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Ardis "Lynne" Seymour

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Ardis "Lynne" Seymour In Memoriam
ARDIS "LYNNE" SEYMOUR She was the young girl from Ames, Iowa. One year ago today, January 14, 2013, A. Lynne Leymour passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by both heavenly and earthly angels. She fought a courageous but all too brief battle with an aggressive cancer. She was determined to beat it. She was pro-active, and kept a positive up-beat approach through the entire ordeal. Lynne was born in Ames, Iowa, October 3, 1938. She graduated from Ames Senior High School in 1956. She then went on to Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in teaching. She came out West to begin her long and celebrated career as an elementary school teacher specializing in art. She later received a Masters Degree from the University of LaVerne. She taught in the Jurupa Unified School District for 32 years mainly at Troth St. Elementary School in Mira Loma. After her years at Troth, she became the district art coordinator and teacher, traveling to all of the elementary schools and sharing her talent with hundreds of students. She retired in 2003. She continued to teach children at the Riverside Art Museum and furthered her education of art by taking classes in mosaics, gourds, metalwork, fused glass, etc. Collages seemed to be her forte. She would pick up anything by the side of the road and just keep it for that special project. Lynne was the consummate volunteer. She was a member and volunteered her time with the Children's League of Riverside, the Assistance League of Riverside, UCR Botanic Gardens, The Fox Theater, Old Riverside Foundation, Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, Riverside Art Museum, Art Alliance, and the Renovators. She turned her love of plants into knowledge and with the guidance of "Nanscapes" helped create a beautiful drought tolerant backyard that was open to many local home tours. It was also classified as a "Wildlife Habitat." She also loved to travel. Even when Lynne was very sick she was determined to take her last adventure, a trip to New York City with 3 friends. She so wanted to see the sights of Christmas, the Rockettes, MOMA, Rockefeller Plaza, etc. She was limited but she was so determined and did make that trip. She treasured her relaxing trips to Pine Top, AZ., with friends Gregg and Edie Nelsen. She also loved Sante Fe, N. Mex. Her rusted metal cactus, Sonoma style fireplace, etc. all were images from these travels. Lynne loved anything Southwest. Her house, a Spanish Mediterranean cottage built in 1931, was filled with treasures from all her travels. She was also a great supporter of local Riverside artists. Works by Helen Bell, Marty Tobias, Tiffany Brooks, Janet Edwards, Judy Davies, etc., adorned her walls and floors. She was preceded in death by parents Hazel and Ray Seymour. She is survived by a brother, Philip Seymour and wife Kathy of Minnetonka, Minn. Her Troth St. retirement friends Barbara Martin, Gregg and Edie Nelson, Dorothy Baca, Euniece Brockett, Sherry Bachman, Anita Avellino-Cantwell will miss her at their monthly gatherings. Gone out front of her home is the 8 ft. metal cactus with its neon green lights decorated at Christmas time. Her neighborhood family includes: Billy, Michelle Logan and Tony Arrigo, Dennis and Gloria, Michelle, Freni, and Beverly. She may have dropped her position as Co-toy Queen but loved her second Friday of the month co-workers at the Assistance League, Jan Mickelson, Marla Jones, Judy Richardson, and Irie Peters. A special thank you to Diane Clelland and to Phil and Jan Vinocur for making a forever home for Lynne's beloved Rusty. Also thank you to Lucille and Mark for providing special care for Jade. Nancy Canter, her forever friend, will miss her weekly calls and holiday get-togethers. Dan Coco and Laurel from Carriage House Restorations always made special time for Lynne as did Mike of Mike's Fitness. Earth Angels, Michelle Logan, Karen Fleisher, and Holly Haggerty, will just miss her. In Lynne's honor a memorial brick has been placed at the Riverside Art Museum, a "Volunteer of the Year" award at the Fox has been renamed in her honor. The UCR Botanic Gardens are in the final stages of planning their memorial as well. Lynne left her estate to the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center. Any further contributions may also be made in her name to Mary S. Roberts or the UCR Botanic Gardens. Lynne Seymour Teacher - Volunteer - Beloved Friend You will be forever missed.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 14, 2014
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