SHELBY Annabelle Annita Seeley, 92, died Sunday, May 20, 2007, in Billings.
A memorial service will be held at the Community Methodist Church at 2 p. m. on Sunday. Annabelle was born Dec. 20, 1914, on the Sathre homestead west of Havre. She attended country schools near Kremlin and graduated from Havre High School in 1932. Shortly thereafter she began to work for J.C. Penny’s in Havre. Annabelle married Charles Wilbur Seeley on Sept. 19, 1938. Soon thereafter they moved to Shelby, where they started the Shelby Bottling Co. Except for a short move back to Havre during World War II, Annabelle helped Wilbur manage the bottling works right up until his death in 1980. Following the death of her husband, Annabelle continued to live an active, full life, which included enjoying the family cabin near Glacier Park, spending winters in Mesa, Ariz., and traveling to all parts of the world with her traveling partner, her daughter Anita. Annabelle was always ready for a round of golf or a bridge party. Throughout her life, Annabelle demonstrated a true zest for life and a humble appreciation for others as well as a deep love for the Lord. True to her nature, Annabelle remained independent to the end. When no longer able to drive, she resided at the Marias Heritage Center before moving to Billings in 2004 to be closer to her family. While in Billings, she resided at the Grand Park Vintage Suites. Annabelle was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; parents, Ole and Amelia Sathre; brothers, Rex and Orville; and many friends and relatives. Survivors include her daughter, Anita Price of Riverton, Wyo.; sons, Roger (Judy Lyn) Seeley of Gilbert, Ariz., and David (Audrey) Seeley of Billings; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters-inlaw, Helen Lamey of Glasgow and Florence Seward of Seattle; and five nieces. A sincere thanks to the staff at the Marias Heritage Center in Shelby and the Grand Park Vintage Suite in Billings as well the Big Sky Hospice for the compassionate care for our mother. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Community Methodist Church in Shelby or the charity of one’s choice. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, Billings and Whitted Funeral Chapel, Shelby, are in charge of arrangements.