Sue Ellen Seaman

Sue Ellen Seaman (née Orellana) passed away on December 22, 2023 in Houston, TX surrounded by family. Sue Ellen was born on February 25, 1947 in Mexico City to the late Carlos Orellana and Ruth Simonson. As a child she moved to Long Island, New York, graduating from Cold Springs High School in 1964. She married Charles Seaman in 1969 and earned her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Houston in 1980. Her Post-Baccalaureate education included the University of Houston and Rice University, where she prepared for a career in education.

Sue Ellen started as an educator in 1986, teaching elementary and bilingual students in Houston. Over a 24 year career, she was recognized numerous times for Teacher of Year, Special Education Teacher of the Year, as well as being nominated for national teaching awards multiple times by former students. This is a testament to Sue Ellen’s positive impact on those that knew her.

Sue Ellen is survived by her brother Carlos Orellana, and her three sons, CPO Christopher Seaman, USN (RET), George Seaman, and Commander William Seaman, USN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles K. Seaman III. Sue Ellen was a long time contributor to the Texas Special Olympics, and the family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in her memory ( A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 30th at 10am at the Crowder Funeral Home in Webster, TX.


  1. I will miss you dearly my friend. Your laughter and kindness and loving nature are parts of you I will carry with me the rest of my life. I am blessed to have known and loved you. Fly free my spirited friend as you gain your much deserved wings.

    Marilynn (Pam) Schaffer
  2. We are sorry to hear about Sue Ellen’s passing. She worked with Linda at American Title Company in the 1970s. We became friends with Sue Ellen and Charley. I recall being at their house when the boys were still in diapers and Charley working on his 3rd degree. We even had the opportunity to visit her Mother while we were in Mexico City.
    Wishing peace to the family,

    John & Linda Dunn
    Katy, Tx

    John Dunn
  3. Sue Ellen the pearly gates were wide open for you as you had a powerful love and shared it with all. Enjoy your heavenly home now and forever.

    Patrick McCall
  4. Sue Ellen, or known to me as my Aunt Susie, is the sole sister of my Father Carlos, making her my only paternal Aunt. I had the pleasure of spending time with Aunt Susie when I would visit Houston every summer growing up. As an adult we shared long phone calls and very long lunches, filled with much laughter. What I will miss the most is Aunt Susie’s stories. With a few prodding questions I could coerce some wonderful stories out of her from her childhood and adolescent years, and some very comical ones starting in her 20’s and on (what I wouldn’t do to have those on recording). Aunt Susie was a special Aunt to me and always made me feel special and thought about. She had a pragmatism that I admired and a no bs way of approaching life, in the best way possible. Aunt Susie always helped anyone who needed help, and always put the needs of others before her own. I strive to take some of her wisdom, her selflessness, and her uniquely amazing sense of humor with me throughout the rest of my life. You will be dearly missed Aunt Sue, I hope you will be an angel on my shoulder guiding me and reminding me of life’s most important things. With love always, affectionately, your niece, Ixchel. <3

    Ixchel Orellana
  5. May you rest in Peace! Susi. We already miss you my friend. We had some great conversations that covered a large territory. You were always positive, clever and yes sometimes spicy, which we enjoyed. I know you believed in the angels, who are taking good care of you now along with our Heavenly Father. RIP Susi. Much Love, Marty & Tippy Mason

    Marty Mason

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