everyone.

Sue was preceded in death by her brother, Richard M. Hungerford. She is survived by her husband Gil of 41 years; children of her first marriage Anna, Timothy, Ellen and John Hogarty; children of her second marriage David (Mary), Dawna, Edward (Lisa), and Robert Seely (Kirsten); 7 grandchildren, Elisabeth, Joseph, Kaleigh, Kyle, and Connor Seely, John Jr. and Stephanie Hogarty; nephew Paul Hungerford, and nieces Amy Sutton and Mary Beth Batt.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Sat., Aug. 7, 2010 at 11 AM, followed by a reception. Memorials may be made to the local charity of your choice. Westford Family Funeral Home & Cremation Broadway at Eldridge