May 28, 1941 – March 28, 2021
On Sunday, March 28th, 2021, in Mobile, AL, Penelope Bluhm Seale, loving wife and mother of four children, passed away at the age of 79.
Penelope (our Penny) was born in Islip, NY on May 28th, 1941, to Fred and Emma Bluhm, and had a younger sister, Deirdre. She graduated from Bayport-Blue Point (NY) High School in 1959 and went on to receive a BA in Art History from Drew University in Madison, NJ, becoming the first person in her family to earn a college degree. She often told stories of her idyllic childhood growing up in the 40s and 50s, referring to it as the “real life ‘Happy Days.’” She worked for the Social Security Administration for 30 years, after which she retired. In 1965, she met and married her husband Bob in Washington, DC. Together they raised four children, three girls and a boy, and spent their lives in the town of Livingston, AL. A staunch advocate of lifetime learning, all of her children went on to receive their college educations.
Penny was a voracious reader, and could always be found with a new book. She loved learning and experiencing new things and was very fond of traveling to new places. But her favorite place in the world was probably the Livingston, AL Public Library, where she was a well-known patron. Penny had a boisterous and infectious laugh, and would never hesitate to volunteer to help, particularly for her church home at the First Presbyterian Church in Livingston. One of her favorite tasks was to decorate the church tree, which she and her family did for many years. Some of the favorite times in her life were spent on vacation in Gulf Shores, AL with her family, where she would spend hours on the beach reading, occasionally taking a break to swim in the Gulf with her children. She was a wonderful cook and hosted Thanksgiving at her home for her extended family for many, many years. Her collard green casserole won awards in Sumter County, AL so many times, the recipe had to be retired.
In 2020, she made a final move to Mobile, AL, where she could be closer to her children and grandchildren. Her final years were spent enjoying the company of family and close friends. Penny was preceded in death by her husband Bob, and her parents Fred and Emma. She is survived by her sister Deedie, her children Alicia, Rob (Teri), Emily (Amelia) and Mettie (Caily), her grandchildren Jack (Hannah), Ben, Hart, Will, McKenzie, Libby and Penelope, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no formal service. A memorial facebook page has been set up, and a celebration of life will be held with immediate family and friends later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that well-wishers donate to the Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library in Livingston (donation of money or books), or to the American Cancer Society. Any cards or condolences can be sent to 2909 South Sherwood Drive, Mobile, AL 36606.
- Robert Seale (Teri), Son and Spouse
- Alicia Seale, Daughter
- Emily Seale and Amelia, Daughter and Spouse
- Mettie Seale and Caily, Daughter and Spouse
- Jack Seale (Hannah), Grandson and wife
- Ben, Hart, Will, McKenzie, Libby and Penelope, Grandchildren
- Deedie, Sister
- Bob Seale, Husband (deceased)
- Fred and Emma Bluhm, Parents (deceased)
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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April 3, 2021
Penny was a ray of sun shine at Drew University. All who knew her enjoyed her company. So sorry we have lost her.
Rob and Judy
March 31, 2021
Condolences on your loss. Penny and I were related through Emma Neumann Pieper Bluhm. I am her great grandson through Marie. Penny was her granddaughter.
I never met Penny, but we talked on the phone two or three times, and I found her delightful. I am sorry we never met. Best wishes to all her children and grandchildren.
Linda P Jackson
March 30, 2021
We loved watching our high school athletes play every sport!
I miss those days and I will miss Penny.
Linda P Jackson
March 30, 2021
We were mothers of high school athletes and loved watching our girls play. Appropriately, our picture (the only one I have) was made in a gym in Livingston, probably after a game they played!). It is still on the front of my refrigerator after 25 years so I think of her every day.
March 30, 2021
She was one of the most honest and amazing people I have ever been around. When any one of her children or their friends fired off some snarky sarcastic remark, she never missed a beat and fired right back at them and usually better. I was always welcome at her house and I loved being there. She was an extraordinary woman with a beautiful soul! She will be forever missed by everyone she touched!!