Mary Elizabeth 'Betty' Seabury, 92: Always saw the best in everyone

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YARMOUTH — Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Seabury, 92, died on Dec. 22 the same way she lived, with remarkable courage.

Born in Connecticut, she grew up in Maine as one of five children of Matthew Y. Greenlaw and Ethel M. Carver. When she was seven, Seabury’s mother died and all of the children were dispersed among various relatives and acquaintances. During this time she grew up in Rockport, Vinalhaven, North Yarmouth and Staten Island, eventually arriving in Yarmouth. She graduated from North Yarmouth Academy and later went to nursing school.

In 1941, Seabury married Marshall Seabury and they had three children. Throughout the years she worked as a nurse, a profession she genuinely loved; her loving care and attention to her patients resulted in many lasting friendships.

During her spare time she enjoyed listening to music, learning to play a few instruments by ear and singing with several choral groups. She also enjoyed writing poetry, carving wooden crosses which she gave away as gifts, reading, playing board games, spending time at the ocean and going out to breakfast with friends. She was a woman of strong Christian faith and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Yarmouth.

Gifted with a wonderful sense of humor, she was an unpretentious person who embraced life and saw the best in everyone. When asked once how she would like to be remembered, she replied, “As a loving person,” and her friends and family will remember her this way. Her gentle mannerisms and quiet willingness to help others will be cherished remembrances of her life.

She was predeceased by her husband and by all over her siblings: Ernestine, Evelyn, Gordon and Parker.

She is survived by her son David and his wife Janice; her daughters Gail and Martha; her two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Michael; and her two great-grandchildren Alexander and Caleb.

A celebration of Seabury’s life will take place at the First Baptist Church of Yarmouth on Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ric Ochsner officiating. There will be no visiting hours prior to the service.

To view a collage of Seabury’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family, visit

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Baptist Church Deacons Fund, 346 Main St., Yarmouth, ME 04096. Contributions will be distributed anonymously to people in need.

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