OBITUARY

Marie Hill Sellers

January 5, 1935November 6, 2018
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Marie Sellers entered into her Heavenly Fathers arms on November 6, 2018.

She was born to Robert and Mary Murff Hill on January 5, 1935 in Gonzales, TX.

She is survived by her daughter Janis Syrinek and husband Robert and son Bobby and wife Kannahi both of Flatonia, granddaughter Amanda Syrinek Castaneda and husband Alex of Flatonia, grandson Jeff Syrinek and wife Melissa of Bastrop and two great grandsons Abel Castaneda and Liam Syrinek. She is also survived by three brothers Robert Hill of Belton, William Hill of Gonzales, Thomas Hill of Leander and one sister Minnie Springs of McKinney.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Elder Hill and one sister Alta Nelson, and her beloved husband of 56 years, Billy Sellers.

Marie married Billy Sellers on June 25, 1955. She was a wonderful wife and homemaker for her family and never missed an opportunity to go fishing or to ball games and made every occasion special.

She and Billy started their company, Sellers Lease Service, Inc. in 1968. She was the office manager for 40 years. The company is still family owned and operated and celebrating 50 years in business this year.

With all the responsibilities of home and business, above all, she made time to serve her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through her church. She was the music director for 35 years at Flatonia Baptist Church. And very involved in the Women’s organization as well as VBS and Sunday School. She loved her church family and was always available to help out where needed. She also led the community choir for many years at the Community Thanksgiving Service and was a faithful volunteer for Sunday afternoon services at the nursing home.

Memorials may be made to Flatonia Baptist Church or to one’s choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Robert Hill, Father
  • Mary (Murff) Hill, Mother
  • Elder Hill, Brother
  • Robert Hill, Brother
  • William Hill, Brother
  • Thomas Hill, Brother
  • Alta Nelson, Sister
  • Minnie Spring, Sister
  • Billy Sellers, Husband
  • Bobby Sellers, Son
  • Kannahi Sellers, Daughter-in-law
  • Janis Syrinek, Daughter
  • Robert Syrinek, Son-in-law
  • Ms. Sellers also leaves behind two grandchildren Amanda Castaneda and husband Alex and Jeff Syrinek and wife Melissa and two great-grandchildren Abel Castaneda and Liam Syrinek to cherish her memory.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 10, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial
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ANTHONY DUBOSE

November 8, 2018

My condolences to the family in the loss of Marie Hill Sellers. I last saw her at her husbands funeral. My dad, Anthony DuBose and I had known him for many years. He was very kind to my dad and I. He took us to see the Colt 45s. play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the old Colt Stadium. I will never forget that. He came to my dad's funeral in 1993 in Waelder.

Billy married a beauty in Marie Hill. I am sure she is related to some of the Hills that I have known over the years. I am sorry that w e will not be able to attend the memorial service. As a minister I have two Baptist functions this Saturday. One is at 11 am a First Baptist Church in Victoria for a memorial service of Mary Jo Kinghorn, who we have known for 40 years. I was on staff there for 15 years. And what Baptist do best we will eat afterwards, and then we will travel to Van Vleck for a Harvest Feast at 6 pm at First Baptist Church. I have served as their Interim Pastor over 8 months. This Sunday November 11 will be my last service there.

To the family: We are praying for you in this sad time, but you and I know where she is now. She is with the Lord, Billy, and other family members.

Anthony DuBose, Jr.

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Biography

Marie Hill Sellers was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

Her parents were Robert and Mary Hill. Marie was raised in Gonzales County, Texas. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

Growing up in the Hill household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Marie was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Marie was raised with six siblings. She had four brothers Robert, Elder Ray, and William, and Thomas and two sisters Alta Nettie and Minnie Mae. Marie was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Marie and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Marie was always consistently loyal to her family.

As a young child, Marie was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Marie developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. She was active in church. In her spare time she liked reading and cooking. However, what Marie enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Marie as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Gonzales High School in 1953. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Future Homemakers of America. She was in the Drill Squad, Commercial Club, Library Club, Senior Play, FHA, Senior Choir, and GAA. Marie was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Marie always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

Always considered to be a solid friend, Marie was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Marie was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Marie to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of her best friends were Lillie Lamprecht and Wanda Hanks. Her best friend was Lillie Lamprecht.

On June 25, 1955 Marie exchanged wedding vows with Billy Sellers at the Eastside Baptist Church of Gonzales, Texas. Compassionate and devoted to Billy, Marie held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Billy and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

Marie brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Marie was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Marie was blessed with two children, one son Bobby Joe and one daughter Janis. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Amanda and Jeffrey.

Marie greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Marie enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Marie was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was an Office Manager. She was owner and employed of Sellers Lease Service. Marie worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Marie liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Marie always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were singing, sewing, and cooking. Marie was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Marie found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, she could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. She applauded those who won, and she enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find herself wrapped up in those details. She would watch her favorite sporting events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were baseball.

Many organizations were grateful to have Marie as a member, since she always brought with her a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Marie was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that she was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. She always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. In high school, Marie was a member of the Drill Squad, Commercial Club, Library Club, Senior Play, FHA, Senior Choir, and GAA. Throughout her later years, Marie was an active member of the Flatonia Baptist Church Choir, Sunday school, and Women on Mission.

As a woman who always showed great commitment to the things she believed in, it’s little wonder that Marie was so active in her community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Marie preferred to base her decisions on first-hand experiences. Marie was never afraid to roll up her sleeves and dig right in. Marie was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the PTA and Band Booster Club during the children's school years.

Marie was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of Flatonia Baptist Church for 60 years. During that time, she was in choir (a music director for 35 years), Women on Mission, and Sunday school. She was a sympathetic woman who valued her beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

Marie enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Marie appeared effortless. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where she traveled, Marie always had a backup plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included her and Billy were in a travel club visiting many places in the USA including Hawaii and Alaska. They also traveled with family and friends around the world including Europe, Mexico, and Canada. They also enjoyed several cruises.

When Marie’s retirement finally arrived in 2008, she was well prepared. She always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things she knew, so she was very confident in planning her retirement. She had begun the process early and had her retirement all laid out well in advance. In retirement, she found new pleasure in enjoying her children and grandchildren. Even in retirement, Marie continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in her new community and felt fulfilled.

Marie Hill Sellers passed away on November 6, 2018 at Oak Manor Nursing Home in Flatonia, Texas. Marie fought a brave battle against stage 4 breast cancer that was discovered in 2016. She is survived by her children Janis and husband Robert, and Bobby and wife Kannahi, granddaughter Amanda and husband Alex, grandson Jeff and wife Melissa, and two great-grandsons Abel and Liam. Services were held at the Flatonia Baptist Church. Marie was laid to rest in Elm Grove Cemetery in Flatonia, Texas.

Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Marie Hill Sellers. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.