Margaret Ann (Smith) Seeley
1929 - 2015
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LONG BEACH, Calif. – Margaret Ann (Smith) Seeley, 86, of Belmont Shores Mobile Estates, died July 22, 2015, at Los Alamitos Medical Center.

The daughter of Earnest Barcroft and Margaret Morrow (Bates) Smith, she was born July 4, 1929, in Topeka, Kan., and delighted in the nation annually celebrating her birthday with fireworks.

Margaret graduated from Topeka High School in 1947 and attended Washburn University, Topeka.

She married Norman Lee Seeley July 25, 1950, and they drove to California, living in the San Diego area. In 1956, they moved to the Los Angeles - Long Beach area, where she lived the remainder of her life. They had three children: Daniel Scott, born July 9, 1954; Nancy Lee, born June 12, 1956; and Kelly Brent, born July 18, 1960.

An avid sports fan, Margaret played volleyball on community teams into her 70s. She was particularly devoted to the men's and women's volleyball teams at California State University-Long Beach. She attended their games with her good friend Bobbie Schmidt as part of an unofficial two-woman fan club adept at attending potlucks held for the players and their families.

Margaret also loved a good bargain and for many years regularly investigated weekend garage sales with her bicycle and a predetermined route. She also had a keen interest in happy hours, clubhouse potlucks, the Dollar Store, coupons and free entertainment, in particular local outdoor concerts.

An accomplished duplicate bridge player, she competed regularly at the Lakewood Senior Citizen's Club at Palms Park and, by all accounts, dominated. In previous years, she played with the Long Beach Senior Duplicate Bridge Club.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, who died Dec. 6, 2006, a son, Kelly, who died June 26, 2013, and two sisters: Patricia Ann Smith, who died at 3 years old, and Nancy Ann Smith, who died Oct. 3, 2008.

She is survived by son Daniel Scott Seeley and his wife, Mary, of Truth or Consequences, N.M.; daughter Nancy Lee Orth and her husband, Adam, of Greenfield, Mass.; granddaughters Spirit Seeley of Henderson, Nev., and Abrah Orth of Springfield, Mass; and great-granddaughter Morgan Seeley.

There was a celebration of Margaret's life held on Sunday, July 26 at the Belmont Shores Mobile Estates clubhouse in Long Beach. Domenico's pizza, Alsace Lorraine carrot cake and additional dishes brought by guests -- Margaret's favorites -- were served. Friends and family were encouraged to bring stories to share.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Los Alamitos Medical Center Auxiliary, 3751 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720, care of Susan Morales, or to the charity of one's choice.

Long Beach Colonial Mortuary is in charge of her cremation.

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Published in Gazette Newspapers from Sep. 18 to Sep. 25, 2015.
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October 23, 2017
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Annie Horne
April 2, 2017
There are no words that can ease the pain of losing someones beloved. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your loved one is in God's memory because those who passed are precious in his eyes. Psalms 116:5. You and your family have my deepest condolences.
March 15, 2017
To the family of Margaret Ann Seeley, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure you will miss her dearly. Please find comfort in knowing one day we will see our loved ones again. John 6:40. Matthew 5:5.
January 12, 2017
With deepest sympathy, may the power of prayer ease your sorrow, give you peace and provide much comfort for you and your family during this difficult time. (Matthew 21:22)
D. Wilmington-California
December 31, 2016
With deepest sympathy, may the power of prayer ease your sorrow, give you peace and provide much comfort for you during this difficult time. Matthew 21:22
October 26, 2016
Offering sincerest sympathy for your loss. May your cherished memories help to console your hearts during times of distress.
January 12, 2016
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Isaiah 26:4,
December 31, 2015
May the God of all comfort be with your family and friends.
December 22, 2015
My condolences to the family during this difficult time...with the help of the family and the grand creator you all will find peace to cope. ........
September 28, 2015
My heart goes out to you for your deep loss you must be feeling for your beloved Margaret. How sad to lose someone so loved and so needed. May you find comfort in prayer and in one another. (Jeremiah 29:12,13)
September 22, 2015
I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. May loving words comfort your family at this time of sorrow. Isaiah 57:15
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