Jean Black Seegmiller, age 89, died Thursday, April 6, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas following an accident at home. She was born January 19, 1934, in Roosevelt, Utah and raised in McAllen, Texas. She was the daughter of Alma Cox Black and Marion Ellen Ross Black, and had one brother, Donald Ross Black.
Jean grew up in McAllen, Texas and graduated from McAllen High School. After graduation she attended Brigham Young University, where she met the love of her life and sweetheart, David William Seegmiller. They were married on September 1, 1954, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Their marriage spanned more than 60 years.
Jean was a loving daughter, sister, and friend to those that knew her. Most importantly, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her husband, David, adored her and together they taught their children, Donald, Robert, Sharon, and Diane, integrity, loyalty, and compassion, instilling them with the confidence necessary to pursue their dreams. Nothing brought her more joy than knowing her children were happy and safe.
Jean will be remembered affectionately by her four children: her son Donald (Marti), her son Robert (Pam), her daughter Sharon Visker, her daughter Diane Garding (Phil), 15 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren with another arriving shortly. Jean leaves many beloved friends throughout the world and country, many of whom considered her their surrogate mom.
Jean and her family lived for a short time in the California Bay Area while David earned his doctorate degree, then for many years at the Air Force Academy north of Colorado Springs. While in Colorado Springs, Jean work for the Western Horseman Magazine. Later they lived several years in England, and finally retiring with David in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in Albuquerque, Jean continued to work as a bookkeeper/accountant for Michaels’. Her final home was San Antonio, Texas where she could get out of the snow.
Jean was an exceptional wife and mother. She cared deeply for her family, neighbors, and everyone around her. Her kindness was not out of obligation, but because of the kind of person she was. She was the first to offer help when she perceived a need. She volunteered in her community and her church. She was a fixture as a room mother when her children were young. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Camp Fire Girls leader. She volunteered at a suicide crisis hotline.
She was an excellent artist from a young age. She was constantly drawing the world around her, mainly horses. A label on a scrapbook of her drawings says, “Spent a lot of time drawing when I should have been doing dishes, beating rugs and dusting for Mom”. Having a family significantly cut down the time she had to do her art, yet she still learned how to oil paint and illustrated two children’s books. Most of her artistic talent found an outlet decorating birthday cakes, making Halloween costumes, and creating gingerbread houses, holiday cookies, and helping her children create posters for school.
She loved animals. She was particularly fond of English Bulldogs. Her second favorite breed was anything that could wag its tail. She loved most any type of music, good books, good movies with a bowl of popcorn, turquoise jewelry, chocolate, pecan pralines, vast landscapes, and great Southwestern food.
Jean will always be profoundly missed by those who knew her.
Jean will be laid to rest with a short Graveside Dedication on Tuesday, April 18, at 11:00 am, at the Hinckley City Cemetery. Those attending are invited to gather at the Nickle Mortuary, 190 S. Center St. in Delta, 10:00-10:40am, before traveling to the cemetery. Online condolences my be left at www.nicklemortuary.com
In lieu of flowers, please donate to either:
Shriners Hospital or
ASPCA The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals