CANTON/MAGGIE VALLEY — We give thanks for the wonderful life of Nellie Mae Hall Seeley, 94, who was carried home by the angels on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Nellie was born May 2, 1925, into the loving family of the late William Monroe Hall and the late Effie Lee Sutton Hall. She was proud to have been raised among the beautiful mountains where she was born and in Nellie’s own words, “When you are in the mountains you are closer to Heaven.”

Mrs. Seeley had been employed with Champion Paper and Fibre Company for 25 years of dedicated service. Nellie’s immeasurable love for her family and her strong Christian faith was an example for each of us to follow.

Mrs. Seeley was a member of Maggie Valley First Baptist Church and her beloved church family held a special place in her heart. She was her family’s Prayer Warrior and her caring heart was always filled with love and concern for others.

One of her greatest joys was spending time at her cabin in the mountains with her special great-niece, Lori, and the happy memories that they shared together will be forever cherished.

Nellie’s knowledge and love of our mountain wild flowers and her natural gift of being able to grow any type of plant or flower from a simple was amazing to everyone.

As we remember Nellie we think of her love for her family, her true Christian values, her patriotic pride and the loving and caring lady that she was each and every day. She blessed our lives and now on this day her Heavenly Father has called her home to eternal glory.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Seeley who passed away in 2005; a sister, Dorothy Louise Cope and a brother, William Hall.

Mrs. Seeley is survived by her loving family.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Pastor Ricky Mason officiated. The family received friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial was in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Old Clyde Road.

The Seeley family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff of Haywood Lodge and also to her special caregivers, Margaret and Brenda for the care and concern given to Nellie.

Memorials may be made to the WNC Alzheimer’s Association, 31 College Place, Suite 103, Asheville, NC 28801.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Seeley family and words of comfort may be shared at

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