Mary Seine:A tiny woman with a giant heart April 22,1927-February13,2022
Avid cyclist, world traveler, and retired accountant Mary Seine’s love of life didn’t come to an end with her death. Mary passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 94, but all of the countless people who loved her will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.
Mary’s love for others was palpable. Seine would greet every person with a beautiful ,toothy grin and a “I need hug”, she would tell everyone. A word of encouragement or expression of her genuine excitement to see you often followed as well. Mary didn’t have acquaintances, only friends. It didn’t matter if you were the sheriff, the garbageman, or her neighbor, everyone got homemade zucchini bread. Mary understood just how important connection is, especially as people age. This is why she worked so diligently to sustain an active Bridge Group. She wanted to create an inclusive space where all could come and enjoy a positive experience together. It really wasn’t about the Bridge game, but the relationships that were fostered while there.
Adorned in a vest that said “One less car,” Mary could often be seen riding all over Anna Maria Island. It wasn’t unusual for her to ride 100 miles a week. When she wasn’t riding her bike, Seine was most likely on a cruise exploring a new place. This was one of her favorite things to do with her husband, Joe Seine (Papa Joe).The two were married for35 years where they enjoyed many epic adventures.
Mayor Dan Murphy of Anna Maria captured the essence of Mary perfectly when he spoke at her 90th birthday party, declaring April 22nd Mary Louise Seine Day. He said, “She is the island’s role model.” Seine had this wonderful way of bringing out the best in people and making every person feel seen and valued.
Mary L. Clay was born in Battle Creek, MI. She married her high school sweetheart Charles Auren Kiger. Years after his death she moved to Anna Maria, FL. She began working in Accounts Payable at Bealls where she worked loyally for 20 years. She volunteered as treasurer for the Woman’s Guild at Roser Church for 25 years.
Mary is survived by her children John W. Kiger, Grand Haven, MI and Alicia L. Fuller(Robert), Big Rapids, MI. She was “Grandma Mary” to several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.