ST. ALBANS — Our beloved Doris went to be with the angels and her Lord on Jan. 9, 2014, while in the arms of her life partner, Mara Vijups, and her daughter, Sharon Morris, with several close friends also at her bedside.
Doris was born on July 14, 1941 in Schenectady, N.Y., to Lucius and Grace Seeley. Her faith was quiet and deep, sustaining her all her life, especially through the rough times when she knew God carried her. This was especially true when brain cancer was diagnosed last April. She lived every day with grace, humor and faith.
Music was a gift she developed from an early age. Doris had a magnificent alto voice, excelled at the bassoon, and was an accomplished pianist and accompanist. She attended the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam receiving her BS in Music Education in 1963. She had served six churches since 1981, the last 17+ years at the FCC of St Albans. She admired the music and organs of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This past July Doris was given the opportunity to play “Amazing Grace” on the original organ in the Tabernacle and it was a true highlight in her life.
She is survived by the love of her life, Mara Vijups, MD; her daughters Sharon Morris and husband, Dan, and Sandra Hughes; her brother David Seeley, his wife, Elaine, and their children.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Organ Fund at the First Congregational Church, 27 Church St., St. Albans, VT 05478 (please indicate “Organ Fund”). Doris loved this instrument.
Doris’ memorial service will be on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of St Albans. Assisting Doris’ family is the Heald Funeral Home where messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.