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Barbara B. Seawall


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Barbara B. Seawall Obituary
BARBARA B. SEAWALL Nov 8, 1920 to Dec 18, 2017 San Mateo, CA Barbara Belknap Seawall, 97, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2017 with family members at her side. Barbara was born in Connersville, Indiana, second daughter of Rosalind Howe Belknap and Robert Brown Belknap and sister to Ann Belknap Benner and Robert Brown Belknap II. Barbara graduated from Butler University in June 1942, and went to work for the government to support the United States as a "Government Girl" in World War II. After the War Barbara worked for the Girl Scouts of America in New York City, where she met and married her husband Frank Seawall. They married in August, 1950. From years of teaching, Barbara found her true love of books and began a career in working and supporting libraries at Ohio State University in 1957. It was in Columbus, Ohio that Barbara also became involved with the League of Women Voters. She remained dedicated to the organization throughout her life. Barbara and Frank moved to Chico, CA in 1969, as Frank accepted a teaching position at Chico State University. Barbara followed her love of books and accepted a position in the university library in the Government Documents section. Barbara also became active with the League of Women Voters in Chico as well as becoming involved in local government, serving on many city and county committees. She was very pleased to have been president of the League of Women Voters for two years. After Barbara retired from the university library, her passion for books did not cease. She immediately saw the need for support to the City of Chico Public Library. Her true great love was for the Friends of the Chico Library where she was active until leaving Chico in 2007. For 38 years Barbara found so many friends and such a wonderful life in being active within the community of Chico and she remained in contact with many until her passing. Barbara moved to San Mateo, CA to be closer to family, living at a wonderful adult community, Sterling Court. Never one to lose her passion, she became the "librarian" to Sterling Court's library and continued to support the League of Woman Voters and volunteer for election precinct work each and every election. Barbara is survived by her brother Robert of Lincoln, CA and her niece Susan Sparks of Roseville, CA and 6 nephews, Dr, Robert Benner of Belmont, CA, Stephen Benner of Redwood City, CA, Richard Benner of Vallejo, CA, Robert Belknap III of Reno, NV, Scott Belknap of Grand Rapids, MN and Preston Belknap of Granite Bay, CA. Services will be private and contributions may be made to the Friends of the Chico Library or .
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Dec. 31, 2017
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