Marguerite Ellis Seabough

marguerite seabough
Asheville ~ Marguerite Ellis Seabough, 100, passed away at her home, 103 Hibiscus Lane, on November 13, 2005. Mrs. Seabough was born in Tays Valley, West Virginia on July 17, 1905. When she was a year old her family moved to Huntington, West Virginia, where she grew up. Very early, her parents realized her musical talent and started her on piano lessons at the age of five. At age 7, her piano teacher told her parents her musical gift should be encouraged. That year, Marguerite began piano instruction from two of the music faculty members of Marshall College. She became the pianist at her church at age 14. Marguerite graduated from Marshall College with a degree in Elementary Education. Her first teaching position was in the coal fields of West Virginia at Amherstdale. Following her marriage to Rev. Robert Seabough, a Baptist minister, they moved to Missouri. While raising her family, Marguerite continued to pursue her education at Southwest Baptist College, Central Missouri State University and Missouri Valley College. For 14 years she taught first grade at Gallatin, Missouri, when her husband was pastor there. They moved to St. Louis where she taught first grade and kindergarten for 18 years. Mrs. Seabough moved to Asheville 19 years ago and made her home with her son, Ed. Marguerite was a devoted wife and mother who lived an exemplary Christian life. Along with her husband they encouraged their children in educational pursuits. All four children earned Master’s degrees in their chosen field of study. Mrs. Seabough was a faithful church member, serving as church pianist, Sunday school teacher and leader in the Women’s Missionary Union. In Asheville, she was a member of the First Baptist Church. Her Christian faith sustained her through out her life and was evident during her final illness. Her radiant smile and cheerful disposition continued to the end. Marguerite was the daughter of the late William Franklin Ellis and Virginia Augusta Algeo Ellis and was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Holmes Seabough; son, Jerry Seabough; sister, Zetta Williams; her brothers, Jennings Ellis and Mack Ellis; son-in-law, James Hathorn. She is survived by her daughter, Margery Hathorn of Asheville; two sons, William Seabough and wife Julie of Lafayette, LA and Ed Seabough of Asheville; her step-son, Harold Hearn of Venice, FL; a niece, Myrna Vest of Wilmington, DL.; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Guy Sales and the Rev. Donna Painter officiating. Burial will be in Kansas City, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Music Ministry, 5 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801 or to Mountain Area Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Ed,

    I will be praying for you and your family. God will always be there to give you comfort and strength.

    Liz Churchwell

  2. Ed,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you take comfort in God’s love, knowing we are never alone because he walks close beside us. I hope you can find strength in God’s presence at this time.



  3. Ed,

    Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She sounded like and incredible lady.

    Peace and strength to you and the family.

    Stuart Condra

  4. Ed: Helen and I send our deep love and prayers to you and the family a this time. I remember your mother with deep affection … especially her lively conversation and apple pie. Ray and Helen Killebrew

  5. Ed, Just to let you know you are in my prayers. Mrs. Seabough was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed. George & Ernestine Stone

  6. Ed, as you know, your Mother meant a great deal to me. Fondly, I remember her warmth, beauty and graciousness at our Christmas dinners. Truly, she was a grand lady that will be missed greatly. Thoughts and prayers to you, Margery and Bill.

  7. Ed:
    You have definitely laid up your crowns in heaven with your unwaivering love and devotion to your mother. The love and adoration she had for you was so evident as was the love and admiration you had for her. Your relationship was truly so special and I know you will miss her deeply. I thank God for the many years He allowed you to share your lives together and I thank Him for His promise that you will be together throughtout eternity. I love you and I will keep you in my prayers.

  8. We share your sorrow in the loss of your mother. She was such a pretty lady – always dressed so fetchingly. Her good parenting and love for her family are evident in the devotion with which you cared for her. Our sympathy, Carl and Martha Capps, members FBCA

  9. All my thought and prayers are with you. You are part of the WARE Family whether you like that thought or not. What a great life your mother has lived and you have been able to share with her. May you know the peace today that the Holy Spirit will bring when you sleep, pray and continue with the Lord’s work and the vast talents he has given you ….though you mom.
    All my love, Doc and Donna Ware.

  10. Ed,

    I am praying for you during this time and hope you know how much you have friends and people that care about you. May God bless you during this time

  11. Ed, you and yours are in our thoguhts. I know the last several years have been a precious time for you. I know those memories will help sustain you as you enter the next phase of your life.

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