On Thursday, July 17, God called home Connie Louise Seals, after a seven year battle with cancer. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother and grandmother.
A light has gone out,without so much as a flicker, and all we have left are the precious memories of how brightly it burned and the warmth it gave us.
Connie leaves behind three children: Jennifer L. Sump (Robert Sump) of Milton Fl.; Joseph J. Seals (Kelley Seals) of Santa Rosa Beach, Fl.; and Frances Scott of Madison. Five grandchildren: Taylor Seals, Weslie Scott, Summer Seals, Robbie Sump and Andrew Sump. Three siblings: Barbara Lawson, Jimmy Nichols and Joe Nichols. Connie also leaves behind a loving niece, Danielle N. Ray (Chris Ray); a dearly loved companion, Dennis Ballek; and a best friend of over 30 years, Sharon Shadrick.
She is preceded by her parents: James and Edna Seals; two sisters: Carmelita and Judith Seals; a brother, Danny Nichols and brother-in-law, Raymond Lawson.
Connie was born in San Diego, Calif., on March 28, 1957. She grew up in the Keys, Naples and Madison, Florida. She moved to Milton in 1990, where she has resided since.
Connie worked in the medical field for over 30 years. She was the first female E.M.T. for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, a Registered Nurse, the House Supervisor, the Medical Director for Santa Rosa Medical Center and later the Medical Director. Connie worked in many medical facilities, including nursing homes, Sacred Heart Hospital, Moonlighting Nurses on Call and Santa Rosa Medical Center. Nursing was her passion and it was her mission in life to take care of the sick.
Connie loved life, she was always the life of the party. Connie loved to ride her Harley Davidson every chance she got. Connie was a member of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.). She was the president of the Northwest Florida Chapter of the Ladies of Harley as well as a member of the Ladies of the Confederacy.
She loved the water, whether it was fishing, swimming or just collecting sea shells. Connie was happy just being near the water. Connie even dabbled a little in the making of novelties with sea shells.
She was our mother and the center of our world. We will miss her more than words could ever express. We know that she was in pain and has suffered for many years. We will cherish the time that we had with her. We will always have the memories of our mother.
Connie always told us kids that when she passed, that we should not be sad, but happy for her.
John 14:27-29 says: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: Not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father; for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Services were held at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Madison. The viewing was from 12:45 p.m. until 1:45 p.m., and the service at 2 p.m., on Monday, July 21.