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Dee Seeley

Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, at First United Methodist Church for Dorothy Jean “Dee” Seeley of Artesia.

Seeley, 74, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at her home.

Rev. Monty Leavell will officiate the services. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Dee was born Aug. 15, 1943, in Peekskill, N.Y., the daughter of Charles and Jean (Hardin) Kirby.

On May 28, 1977, she married Robert Seeley in Las Cruces, and the couple moved to Hope in 1978.

Dee worked in customer relations for New Mexico Gas Company and was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Artesia Clean & Beautiful, Artesia Emergency Relief, and the Helpers Club.

Dee enjoyed gardening, crocheting, reading, drawing, shopping and travelling. Her claim to fame was that she was once touched by Elvis.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Seeley, of Hope; son David Seeley and wife Betty of Hope; daughters Corinne Larranaga and husband Phillip of Hope, Elizabeth Gilbert and husband Randy of Capitan, and Kristen Seeley of Artesia; brother Lee Kirby and wife Evelyn of Durango, Colo.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Barbara Kelly and husband Ron of Carlsbad, Calif., and Kathy DuBose and husband Tom of Brawley, Calif.; brother-in-law Edward Seeley of Las Cruces; and her special companions, Brittany, Chancy, Janell and Mousie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; niece Kimberly Kirby; mother-in-law Helen Seeley; and sister-in-law Marionette Seeley.

The family wishes to thank her caregivers, Norma Renteria, Lina Esparza, Sanjuana Torres, Helen Aguilar, Gloria Armijo, Kayla Welch, Norma Salcido and Kate Perez.

Memorial contributions may be made to Paws & Claws, 501 Paddy Wagon Way, Artesia, N.M., 88210; or a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.