Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ellen Joyce Seay-Tudor Obituary

My first cousin (maternal side) passed away earlier this month. Here is her obituary.

Ellen Joyce Tudor - Altus Times Oklahoma - April 5, 2011

Ellen Joyce Tudor, 70, of Altus, passed away on April 2, 2011, in her home in Altus. Celebration of Life Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday at the Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Davis officiating.

Inurnment of cremated remains will follow at a later date at the Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin.

Services are under the direction of the Kincannon Funeral Home.

Ellen Joyce Seay was born on Nov. 6, 1940, in San Antonio, Texas, to William Boyd and Ellanora Laura (Schmidt) Seay.

When Ellen was three, she and her family moved from Texas to Oklahoma, and throughout her childhood lived in Friendship, Cache, Altus, Oklahoma City, Ardmore, Hartshorne, Blair, and Elk City. Ellen graduated from high school in Elk City.

She met Robert M. "Bob" Tudor, while he was in the military, and the two were married in Elk City on Feb. 14, 1959. They moved all over the United States, including Topeka, Kansas, Chicopee Falls, Mass., and Las Vegas. Ellen and Bob finally made their home in Altus in 1975. Ellen graduated from real estate college in 1985. She began work at Gregg, Buck and Roberson Agency, later working at the Dempsey Agency. She has since been self employed as a real estate broker with Tudor Real Estate. She was past president of the Altus Board of Realtors, past president of the Jackson County Democratic Women and was currently the treasurer.

Ellen was an active member of the Grace United Methodist Church and was involved with the Grace United Methodist Women.

Mrs. Tudor graciously volunteered her time at the Threshold Services and the Great Plains Literary Council and was a member of the Jackson County Democratic Women. She loved gardening and traveling, but above all, she liked spending time with her beloved family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Bill Seay.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Bob of the home; three sons, Robert Matthew Tudor of Oklahoma City, Phillip Jared Tudor and his wife Susan of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jon Anthony Tudor and his wife Jody of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, Anna Tudor, Jenna Tudor, Kiley Tudor, and Nick Long; a sister, Myrtle Mae Eubank of Altus; a brother, Franklin Delano Seay, of Grandview, Texas; a step-sister, Judy Griffith of Arizona; and two stepbrothers, Louis Boyd and Bill Boyd, both of Norman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 620 S. Park Lane, Altus, OK 73521. Online tributes may be made at

April 5, 2011 - Page 2 Altus Times, Altus Oklahoma