Joann Ruth (Walters) Seymour, 86, of Haverhill, passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 21, at Holy Family Hospital, Haverhill, after being stricken ill at home.
Born in Portsmouth, N.H., she was the daughter of the late James and Ruth (Callahan) Walters. Raised and educated in Haverhill, she was a graduate of Haverhill High School, class of 1948, and obtained her professional degree from McIntosh Business School, Lawrence. Seymour was selected and named “Miss Haverhill” in 1948 and married her husband Joe in 1957. In addition to raising her family as a full time homemaker, she worked for Mal’s Department Store in Haverhill and was later employed with the IRS in Andover before ultimately retiring. She served as a long time crossing guard for Walnut Square School and was a supporter of Haverhill Youth Hockey and the Haverhill High School Booster Club. Seymour was an active member of All Saints Parish and dedicated volunteer at St. Joseph’s School in Haverhill. She and her husband Joe enjoyed extensive travel throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, she took pleasure in playing Bingo and enjoyed frequent trips to Foxwoods.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Joseph A. Seymour of Haverhill; son, Joseph A. Seymour and wife Paula; and twin granddaughters, Courtney and Emily, all of North Andover; sister Marilyn Biel and husband Robert of Calabasas, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.
Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours Wednesday, April 26, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill. Funeral services begin Thursday, April 27, 9 a.m., from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10, at All Saints Church, 120 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill, and burial to follow in St. James Cemetery, Haverhill. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Joann Seymour to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital-501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.