Obituary

Lynette Seator (1929 - 2009)

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Lynette Seator passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, in the home of her daughter in Overland Park, Kan. She lived in Jacksonville from 1967 until 2003 when she moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, her home until the end of her life.
Dr. Seator was professor of Modern Languages at Illinois College from 1967 to 1989 and Professor Emeritus from 1988 until her death. She earned a Ph.D. in Spanish literature from the University of Illinois in 1972, completing her course work and dissertation while her husband attended law school and they raised four children.
Dr. Seator was recognized for her scholarly publications, innovative academic programs, inspired teaching and humane concerns. She established programs committed to the inclusion and education of women and minority students and received several grants to support her work, including two from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Seator traveled widely in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, took groups of students on international trips and organized international symposia. She published the proceedings of one symposium in Changing Lives of Russian Women: Conversations and Contentions (1998).
Dr. Seator published individual poems in various journals and published two volumes of poetry, After the Light (1992) and Behind the Wall Poems (1999). She conducted poetry workshops in two Illinois correctional institutions and edited two volumes of poetry written by inmates, Hear Me Out: Poems from Prison (1996) and Speaking through the Bars: Poems by Women (1999).
Born Lynette Hubbard in Chicago in 1929, in 1949 she married Gordon Douglas Seator, an associate judge in Morgan County from 1971 and circuit judge from 1979 until his death in 1988. Lynette is survived by her three daughters, Pam, Penny and Patricia Seator; two grandchildren, Claire and Marc Cerda; and son-in-law Richard Skorman. She was preceded in death by her son Glen, who died in 2002.
Dr. Seator's family and friends remember her for her grace, beauty, intelligence, humanity, spirit and determination to do whatever she set her heart on; and her wonderful garden, in which she always found time to work.
A memorial to celebrate Lynette Seator's life will be held at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to publication of Lynette's final poetry manuscript, Flowers and Dust. Contributions may be sent in the name of Lynette Seator Memorial Fund, c/o Penny Seator, P.O. Box 2082, Yucca Valley, CA 92286. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kccremation.com. The Cremation Society of Kansas and Missouri is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27, 2009
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