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Marjorie Seeley Reeve
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Birth: Jul. 28, 1918
Castle Dale
Emery County
Utah, USA
Death: Jan. 12, 2012
Mount Holly
Burlington County
New Jersey, USA

As of Jan. 12, 2012, Marjorie and Dutch are together again, as Marge passed away due to a long battle with old age. She was in Virtua Memorial Hospital, Mt. Holly, N.J., when she returned to her Heavenly Father. She was 93 years old.

Marjorie was born July 28, 1918, in Castle Dale, Utah, to David Randolph and Elva Singleton Seely. She was the fourth child of five. She had two older brothers, Hugh and Lowry; a sister, Clara; and a younger brother, Preston. She married her college sweetheart, Eldrow "Dutch" Reeve from Hurricane, Utah, on Sept. 16, 1941, in the Manti LDS Temple, Manti, Utah.

Growing up as a Seely in Castle Dale was "great" as Marge
was the daughter of the "first family." Her grandparents were Orange and Hannah Seely, who had been called by Brigham Young to settle Emery County. She stated, "being the descendant of such noble and righteous people instills in me a desire to bring honor and respect to them and our family." As the Seely family was huge, she always admonished, "There is a Seely under every sagebrush, so be careful about what you say and who you talk about!"

Since her dad, David Seely, was a stockman, he lived with the cattle and sheep. Thus Marge's family spent the summers at the homestead on the Book Cliff Mountains tending the animals. By the age of 3 she was the tomboy/cowgirl doing her share of the ranching work. She definitely was also a girlie girl and a momma's girl. Winters were spent in Castle Dale so she and her brothers could go to school. She attended Castle Dale schools and graduated from Central High School in 1936 as valedictorian.

After high school graduation, Marjorie went to Utah State University where she graduated in 1940 with a bachelor's degree in home economics. As a student at USU she was a member of various clubs and was president of Kappa Delta Sorority. Her first year of teaching was in Green River, Utah. She completed her master's degree at West Chester State University, West Chester, Pa. She continued her teaching career at Brandywine Wallace Elementary School in the Downingtown, Pa., school district. She was recognized for her teaching excellence in 1970 and again in 1972 when she received the "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" award. Marge and Dutch felt a college education was critically important for young people; thus they endowed four scholarships, one each at Emery County High School, Hurricane High School, Utah State University and Southern Utah University.

Marjorie was a remarkable mother and teacher to her two children, Randy and Jean. The love of her life was being with family and friends. She was constantly planning family gatherings and thrived at family reunions. She was the family teacher often helping great-nieces and -nephews learn how to read, write and compute. Because of her amazing ability to connect with and make people feel important, special and loved, she was always the "go-to" person in good times and bad. I don't think she ever met a stranger. Marjorie also had a very quick wit and sense of humor. At family reunions you could always depend on her to help instigate a water fight or some other rabble-rousing event.

Marjorie and Dutch have two children, Harold Randolph (Randy) Reeve (Christine) of Medford, N.J., and Elva Jean Reeve Lopour (Joe) of Cedar City, Utah. The couple's four grandchildren include Sarah Caroline Pharris (Brian), Kimberly Ane Petersen (Cody), David Randolph Reeve and Andrew Palmer Reeve. There are five great-grandchildren, Payton, Halle, Aaron, Nathan and Christian. She is also survived by a very beloved sister-in-law, Gwen Seely of Moab, Utah, along with numerous nieces, nephews and great-nephews and -nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldrow Dutch Reeve; her parents, David Randolph and Elva Singleton Seely; her brothers, Hugh, Lowry and Preston; and her sister, Clara Seely.

Marjorie will be buried Jan. 19 in Cedar City, Utah, in a private family ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Jean Reeve Endowed Scholarship Fund and mailed to: Southern Utah University, 351 W. University Blvd., Cedar City, UT 84720, Attn.: Lori Blackner. Include on the check or write a short note, "in memory of Marjorie S. Reeve."

Arrangements are being handled by Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to

Published in Logan Herald Journal on January 19, 2012
Family links: 
  David Randolph Seely (1884 - 1968)
  Elva Singleton Seely (1884 - 1973)
  Eldrow W Reeve (1917 - 2003)*
  Clara Seely (1910 - 1911)*
  Marjorie Seeley Reeve (1918 - 2012)
*Calculated relationship
Cedar City Cemetery
Cedar City
Iron County
Utah, USA
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Record added: Jan 19, 2012
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