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Mary Lise "Sunshine" Seibert was born to Edward Alexander White and Lauretta Fredette White on June 8, 1946 in Franklin, New Jersey. She spent much of her childhood in East Lansing, Michigan where her father taught veterinary medicine at Michigan State University. Later, her family moved to Terre Haute, where she graduated from high school and then attended Indiana State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and taught for a short time before becoming a full-time homemaker and mother of three. As her children got older, she began work as an assistant librarian at the Brown County Public Library where she remained for about ten years. She took care of the children's section and the book mobile, helping people in the community access books. More recently, she was a volunteer grandparent at Helmsburg Elementary School in Brown County.
Mary was an avid reader, gardener, seamstress, baker, birder and quilter among many other interests. She was knowledgeable on subjects such as diet and nutrition and wildlife. She was a lover of nature and animals. She was a supporter of organizations such as Audubon Society, Doctors Without Borders, Society for the Protection of Animals and the local humane shelter. She was creative, industrious, loving and a hard worker.
Surviving are her three children, Katrina Seibert Costeur and husband Nicolas and their two children Angelina and Lucas; Heather Seibert Jalof and Amandus and their three children Nyah, Jaden and Banyon; and James Seibert and wife Ashley and their son Jameson. Also surviving are her children's father, her former husband and long-time friend, James Seibert; sister, Genevieve White; brothers, Mark and Edward White; brother-in-law, Lester Mason; and niece, Emily Mason.
There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Helmsburg Community Church. In lieu of flowers her family asks, on her behalf, that you make a donation to the Brown County Humane Shelter or another organization she supported.
She finally succumbed to complications from the radiation treatment that had saved her from Hodgkin's/Lymphoma in her late teens more than 40 years ago on Sunday, December 30, 2012. She was a survivor and we were fortunate and blessed to have shared time with her. She will survive in our memories.
Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bondmitchellfuneralhome.com.
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