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Nancy Seaton

Nancy Seaton
March 8, 1920 – May 25, 2022
Yorktown, Va. – Nancy Lillian Withnall Seaton lived a wonderful life for 102 years. She was an amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, great- great grandmother and friend. Nancy was born on March 8, 1920 in Birmingham, England and at age 4, she and her parents and 2 older brothers, Harold and Lynn, voyaged to Australia to pioneer the Outback. She grew up in Perth, Western Australia, where her 4 younger siblings were born, Chick, Jimmy, Sadie and Patty.
Working at the Watheroo Magnetic Observatory, Nancy met Stuart Seaton, a handsome American scientist, who she married in 1937. Nancy and Stuart then moved to America and lived in Washington DC where their first daughter Faye was born. During WWII they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where Stuart started the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska and their daughters Gail and Kathy were born. Nancy hosted dinner parties and Stuart played his mandolin. Nancy was one of the first women to drive the Alaskan Highway, from NJ to AK. When they returned to Washington Grove, MD, their fourth and youngest daughter Margaret was born. Nancy took citizenship classes and proudly became a U.S. citizen, voting in every election since.
In 1957 the family moved to Hampton, VA for Stuart’s job as a Physicist at Fort Monroe & NASA at Langley Field. Nancy was a Real Estate Agent and an accomplished artist. When Stuart retired in 1972, the couple fulfilled their dream of sailing around the world in 2.5 years on their 45 ft. sailboat, the Que Coisa. They lived in their Hampton home on the Chesapeake Bay for over 60 years. Nancy lived there independently after Stuart’s passing in 2006, until the age of 101.
Nancy is the grandmother of 8, great-grandmother of 18 and great-great grandmother of 7. She loved flowers, birds and all animals, especially golden retrievers and cats. She fed the wild ducks and guinea hen daily in her yard. In her 60’s she received Jesus as her Savior and hosted a Bible Study in her home for many years. She loved the Lord Jesus and the Bible and she was a prayer warrior for her family and country. She is now peaceful with the Lord in heaven and reunited with her husband and parents, daughter Faye and other loved ones that went to heaven before her. She is greatly loved by her family & friends and she loved all of us so well. Nancy was kind, quick witted, smart, loving, strong willed and feisty. She was known for her Jesus hugs, chocolate chip cookies, hospitality, a cup of tea and stories about her wonderful life! We will miss her greatly, but are thankful for the many, many years we were blessed to have her in our lives and we look forward to seeing her again in heaven. Her legacy lives on in her family:
Children: Gail Nobles (Rick), Kathy Cottrell (Steve), Margaret Brittingham (John), Grandchildren: Shelley Nobles Oberlander (Steve), Eric Seaton Nobles (Kelly), Lisa Gatz-Daniel (Chris), Kevin Brooks (Karen), Todd Cottrell (Kim), Michael Cottrell (Jenny), Laura Cottrell, John Warren “John Boy” Brittingham, Great-grandchildren: Hannah Knecht (Damian), Noah Oberlander, Daniel Oberlander (Denise), Mary Oberlander, Madison Nobles, Rachel Nobles, Katie Nobles, Chloe Seaton Nobles, Christopher Gatz, Garrett Gatz (Savannah), Luke Withnall Gatz, Rachel Chandler (Jake), Adam Cottrell, Drew Cottrell, Zachery Cottrell, Joshua Cottrell, Stuart Brooks and Jackson Brooks, Great-Great-Grandchildren: Rylie Gatz, Jaxson Fitchett, Joshua Gatz, Cooper Gatz, Colton Gatz, Liam Gatz, and Gracelynn Oberlander. She is also survived by her brothers in Australia, Chick Withnall (Doreen) and Jimmy Withnall (Barbara) and numerous other dear relatives.
A Celebration of Life Service will be on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Amory Funeral Home 410 Grafton Drive, Grafton, VA 23692
Donations in honor of Nancy Seaton can be made to her favorite charities: York County Fire and Rescue P.O. Box 532, Yorktown, Va 23690, SPCA, Cat Corner in Hampton, Jewish Voice Ministry and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
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