Helen B. Seaborne, 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California with family by her side. Until suffering a stroke the day prior, she had remained the beautiful, lighthearted and thoughtful lady whom her family and friends have always loved. She is fondly remembered for her generous nature, for the kindnesses she offered in place of judgment and her willingness to put family before herself. She acknowledged every birthday and anniversary, and her love of all things Swedish was often reflected in her charming greetings. Her special signature could be recognized in everything she did.
Helen was born in Monrovia, CA and attended Oneonta Elementary School and South Pasadena Middle and High Schools. At her father's insistence, she learned to play the accordion to entertain family guests, participated in swimming and diving competitions at Alamitos Bay and played a social game of tennis at the old Dos Robles Club. She went on to earn an Education Degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she met her future husband, John K. Seaborne Sr.
Helen and John spent most all of their married life in San Marino, CA. Their handsome and comfortable home reflected Helen's exceptional taste and was a constant place for family gatherings, where memorable traditions were established. Helen welcomed company for all the holidays and, just last year, she hosted her extended family for Christmas in Carpinteria, where they had the good fortune to celebrate Helen's Almost 90th Birthday.
Over the years, Helen was active in the Assistance League Of Pasadena, Huntington Memorial Clinic Auxiliary, Las Floristas Children's Charities and Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Gamma. She also found great enjoyment as a longtime member of the San Marino More-Social-Than-Sewing Club, as she put it, and The Town Club in Pasadena. Helen expressed her passion for the decorative arts through studies at UCLA and then by providing professional residential services as a partner of Swansea Interiors with her good friend, Charlotte Swanson.
Helen is survived by her three sons and their families: John K. 'Jack' (Mary) Seaborne Jr. and granddaughters Eleanor Seaborne and Vivian Seaborne; David F. Seaborne; Douglas H. (Marianne) Seaborne and grandson Henry Seaborne; and grandson Robert Seaborne.
Helen also leaves her sister, M. Jean Brunnenkant; her sisters-in-law Alice E. Seaborne and Esther K. Seaborne; her cousin, Dorothy B. Bowen; along with six nieces, four nephews and their families, and loyal friends in San Marino and Pasadena.
Helen was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, John, to whom she always devoted great care, and especially so during his final years; her beloved parents, Hart and Ruth Bellinger; her special niece, Barbara L. Nolan; brothers and sisters-in-law whom she counted as friends; plus aunts, uncles and many other cousins with whom she was so fortunate to grow up in Southern California.
A Celebration Of Life will be held at Villa Gardens residences on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM (842 E. Villa St, just West of Lake Ave in Pasadena 626-463-5300) Private interment will take place at the Santa Barbara Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of Pierce Brothers Turner & Stevens Mortuary, San Gabriel, CA.