JANE FRANCES SEILFebruary 23, 1958 ~ January 6, 2018 (age 59)
Jane Frances Henry Seil passed away on Saturday, January 6th, at the age of 59 due to complications related to surgery. Her husband and family were at her side. She was at peace.
Jane is preceded in death by her father, Robert Lewis Henry; her mother, Norma Jean Henry; and her brother, Patrick. She is survived by her husband, Michael; her daughters, Molly and Anne; her son and son in law, William and Daniel; her sisters Marianne, Kathleen, Gayle, and Sheri; her brothers Thomas, Christopher, David, Michael, and Greg; her nieces Cesley, Leah, Heather, and Marina; her nephews Bob, Shaun, Dane, and David; her grandsons Henry and Eamon.
Jane was born in Portland, Oregon and moved with her family to Boise at age seven. She attended schools within the Boise Diocese and graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in 1978. Beginning in her youth, Jane developed a love for horses and horseback riding. She competed in jumping competitions throughout the state and rode with the EhCapa Bareback Riders. She loved drama, swimming, and reading.
One of Jane’s lifelong goals was to obtain a college degree. Although she never directly reached her goal, she inspired all three of her children to attend college, and two of her children obtained advanced degrees. Her intellectualism and wisdom was an inspiration to her family. She was virtually undefeated at Trivial Pursuit (much to her family’s chagrin). This intelligence was humble but very apparent as she could navigate complex and intellectually challenging issues with ease.
This intelligence of hers was often used to understand the world, its problems, and especially its inequalities; she used it to fuel her compassion and understanding of the diversity of human life. Jane was accepting of all people and lifestyles. She would embrace anyone and everyone, from all walks of life. She was kind and giving and selfless; if in need, Jane would do absolutely anything she could to help.
Jane dedicated herself and her life to her family. She opened her house to anyone and everyone to gather, for all holidays, for all events. Jane wanted nothing more than to bring the family together. She especially adored Christmas and the opportunity to see and visit with her brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews. During the Christmas season, her house was a shrine to the holiday — hundreds of ornaments, decorations, figurines, and lights were carefully displayed to create a Christmas atmosphere. Everyone who visited felt the true glow of Christmas from Jane’s Christmas cheer.
Jane lived a life for others. She served as the primary caretaker for both of her parents, remained committed to keeping the family connected after their loss, and loved each family member (and their significant others) fiercely. Some of her favorite moments with family were the many trips taken over the years. The Oregon Coast held a special place in her heart. She often yearned to be there — to walk along the beach, collect agates, hear the waves, and breathe in the fresh sea air. Her ashes will be scattered at the end of Three Rocks Road where the Salmon River meets the sea, a place that she loved.
For over 35 years, Jane was faithfully devoted to her husband, Michael. It was apparent to everyone that met her; Jane was very much in love with her husband. Michael was devoted, kind, patient, and caring to Jane, up to the very end. It is rare to see a husband and wife to sustain such deep love for so long, but Jane and Michael accomplished this with ease.
Jane also leaves behind her two newspapers, Just Horses and Idaho Senior News. She poured every ounce of herself into these papers and produced a beautiful product. Jane oversaw every aspect of production from sales to design. It was a result of her vision, work ethic, and skill. She was justifiably proud of her work, as was her entire family.
Although Jane leaves us physically, and the loss is significant, she will live on in our memories. We will keep her alive within us, a shared flame fueled by love. We now take Jane with us; wherever we go and whatever we do, she lives within us. Those that carry on her memory are her guardians and her caretakers. These memories of her life offer lessons to us when we need advice — they are examples of how to be compassionate, how to offer love, how to be wise, how to follow our dreams, and how to walk in this world with grace and passion. She shaped us when she was living, and now she guides us when she has passed.