Betty Jean Seeley

February 15, 1934 ‒ April 21, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Betty Jean Seeley (Stalnaker) age 86, of Delaware, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Betty was born in Brownsville, WV on February 15, 1934 to Alvin and Emma (Dulaney) Stalnaker.

On September 2, 1951 in Marietta, Betty married the love of her life, Rev. Brady A. Seeley, at the age of 17, and the two were married for 68 years. Betty was a graduate of Marietta High School class of 1952. She served as State Treasurer for Business Professional Women (BPW) of Ohio, Business Manager for multiple Chambers of Commerce and for the YMCA of Port Huron, Michigan. Betty was a proud working mother, a member of the United Church of Christ, and enjoyed singing in the choir.

Above all else, Betty valued her family most. She enjoyed family gatherings, watching the Ohio State Buckeyes play, and was happiest holding a baby in her arms. The love and memories she leaves behind are endless. She will be forever missed by everyone who knew her.

Betty is survived by her husband, Rev. Brady A. Seeley, Former Pastor of Gilman United Methodist Church of Marietta, Ohio; two children, Dwaine A. Seeley (son), Dawn K. Seeley (daughter in-law), Debra L. Comstock (daughter), Dennis Jay Comstock (son-in law); 4 grandchildren, Anthony Seeley, Jessica (Chuck) Seeley, Matt (Valerie) Holsinger, Janine (John) Sickmeyer; 8 great-grandchildren, Michael, Austin, Chloe, Weston, Eloise, Aldrin, Astrid, Orson; twin-brother, Beryl Stalnaker of Florida; brother Kinzy Stalnaker of Vienna, and multiple loving nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Betty is preceded in death by two sons, Allen E. Seeley on July 26, 1986 and Dwight A. Seeley on July 16, 2016; brother David Stalnaker on July 22, 2015; brother Paul DeVaugh on May 5, 1983; and sister, June Gephart on January 2, 2017.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.

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The Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • I am so heartbroken about losing the strongest woman we ever got to know. She loved her family with all of her heart.

    May we all find peace in sharing memories together and continuing her life through ours. I love you, grandma and I’ll miss you forever.

  • I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I know that Betty (Jean) played an important part in your family and that she will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m thinking of and praying for you to have peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family as your mourn the passing of this wonderful woman and celebrate her life.

  • I was saddened to read this obituary in the Marietta Times, but it brought back fond memories. Some 60+ years ago, I attended confirmation classes led by the Rev. Brady Seely in Lowell, Ohio. Classes were held in the parsonage of St. John’s E. & R. Church. Sometimes, we even got to play with their pet dog…a boxer, I believe!
    Apparently those classes made an impression, as my wife and I now live in Marietta, where we are active members of First Congregational UCC.
    I offer my prayers, condolences and best wishes to Brady and his entire family.
    Bill (Billy) Peoples

  • We are so sorry to learn of our friend Betty’s passing. We have many fond memories with Betty and her family not only when they resided in Marietta but long after. We were always welcomed with open arms to visit them wherever they were and spent many fun times with them in Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brady and the entire family. She surely will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

  • My sincere condolences to the Seeley family. Betty was as much a grandma to me as my own; I loved her so much.
    No matter what was going on with her, or how bad she may have felt, her first questions were always “How are you doing?” “Are you well?” And always I love you.

    A beautiful soul who will never be forgotten.

  • I am so sorry for your loss Debbi. I never got the chance to meet your mother but I know she was a wonderful woman because you are. I ask for God to put his arms around you in the next coming months and gives you strength you need each and every day. May God bless you and the family.