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Madeleine Seymour Succumbs Suddenly

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Ms. Madeleine Seymour a long time teacher, bible worker, and church leader suddenly passed away this past Monday. Seymour was 93-years-old but worked as a teacher until she was 88-years old. One of her crowning achievements was to attend the Detroit Conservatory of Music to study piano.

Deaconess Seymour was born on December 23, 1917 in Michigan to John Wesley and Charlotte Rose Hill.  Mother graduated from Ecorse High School and matriculated to Wayne State University after her last child entered kindergarten. She accepted Christ at an early age and until 17 she attended the Baptist Church. Her life changed when a tent meeting of the Seventh day Adventist Church came to town. From that day on she was baptized into the church.

She was first married to the late John Douglas Lacy, and to that union two sons were born. Later, as a widow, she was raising her sons when she met and fell in love with Perry “Charlie” Seymour who was raising his daughter and son. They married and had another child together, which was a miracle since doctors had previously told her that her child bearing days were over. Daughter Charlotte was born and Mrs. Seymour decided to finish her education once her youngest was in school. That sustained her until she was over 80 years old.

The family moved to California for entrepreneurial opportunities in 1959. In Los Angeles they enjoyed the milder winters. In Los Angeles the family experienced business opportunities, Mrs. Seymour found a teaching position at Paramount Junior High School, and joined the fellowship of Wadsworth/University Church. Soon after 1967, the family had another business opportunity and moved to San Bernardino where Mrs. Seymour would teach at multiple schools in the area. She would retire from Shandin Hills Junior High, but she wasn’t suited for retirement. She went to work in a bank, long enough to qualify for Social Security. Later missing her work in education, she returned to teaching at Bloomington Middle School, and retired for the second time at 88 years young.

Upon her arrival in the city she united with K/16th Street Seventh Day Adventist Church and furthered her ministry. She started teaching Sabbath School, and would later become superintendent of Sabbath School, and President of The King’s Daughters. She participated in numerous special projects in the Chancel Choir and the Bible work team. She was a religious reporter and contributed to The Black Voice News, The American News, and the Precinct Reporter. At the time of her passing, she was still an active Deaconess in the church.

Throughout her adult life, she lived with a belief in vegetarianism and the tenants of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She received numerous awards and accolades during her lifetime, throughout her service in the church, schools, and her community.

She leaves to cherish her memory husband Charlie Seymour, daughters Charlotte (Bruce Hall), Donna (LeRoy Baker), and Pat Walton, son Larry Lacy, 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 4 greatgreat- grandchildren, and a host of other relatives, friends, and church family.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her sons (Bobby, and Douglas), and daughter (Francis).

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