Patricia A. Seipel, 71, of Los Lunas, N.M. died Wednesday, May 27, 2009 in Rio Rancho, N.M. after a long series of health problems.
She was born in Indianapolis on March 10 1938 to John and Fay Gillespie. She grew up in Indianapolis and raised her family in Plainfield.
After raising her family, she completed her college education, earning bachelor's degrees in sociology and criminal justice. She worked for several years as an epidemiologist. She later moved to Champaign, Ill. and worked for many years with Baptist Family Services. After retiring, she moved to Los Lunas in 2006.
Ms. Seipel was a great friend of animals and during her lifetime, she raised numerous breeds of dogs, chickens, ducks, geese, llamas, turtles and tortoises. She was a faithful supporter of ASPCA and numerous other organizations devoted to animal welfare. She also collected stamps and coins and enjoyed painting.
She is survived by her daughter Shelley; granddaughters Dawn and Mandy; great-grandchildren Cheyenne, Autumn and Keanu; her friend and companion of 25 years Joanne Magalis; and her canine friends Chloe and TyTy the bulldog.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Stacy.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services of Rio Rancho. Online condolences may be shared at www.danielsfuneral.com