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 (sotx.org). A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 30th at 10am at the Crowder Funeral Home in Webster, TX.