Dorothy “Dottie” Louise Burris Seal

Published 11:18 am Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dorothy “Dottie” Louise Burris Seal, 89, of Biloxi, Miss., passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012. She was born Jan. 19, 1923 in Bogalusa to Robert and Ophelia Burris.

She married Warren Wilson Seal, and they had three children, Judith Jones of Gulfport, Miss., Rebecca Stanley of Ocean Springs, Miss. and Robert Seal of Baton Rouge.

She was a lifelong member of ESM United Methodist Church of Bogalusa and a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She worked at The Bogalusa Daily News for more than 40 years. She wrote society and moved to adverting, becoming the director for many years. As a seamstress for her two young daughters, she soon became an accomplished quilter, providing her children and grandchildren with wonderful handmade quilts for cherished memories. She enjoyed needlepointing pillows, pictures, Christmas stockings and ornaments. Her home was furnished with another interest, beautiful antiques. She always had a loving pet around her. Several generations spent time with her, as she was the “summer camp grandma.” All in the family remember her famous “green stuff,” a lime gelatin salad. Other hobbies of hers were decoupage and container gardening.

She moved in 2003 to the Mississippi Coast to be closer to her family. Her love of plants carried forward at both Seashore Manor and The Loyalton of Biloxi. She maintained a flowerbed and large flowerpots for all to enjoy. She was an avid reader, a trait she passed on to her children.

Following Hurricane Katrina, she volunteered at the Bethel Lutheran Church Ministries, answering phones and finding satisfaction in helping others. She was proud of her children and their families and looked forward to their visits. She made friends easily and always tried to help those around her. She was loved by her friends and family, as well as those who cared for her in the facilities where she lived.

Survivors include her three children; five grandchildren, Sarah Reaves of Gulfport, Elizabeth Beavers of Houston, Texas, Aimee Risser of Mobile, Ala. and Warren and Andrew Seal of Baton Rouge; a niece, Carol Mongar of Denver, Colo. and a nephew, David Mongar of Clovis, N.M.; eight great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday, Aug. 3 at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home in Bogalusa, followed by interment at Ellis Cemetery in Franklinton.