Nancy Lee Seeley (sponsored obituary) |

Nancy Lee Seeley (sponsored obituary)

Nancy Lee Seeley

Long-time Grass Valley resident Nancy Lee Seeley passed away May 5 at the

local Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, at the age of 89. A Memorial Service

for her will be held Saturday, May 24 at 2:00 pm at the United Methodist

Church in Grass Valley. A Reception will follow, to be held in the

fellowship hall of the church.

Nancy was born on June 14, 1918 to parents Lieutenant Oscar Dean and


(Welter) Davidson at Omaha, Nebraska. Tragedy struck the family on March 16,

1919 when Lieutenant Davidson, U. S. Signal Corps, died in a storm-forced

crash landing while on a pilot-training flight out of Ellington Field,

Houston, Texas.

Nancy was raised by her mother and grandparents Charles K. and Mae (Sanford)

Weller at the grandparents’ home in Omaha. Nancy was a remarkably precocious

child, the family noted. An honors student through grade and high schools in

Omaha, Nancy went on to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, earning a

Masters Degree in Mathematics, graduating about 1940.

Both before and after graduation, Nancy was employed as a “University

Mathematician” on R and D Projects in the fields of Naval aircraft ordnance

and related systems ‹ work undertaken by the University under contract with

the U. S. Navy Department. In time, the project (and various key people,

including Nancy) were transferred by the Navy Department to the (then) Naval

Ordnance Test Station at China Lake, California. Nancy arrived in 1945, and

was recognized as a very able mathematician. She became a skilled computer

programmer also.

Nancy’s hobbies were Bridge (Life Master), logic puzzles, hand crafts

(knitting in particular) and The Dance, be it Ballroom, Folk, Square or

Round. On 19 October, 1953 Nancy and Walter Leonard Seeley (known as

Leonard), an Aeronautical Engineer at the Station, were married in Las

Vegas, Nevada. They continued square and round dancing as recreational

activities, and in time became accredited Round Dance Teachers.

Nancy retired from the (by then) Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, in

1972-Leonard in 1974. They moved to Grass Valley in 1977, purchasing a house

on Kenwood Drive. They danced with the local square dance clubs for many

years, Nancy cueing and teaching the round dances.

Nancy was a member of the Captain John Oldham Chapter of the Daughters of

the American Revolution and a member of the Anna Howard Shaw Circle of the

United Methodist Church. She will be sorely missed, and her memory treasured


She is survived by her husband Leonard. She will be buried in the Webber

family cemetary, Forest Lawn, in Omaha, Neb.

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