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Bennett Funeral Home

209 North Main Street, Concord, NH

OBITUARY

Mary Lee Siel

August 19, 1926June 25, 2020
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Mary Lee Siel died peacefully at her home in Bow after a period of declining health on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

She was born in Walnut Springs, Texas on August 19, 1926 to Lonnie and Eula Sally (Chafin) Daniels. She was educated in Walnut Springs and in Philadelphia where she graduated as salutatorian from South Philadelphia Girls High in 1943. She studied journalism at the University of Pennsylvania and studied voice with Stanley Muschamp. On her return to Texas, she worked as a legal secretary, part-time model with Neiman-Marcus, and performing operatic and classical music as a mezzo-soprano with the Downing-Walsh Singers. She was working in federal civil service in a Combat Intelligence Unit at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls when she met and married her boss,Vaughn Siel, a career airman, in 1949. She traveled with him to his various assignments until his retirement from the Air Force in 1963 from Hanscom Field, in Bedford, Massachusetts. They had grown to love New Hampshire and settled with their children in Pittsfield. There she was active in Republican politics, served on the Town budget committee and helped activate the PTA.

Mary Lee worked as legal secretary in Manchester and served twenty years as civil legal clerk and accounting clerk in Merrimack County Superior Court, retiring in 1992. Mary Lee and Vaughn moved to Bow in 1983 and worshipped at Trinity Baptist Church. They enjoyed playing scrabble and duplicate bridge until Vaughn’s death in December 2008. Mary Lee was a lovely, genteel lady, an excellent cook whose home radiated southern hospitality. She delighted in her grandchildren, their activities and accomplishments, and the loving care and support of her children. She was an avid reader and enjoyed especially participating in the Bible studies offered the seniors at Trinity.

She was predeceased by her parents, her beloved Vaughn, her son, Barney Von, her granddaughter, Brooke Blanchard, and her sister, JoNelle Daniels.

She is survived by her son, Lon Siel and his wife, Patti, of Hopkinton; two daughters, Georgia Lee Millot and her husband, Marc Dean, and Sally Lee Blanchard and her husband, Steve, both of Concord; three granddaughters, Allison Lee Ginwala, Lauren Lee Lossani, and Emily Elisabeth Siel; and two grandsons, John Blanchard and Cindy of Bedford, and Andrew Blanchard and Vanessa of Manchester, and 2 great grandchildren, Alec McLaughlin and Ainsley Brooke Blanchard of Bedford.

Thank you to everyone who has cared for Mary Lee including Sharri, Erin, Laurette, Angie, Jet, Heather, and the CRVNA hospice team Tanya, Amy, Katie, and Karen. She was so grateful and loved you all very much. Mary Lee was cherished by her family, friends, and anyone blessed to know her. Calling hours will be at Trinity Baptist Church, 80 Clinton Street, Concord at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 28th with the funeral following at 3:00.

Mary Lee has requested that, in lieu of flowers, any memorial gifts be made to the TCS Scholarship Fund. Trinity Christian School, 80 Clinton Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.BennettFuneral.com for the Siel family.

Services

  • Public Calling Hours

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Burial

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

Memories

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Steven and jeanne Semken

June 27, 2020

Mary Lee was a kind and loving woman who brought so much joy into our extended family. We will miss her, but there is solace in knowing that Mary Lee lived a long, rich, and very consequential life. May she rest in well-deserved peace. We send our love and condolences to all of our relatives in the Siel family.

Greg & Judy Swain

June 27, 2020

You were a dear lady & now you have your reward! Our prayers are with your family.

Laurette Nepa

June 26, 2020

I ♡ You MaryLee

FROM THE FAMILY
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Lunch at Veano's with Vesta, Jim and the Blanchard crew

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Lauren's graduation from UNH with Grandma and Mom

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Great Grandma and Ainsley

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Four ladies enjoying football game and snacks!

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Mary Lee and Melba (106 years young!!)

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Celebrating Christmas at Jodi and Kevin's

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Lunch at Veano's with Vesta, Jim and the Blanchard crew

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Lauren's graduation from UNH with Grandma and Mom

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Great Grandma and Ainsley

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Four ladies enjoying football game and snacks!

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Mary Lee and Melba (106 years young!!)

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Celebrating Christmas at Jodi and Kevin's

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Lauren's 8th grade graduation with Grandma and PopPop

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Mom's 80th birthday party

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Friends celebrating Mom's 80th