Jan. 25, 1922 — May 10, 2014
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Verlin Louise Gudgel-Seaman peacefully passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the age of 92 in Woodland, Calif. She was born Jan. 25, 1922, to Lloyd Louis Gudgel and Cecile Jennie (Garrett) Gudgel, the second of seven children. She was born in Boggy Depot, Atoka County, Okla., which was the capitol of the Choctaw Nation in the 19th century. She was 12 years old when her family migrated to California during the Dust Bowl era in 1934. Her family was among the more fortunate as their new farm and dairy in the San Joaquin valley eventually thrived. Verlin graduated from Chowchilla Union High School in 1939.
Her first job as an executive secretary was for a judge in Fresno, Calif. She met her husband, Lee Gordon Seaman, in Fresno. They were married on Aug. 20, 1945, in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., where Lee served in the military during World War II. Following their return to California, they settled in Los Angeles, where they worked and raised a family. Verlin was employed by Northrop Corporation as an executive secretary for more than 30 years.
Upon retirement, she and Lee built a new home in Mt. Aukum, Calif., where she lived until October 2000, at which time her son and daughter-in-law moved her to Key Largo, Fla. Verlin returned to California in August 2005 and was living in Palm Gardens in Woodland at the time of her passing.
She had many abilities and accomplished much, especially in her love for crafts. Verlin often made gifts for others in some form of handwork such as personalized quilts, collages or ceramics. Her outgoing personality touched the lives of many people. She will be remembered for the loyal friendship, generosity and kindness to others.
Verlin was preceded in death by her father (1979); her mother (1998); her husband (1995); her son, Kenneth Lee Seaman (2004); a nephew, Randal Lee Gudgel (2001)’ her brother, Lee R. Gudgel (2008); and her sister, Rosella L. Thornsberry (2010). She is survived by her granddaughter, Wendy Seaman of Sacramento, Calif.; her brothers, Loering L. Gudgel of Grants Pass, Ore., and Robert W. Gudgel of Chowchilla; her sisters, Dale Kaiser of Chowchilla and Pat Gasich of Los Angeles, Calif.; seven nieces; 10 nephews; 17 grandnieces; 21 grandnephews; eight great-grandnieces; and 12 great-grandnephews.
Verlin was interred on May 19 at Monument Hill Memorial Park in Woodland, near her sister, Rosella.