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Annabelle Annita Seeley (born Sathre)


Gender: Female

Date of Birth: December 20, 1914

Date of Death: May 20, 2007

Birth Place: Havre, MT

Death Place: Billings, MT


Spouse: Charles Wilbur Seeley

Date of Marriage: September 19, 1938

Annabelle Annita Seeley

BILLINGS – Former Havre resident Annabelle Annita (Sathre) Seeley, 92, of Shelby and Billings, died of natural causes Sunday at a Billings assisted living facility.

Her memorial service is 2 p.m. Sunday at Community Methodist Church in Shelby. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings and Whitted Funeral Chapel in Shelby are handling arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Anita Price of Riverton Wyo.; sons Roger (Judy Lyn) Seeley of Gilbert, Ariz., and David (Audrey) Seeley of Billings; grandchildren Jim (Karen) Price, Julie (Brady) Carroll, Jane (Chuck) Bisbee, Jimmy Fresorger, Kirk and Bret and Bridgette; great-grandchildren Jacob, Gavin, Brooke, Nathan and Tyler; sisters-in-law Helen Lamey of Glasgow and Florence Seward of Seattle; and five nieces.

Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend shed her earthly bonds on May 20, 2007. Awaiting her arrival will be her husband Wilbur; her parents, Ole and Amelia Sathre; brothers Rex and Orville; and her many friends and relatives.

Annabelle was born Dec. 20, 1914, on the Sathre homestead west of Havre. She attended country schools near Kremlin and graduated from Havre High School in 1932. Shortly thereafter, she began to work for J.C. Penney in Havre.

Annabelle married Charles Wilbur Seeley on Sept. 19, 1938. Soon after, they moved to Shelby where they started the Shelby Bottling Co. Except for a short move back to Havre during World War II, Annabelle helped Wilbur manage the bottling works right up until Wilbur’s death in 1980.

Following the passing of her husband, Annabelle continued to live an active, full life which included enjoying the family cabin near Glacier Park, spending winters in Mesa, Ariz., and traveling to all parts of the world with her traveling partner, her daughter Anita. Annabelle was always ready for a round of golf or a bridge party.

Throughout her life, Annabelle demonstrated a true zest and a humble appreciation for others as well as a deep love for the Lord. True to her nature, Annabelle remained independent to the end. When no longer able to drive, she resided at the Marias Heritage Center before moving to Billings in 2004 to be closer to her family. While in Billings, she resided at the Grand Park Vintage Suites until her passing.

A sincere thanks to the staff at the Marias Heritage Center in Shelby and the Grand Park Vintage Suite in Billings, as well the Big Sky Hospice for the compassionate care for our mother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Community Methodist Church in Shelby or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent online to whittedfuneralchapel.com and/or greatfallstribune.com/obituaries.

Published in the Great Falls Tribune on 5/22/2007.

[Wife of Great-great-great-granddaughter of SGS # 3606 – Charles Wilbur; Chester Bryant; Lewis Henry; Henry; William; Israel (#3606); Israel (# 1608); William; Jonas; Ebenezer, Jonas; Obadiah]

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