Nellie Hall Seeley

Saturday, May 2, 1925 - Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Dearly Loved

Photo of Nellie Hall Seeley  - 1925-2019

Canton/ Maggie Valley- We give thanks for the wonderful life of Nellie Mae Hall Seeley, age 94, who was carried home by the angels on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Nellie was born May 2, 1925 into the loving family of the late William Monroe Hall and the late Effie Lee Sutton Hall. She was proud to have been raised among the beautiful mountains where she was born and in Nellie’s own words, “When you are in the mountains you are closer to Heaven.”  Mrs. Seeley had been employed with Champion Paper and Fibre Company for 25 years of dedicated service. Nellie’s immeasurable love for her family and her strong Christian faith was an example for each of us to follow.  Mrs. Seeley was a member of Maggie Valley First Baptist Church and her beloved church family held a special place in her heart. She was her family’s Prayer Warrior and her caring heart was always filled with love and concern for others.  One of her greatest joys was spending time at her cabin in the mountains with her special great-niece, Lori and the happy memories that they shared together will be forever cherished. Nellie’s knowledge and love of our mountain wild flowers and her natural gift of being able to grow any type of plant or flower from a simple cutting was amazing to everyone.  As we remember Nellie we think of her love for her family, her true Christian values, her patriotic pride and the loving and caring lady that she was each and every day.  She blessed our lives and now on this day her Heavenly Father has called her home to eternal glory.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Seeley who passed away in 2005; a sister, Dorothy Louise Cope and a brother, William Hall.

Mrs. Seeley is survived by her loving family.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Pastor Ricky Mason will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Old Clyde Road.

The Seeley family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff of Haywood Lodge and also to her special caregivers, Margaret and Brenda for the care and concern given to Nellie.

Memorials may be made to the WNC Alzheimer’s Association, 31 College Place, Suite 103, Asheville, NC 28801.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Seeley family.

Condolences from family and friends


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My deepest sympathies for Nellie's Family. She was a ray of light who greeted me every day with Beautiful smile. I would ask her how she was doing and she always wanted to know how I was doing first. Always, seem to putting other people first before herself. Her laugh was infectious. It was a true privilege to be able to help with her care. She raised a very good bunch of Family , who I would like to call My Family as well! I Love You All and will Miss her deeply . Please keep in touch with me? GOD BLESS YOU ALL! LOVE AND LIGHT! MICAH
Micah J. McLean
Nellie was a bright light and a fine Christian lady. Some of my fondest memories are being on the mountain with Nellie, Bruce, Lorie, Bill, Frank and me. We shared so many laughs and stories. The meals were always so good. She taught me so much about mountain cooking, like looking beans, fried green tomatoes and here special dressing, she always had a jug of sweet tea. She was one of a kind, I have longed to have just one more day with her on the mountain. It is a blessing to look back on teaching Sunday school at our beloved Maggie Valley Baptist Church. Planning her wedding, because she and Bruce eloped when they were young and she never had the bride experience. She was so elegant and happy. She always said tootie, when Bruce or Bill would tease her, but she loved them both. I know she and Bruce are in heaven and we will all be together again.
Frank and Zaida Mangum
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Seeley. I have known her and her husband most of my life as an 'almost neighbor' on Fie Top Road and later through the sweet tributes of her great niece Lori. It is a blessing to have good people in this world and Mrs. Seeley will be missed. I will have your family in my prayers.
Shelly Coker