June 5, 2014
Savannah, Georgia- Cecelia Gunn Seiler passed away Thursday, June 5th, after a lengthy illness. Born in Upatoi, GA, to Mary Charles and Cecil Gunn, she spent much of her childhood in Muscogee County. She graduated from Columbus High School. She attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia before transferring to the University of Georgia, where she pledged Chi Omega sorority. It was there she would meet her future husband, Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler.
The couple would be given a solid white English bulldog puppy as a wedding gift. They named him UGA, and the University of Georgia Mascot dynasty would begin. Cecelia would lovingly raise and care for eight generations of the beloved dogs for over fifty-five years. After moving to Savannah following college, Cecelia worked for Savannah Bank. She later would work with Convention Consultants welcoming hundreds of visitors to the city each year.
She was a member of the Junior League of Savannah, active in Children's Theatre, the Girl Scout Council of Savannah, the United Community Appeal, the Candler Hospital Pink Ladies, and served as President of the YWCA during its merger to the YWCO in the late 1960's. As a member of the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, she was a former Sunday school teacher and in later years enjoyed caring for the Alter Linens. She enjoyed travel, her porch at Tybee, reading, needlepoint, football Saturdays, gourmet cooking and holidays with her family. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler, four children, Cecelia Swann Seiler and Charles Wilkins Seiler (Wendy) of Savannah, Bess Seiler Thompson (Shannon) of St. Simons Island, GA, and Sara Seiler Story (Todd) of Athens, GA. She leaves seven grandchildren; Margaret Chapman Story, Sara Baldwin Thompson, Anna Gibbons Story, David Tennyson Thompson, Seiler Burnette Thompson, William Gunn Story, and Cecil Wilson Seiler.
Her family wishes to acknowledge with grateful appreciation, the employees at The Oaks at The Marshes for their outstanding care of Cecelia over the last year, as well as the continued support of Doctors Stephen Malone, Clark Deriso, and Robert Rollings. Visitation will be held at The Savannah Golf Club Monday 9-10:30am. Funeral to be held Monday 11:00am at The Lutheran Church of the Ascension on Wright Square, burial to follow, Greenwich Section of Bonaventure. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension, or Hospice of Savannah. Please sign our online guestbook at www.foxandweeks.com
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel, Savannah, Georgia
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors Hodgson Chapel
7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive Savannah, GA 31406
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer from June 7 to June 8, 2014