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Shirley Ann Wescott Seney

September 10, 2015
Lake Placid News

Shirley Ann Wescott Seney, 83, former mayor of the village of Lake Placid and supervisor of the town of North Elba, passed away at her home with her loving family by her side on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.

Shirley was born Feb. 11, 1932, the daughter of Alta Taylor Wescott and Guy Wescott Sr. at their home on Cascade Road.

Shirley often told the story that the doctor was late due to opening day ceremonies for the Winter Olympics. In her junior year, the Wescott family moved to Spruce Lodge on Sentinel Road, and she and her siblings helped her parents run the rooming house, making beds and cleaning rooms. Shirley said her work ethic came from her parents, and she freely gave her time wherever she could because of her endearing love for her community.

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Shirley graduated from Lake Placid High School in 1950 and began working at the Bank of Lake Placid. Shirley married Norris Earl "Bucky" Seney on May 21, 1955, and they settled into their home on Station Street, raising three children. Shirley took a part-time secretary job for Dr. Bergamini in 1959, a job which became full time, and she worked for him until 1993. Shirley also enjoyed several different home party businesses from selling pocketbooks, jewelry and fingernails, in which she not only excelled but regularly enjoyed entertaining her clients and friends with jokes and skits.

She was considered a pioneer in local politics and was the only woman of the original signers of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee contract with the International Olympic Committee. She successfully served as the first and only female mayor of the village of Lake Placid and supervisor of the town of North Elba.

Shirley's main love was spending time with her family and friends. She could be found in the summertime in her garden or picking berries to make pies and jams. The family would travel in the winter into Canada and northern New York, following her son Edward in the Pee Wee hockey program. Shirley loved having her family home and would sit around the piano singing songs and telling jokes and stories that only Shirley could tell. Shirley could be found on stage singing and dancing for the Placid Memorial Hospital's annual fundraisers in the 1960s and 1970s. Her love of her hometown and willingness to always lend a hand kept her active in many civic organizations. Shirley began her community service with the Lake Placid Pee Wee Youth Hockey program from 1973 until 1983, serving as secretary. From there she continued to serve her community in the following ways: 1974-1984, Lake Placid school board, serving as president in 1974 and 1978; 1974-1984, Essex County School Board Association; 1975-1984, secretary-treasurer, Northern New York American Hockey Association; 1976-1984, Board of Directors, Rural School Boards Association; 1976 -1980, Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee member, only woman of the original signers with the International Olympic Committee; 1984-1990, Lake Placid village board member; 1987, director of the New York State Association of Women's Officials; 1993-1995, mayor of Lake Placid; 1993-2003, chairperson, Community Advisory Board of State and Federal Prisons of Ray Brook; 1991, nationally recognized as one of New York State's Business & Professional Women's Outstanding Woman of the Year; 1993, Adirondack Chapter Business & Professional Woman of the Year; 1996-2007, supervisor of town of North Elba; 1996-2007, Essex County Board of Supervisors; 1998, chair, Essex County Human Services Committee; 2009, elected to Lake Placid Hall of Fame; and 2014, Woman of Distinction honoring women in New York, nominated by Sen. Betty Little.

Shirley also served as treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the Tri-Lakes Federal Credit Union. She was an active member of the Lake Placid Kiwanis Club, serving as president from 2007 to 2008. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Literacy Volunteers of Essex County, Elks Club No. 1508, treasurer of the Lake Placid Seniors, former choir member of the Adirondack Community Church and current choir member of the First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake.

Shirley loved to bowl and taught her children and grandchildren to "throw the ball and thumb touches your nose for a perfect strike." She played in league play beginning in her late 20s and just bowled her last game in March 2015.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 60 years, Norris Earl "Bucky" Seney; daughters Elaine Raymond (Robert) of Queensbury and Nancy Cross of Metairie, Louisiana; son Edward (Sandra) of Bow, New Hampshire; six grandchildren: Maj. Derek Raymond (Lilya) of Clarksville, Tennessee, Courtney Raymond (Bethany) of Harwinton, Connecticut, Travis Cross (fiancee Morgan Lanoux), Sean Cross (fiancee Melissa LeBlanc), all of Metairie, Louisiana, Garett Seney and Morgan Seney of Boston, Massachusetts; four great-grandchildren: Parker and Nicholas Raymond of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Silas and Finley Raymond of Harwinton, Connecticut; her sisters: Dorice Torrance and Mary Fran Merrill of Lake Placid, Alta Klimmer of Spencer, Tennessee; brother Alton Wescott (Sheila) of Lake Placid; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Alta and Guy Wescott, brothers Guy and Robert, and sister Joyce Hill.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at M.B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home with an American Legion Woman's Auxiliary prayer service at 8:45 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14 at the First United Methodist Church, Church Street, Saranac Lake. Burial will follow in the North Elba Cemetery in Lake Placid.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake Placid Beautification,

177 John Brown Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946, or the Lake Placid Pee Wee Athletic Association, P.O. Box 129, Lake Placid, NY 12946.

Relatives and friends wishing to share a memory, send flowers, upload a photo or leave online condolences are invited to visit www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.

 
 

 

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