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Jeanne Ann (Glass) Seaver

February 5, 1940 ~ March 3, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Jeanne Seaver Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Jeanne Seaver on March 3, 2024, at UNC Health Appalachian Hospital in Boone, NC, after a brief, unexpected illness. 

Jeanne is survived by her loving family including her daughter, Kathryn Merino (Kevin), and son, Craig Seaver (Sarah). She was a proud grandmother to Zachery and Matthew Merino. Jeanne is also survived by her sister, Joan Martin, and her nephews, David (Freda), Andrew (Eva), and Daniel (Joy) Martin.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carlton Seaver; her brother, Johnny Glass; and her parents, Carl and Ann Glass.
Jeanne was born on February 5, 1940 in Kingsport, TN. She first met her husband Carlton while studying at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, TN. They began dating during her undergraduate studies in textiles and home economics at University of Tennessee Knoxville. After they married, she went on to earn a master's degree in counseling at Purdue University in Indiana, and served as a guidance counselor to many high school students during her long career. 

Jeanne's faith was a source of strength throughout her life. She attended St Mark's Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC and the Church of the Holy Cross in Valle Crucis, NC. She connected with many close friends, including Dick and Kirkie Gibson, and her Lectio Divina group, on her spiritual path. 

After losing Carlton in 2005, she gathered her strength and went on to honor his memory by living life to its fullest, enjoying creative projects, spiritual retreats, trips as far away as Greece, and time at her cherished mountain getaway.  She loved snuggling with her cat, Julian. 

Jeanne had a fearless spirit and amazing creative energy. She loved to tell the story of how she was one of the first women to jump waterskiis on Boone Lake in Sullivan County, TN during her courtship with Carlton, and had the knee scar to prove it. She loved curating and creating decor to enhance her environment. She had a talented green thumb, and often remarked that "digging in the dirt" was good therapy as she created a lush oasis of flowers and plants in her back yard and on her back porch every summer. She was an avid quilter with a gift for color and pattern selections. In her later years she enjoyed knitting scarves with a diverse array of yarns. She often used her knitting skills to create hats for newborns at the hospital, and volunteered her time delivering Meals on Wheels for many years. She loved attending performances by the North Carolina Symphony and was a devoted fan of bluegrass artists the Kruger Brothers and Doc Watson. Jeanne and Carlton enjoyed exploring the North Carolina coast in the off season, soaking up the beauty and solitude, and enjoying local seafood. Jeanne always found solace and joy in the mountains of North Carolina, and for many years delighted in hosting gatherings with her dear college friends Brenda and Herb Hooper and Dottie and Bob Moore.

In 2019, she was diagnosed with dementia and moved full-time to the mountains. Her journey with dementia often challenged her fierce sense of independence, but she faced it with courage. 

As we remember Jeanne, we humbly ask that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made towards the Alzheimer's Association. Donations can be made through the following link: https://everloved.com/life-of/jeanne-seaver/donate/. Her family appreciates the outpouring of love and support shown during this time.

Jeanne's contemplative spirit, loving heart, and passion for life will be deeply missed, but forever remembered. She left an indelible mark on the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known her.

In lieu of flowers, Jeanne's wish was to have gifts in her memory made to her longtime church in Raleigh, St Mark's Episcopal Church. Gifts in Jeanne's memory may be made to St Mark's Memorial Gardens care of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, 4800 Six Forks, Suite 300, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609. For more information, please  visit Jeanne's memorial website https://everloved.com/life-of/jeanne-seaver/.

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