Vera J. Seelig
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Vera J. Seelig , Age: 90
June 28, 1927 -- December 15, 2017

Vera J. Seelig of Overland Park, Kansas entered peacefully into the presence of the Lord on December 15, 2017. Vera, the youngest of three children, was born on June 28, 1927 to Willard S. Jackson and Florence V. Jackson. She was raised and lived in Salina, Kansas until after her sophomore year in high school when she and her mother moved to Manhattan, Kansas. She graduated from high school in 1945 and enrolled at Kansas State University. During the summer following her freshman year in college, she attended a Youth for Christ International Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was while attending this conference that Vera committed her life to following Jesus Christ. Her commitment resulted in an immediate hunger for biblical knowledge and friends who would share in her love for the Lord. Not knowing what she wanted to do except enter into full time Christian service, she set her sights on enrolling in a Christian college. Unfortunately, due to situations beyond her control, the financial support she needed to attend a private college was not available. Determined to attend a Christian college, she dropped out of Kansas State and went to work at the Extension Department on the campus of Kansas State in hopes of saving enough money to get the education she would need to equip her for full time Christian service.

Three months after starting to work at the Extension Department, she met the man who would become her husband, best friend, soul mate and love of her life. Keith E. Seelig had recently returned from active duty serving as a C-46 pilot in the Pacific War theatre during World War II. They were married the following year. Both having made a personal commitment to serve the Lord, they did not hesitate when invited by Billy Graham, at the time president of the Northwestern Seminary, to leave Manhattan, Kansas and move to Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend seminary. They relocated to Minneapolis with their first daughter, Judy, and three years later a second daughter, Marcia, was born. They received their first call to serve a church in Frankfort, Kansas in 1951. Their third daughter, Rebecca, was born in 1952. For the next 21.5 years, Vera continued to support her husband’s ministry in churches in Kingsdown, Minneapolis, and Wichita, Kansas. Assisting in her husband’s ministry was not Vera’s only passion. She was a dedicated mother to her three girls. Vera and Keith unselfishly supported their children in their individual times of need.

In 1969, they left Kansas and accepted a church in Long Island, New York. During the years Vera lived in New York she taught Memorize the Word classes, led Bible studies and served on various committees including The Women’s Bible Society of New York, where she was president-elect and served on the board. In 1980 Vera and Keith relocated from New York to the warmer, dryer climate of New Mexico where they served their last nine and a half years in full-time church ministry. It was during their time in Las Cruces that Vera went back to college to finish what she had started over 38 years before. She was an exceptional student, loved studying and at the age of 61 was successful in completing her Associates degree.

They loved the climate of the southwest and decided to remain there after retirement. They moved to the Phoenix, Arizona area and stayed there until Keith’s death in the spring of 2015. Even though her role in teaching women’s bible studies and conducting retreats formally ended after retirement, Vera continued to spend countless hours writing and preparing to lead small group bible studies and support groups for widows. Vera moved to Tallgrass Creek Retirement Facility in Overland Park, Kansas in the fall of 2016 to be closer to her three children and at least some of her grandchildren. Vera was always the student and forever a teacher. What set Vera’s teaching apart from others was her depth of knowledge and ability to communicate. Vera was an avid reader and loved to travel. What she loved more than the sights was the history of the many countries and places she and Keith visited. She was able to apply the knowledge and information she acquired in her travels to her teaching. God answered her prayer and desire to serve Him by placing her in situations that would become her spiritual classroom. He allowed adversity and pain to refine her and mature her in her faith in order that she would be equipped to minister to those around her. God continually encouraged her through the healing love of friends and family so that she could show unselfish love and compassion to the broken hearted. To the very end of life, Vera never wavered in her faithfulness. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. They will rest from their labors, for their deeds will follow them” Revelation 14:13.

Vera is survived by three children: Dr. Judith Riffel, Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Marcia McIlvain, Olathe, Kansas and Rebecca Jones, Rising Sun, Maryland, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She is proceeded in death by her parents Willard S. Jackson and Florence V. Jackson, a sister, Helen Payton, and a brother, Bob Jackson. At the end of Vera’s life, she looked back and could see how God had led her each step of the way. There was no doubt in the mind of anyone who got to know her that the direction of her life changed when decades before she had made a decision to surrender her whole life to following Christ.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vera Seelig Memorial #3510082, Insight for Living Ministries, PO Box 5000, Frisco, TX  75034 800-772-8888


Nihla Harrell December 22, 2017

friend Peoria , Arizona

I met Vera when I moved to Freedom Plaza and began attending Widow to Widow group, she was always so kind and caring and a friend in the short period of time I knew her. My sympathy to the family.

Corinne Merrill December 27, 2017

Friend from Huntington NY Myrtle Beach , South Carolina

Dear Family, My mother Roberta Merrill and I want to send our condolences. Our family would have your folks over for Christmas while they were living in Huntington. We enjoyed their friendship. So many great memories. Roberta and Corinne Merrill