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Seay, Sarah Lee Meadows Sarah Lee Meadows Seay, "Sadie" to her beloved friends, passed into God's hands on December 8, 2009. She was born Sarah Lee Meadows on March 23, 1915, in Comanche, Texas, where her grandfather was an early Texas settler. She graduated from San Angelo High School and then attended San Angelo Junior College and the University of Texas at Austin. At the University of Texas, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and there met her future husband, Charles E. Seay of Dallas. They were married in June of 1937, and moved to Dallas to begin their family: daughter Sally (1939) and son Charles,Jr. (1941). World War II took her to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, where her husband was stationed in the Army Air Corps. Afterwards, she returned to Dallas, where she and her husband had two more children: Bob (1946) and Steve (1950). She lived in Dallas for the rest of her life. Sadie was a devoted family woman and lover of animals. Her support of animals and animal organizations led her to a long-standing relationship with the SPCA, Friend of Animals, Operation Kindness, and numerous dogs whose lives she saved by adoption. In the house where she lived for more than 55 years, she was a wonderful treasure trove of practical guidance on home matters. She was also a steadying influence in all aspects of family life, frequently quoting or reciting poetry "Casey at the Bat" and "Richard Cory" or short stories ("The Ransom of Red Chief")in her domestic lessons to family and friends. She was a member of the Dallas Woman's Club, the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, an Associate member of the Dallas Country Club, a trustee of Children's Medical Center Foundation, a member of her sewing club of 65 years, and a founder and leader of an impromptu group of Texas friends known as The Old Settlers. She was a gentle, loving good-hearted person-friend who induced one grateful neighborhood admirer to leave a flower on her doorstep every day. Her favorite poem was Arrow and Song: I shot an arrow into the air It fell to earth, I know not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I know not where; For who has sight so keen and strong, that it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak, I found the arrow, still unbroke; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend. Thank you friend, for the songs and the heart, the love and joy you brought us - your family, your friends, all creatures great and small - in a long, loving lifetime of devotion and care. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Seay, Sr., her son, Charles E. Seay, Jr., and her nephew, Robert R. Meadows. She is survived by her children, Sally Seay Stout, Robert L. Seay, and Stephen M. Seay, four grand-children, Wilson Stout, Sarah Lee Stout, Charles Stout, and Michael Seay, and one great granddaughter, Ashley Stout. She is also survived by nephews George Seay, Jr., John Seay, Henry E. Meadows, Thomas O. Meadows, John B. Meadows, and Bill Meadows, and nieces Lisa Meadows, Susan Meadows, Edith Seay Jacobie, and Marty Seay Norman. The Seay family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the following care-givers: Mike Cano, Dolores Cano, Judy Grimes, LaVista Gossett, Ida Flakes, and all the personnel at Caregiver Support Systems. Funeral services will be at Highland Park Presbyterian Church at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10. Memorials may be made to Children's Medical Center Foundation, 2777 N. Stemmons Freeway Suite 700, Dallas, Texas 75207, or to Metroplex Animal Coalition, 8333 Douglas Avenue - Suite 1350, Dallas, Texas 75225.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 9, 2009
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