Friday, July 11, 2008

Jennifer Anne Seelig

Jennifer Anne Seelig will always be a free spirit. She loved and cherished beauty in all its forms and saw the good in everything; she valued family, forgiveness, music and the arts. She taught the people around her and her four children to view the world with optimism and hope.

Born and raised in Redwood City, Calif., Jennifer set off to see the world, moving to an Indian reservation in northern California where she immersed herself fully in their life and customs. After spending a few short years in Montana with her sister, she hitchhiked to the Wood River Valley in the early 1970s to be near her mother and family. Here, she met and married Gary Nagashima, and started her own family in 1978. She made a career out of motherhood and cherished both its joys and struggles, teaching her four children core values through her own actions and supporting them in all they do.

Jennifer's impact extends beyond her family. Her charity, optimism, and intelligence were felt throughout this valley. She actively volunteered in the schools and churches and was an advocate for the integration and involvement of those who are less fortunate in our community. Jennifer was adamant that all people feel loved; as such, people gravitated towards her. She opened her home and family to the world, always enjoying entertaining guests with her delicious dishes, fine garden, and love of music. Anyone who had the opportunity to connect with Jennifer was immediately adopted as a friend.

Jennifer remarried in 2000 to David N. Seelig, whom she had met briefly 25 years earlier. With David, she regained her love of travel, seeing many cities across the U.S., but especially New Orleans, where the plants growing out of the walls of buildings filled her with delight.

David was with her until death. Though her father has passed away, her mother, husband David, and six siblings will miss her. Her four children, Frances, Louise Rose, Vincent and Emma Nagashima continue to use the lessons she taught, and hope to live up to the legacy she has left them. We will show our respect and admiration at noon Saturday, July 12, at St. Charles Church. Following the service, Jennifer's family invites you to enjoy her home and garden once again in celebration of her life. All are welcome to join, at 1320 Woodside Blvd. in Hailey.

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