Helen Wilson Seager

Helen Wilson Seager, 98, widow of Carl A. Seager, and beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of many, died peacefully Oct. 7, 2012, at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington. Daughter of the late H.V. and Bessie Raines Wilson, Helen was born in Wayne County, W.Va., on Feb. 28, 1914. Carl and Helen married before her graduation from Huntington High School in 1932. They moved to Milton in 1940, when Carl was employed as a butcher at Roberts’ Store. They later co-owned Milton Food Center, the main market for the growing town. Helen devoted her life to the selfless service of her large family and many friends. During her 72 years in Milton, she was a president of the Milton Central School PTA, a member of the Milton High School Band Boosters, and a member and president of the Milton Garden Club. For many years, Helen led the kitchen ladies at the Garden Club’s annual Arts and Crafts Fair. She was the oldest member of Milton Baptist Church. Among her many talents were cooking, sewing and gardening. All her friends and neighbors in Milton came to appreciate the hot loaves of homemade bread which she frequently carried to their doorsteps in times of celebration, illness or grief. She is survived by one son and two daughters, Carl D. Seager of Milton, Mary F. Seager Taylor and her husband George A. Taylor of Salem, S.C., and Janet Seager St. John and her husband George R. St. John of Esmont, Va. She was predeceased by two adult sons, Lt. (j.g.) Charles E. Seager USN of Virginia Beach, Va., and Hugh A. Seager of Fraziers Bottom; as well as three grandsons, Gregory A. Taylor, Chet A. Seager and Michael H. Seager. Helen is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. The grandchildren are Jeff G. Seager of South Charleston, W.Va., C. Rodney Taylor of Punta Gorda, Fla., John S. Taylor of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Catherine St. J. Robb of Afton, Va., Elizabeth St. J. Milligan of Manakin-Sabot, Va., Virginia W. St. John of Reston, Va., George B. St. John of Austin, Texas, Kristen A. Seager of Milton, Erin M. Seager of Barboursville, C. Eric Seager of Barbourville, and Carl D. Seager II of Milton. A visitation will be held at Heck Funeral Home in Milton on Monday, Oct. 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by funeral services at the funeral home on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. Burial in Milton Cemetery will follow the service. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Huntington, P.O. Box 464, 25709 or Milton Baptist Church, 1123 Church Street, Milton, WV 25541. Condolences may be sent to www.heckfuneralhome.com.