|Georgine Kundert Flanders was born on July 28. 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Wardwell Clement Flanders and Georgine Kundert Flanders. She died in Monroe, Louisiana, on November 29, 1995. She was ninety-four years old.
Gene was reared in Bogalusa, Louisiana. At an early age she exhibited the enjoyment that she found in involvement with others in a variety of church and school activities and Camp Fire Girls.
Following the example of her mother and aunts who were college educated, after high school graduation, Gene enrolled at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. Subsequent to graduation she returned to Bogalusa to teach. While pursuing courses in teacher certification at Tulane University in New Orleans she attended Second Methodist Church. There she met Rev. Sidney Alexander Seegers, her future husband. They were married in June 1925 at Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial Methodist Church in Bogalusa.
Born and reared in the Methodist tradition, for Gene her marriage marked the beginning of a lifetime of a more intense, dedicated service to the church. Moves were frequent during that time in the Methodist Church, they provided the opportunity to serve the Lord and his children who had diverse needs in various geographical locations of the state. Rev. Seegers’ appointments included: Slidell, Amite, Sulphur, Rayne, Lake Providence, DeRidder, Park Avenue in Shreveport. Columbia, Logansport. Mooringsport, and Gueydon. In 1957, they retired to Columbia where they continued their ministry in a supportive role.
They had four children: Winnifred, Sidney Alexander, Kathryn, and Dorothy. In addition to her children, Gene was survived by a sister, Kathryn Flanders Wallace, six grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband who died in 1971, a brother, Clement Carroll Flanders, and two grandchildren.
Gene devoted her life to others, her family, her church, and the community. She supported and was actively involved in all aspects of her husband’s ministry. She was an active participant of the WSCS/UMW and taught study courses and held offices at both the local church and district levels. On several occasions, she was awarded life memberships in recognition of her contributions. The parsonage was always open. She enjoyed entertaining both small and large church groups as well as “visiting preachers.” Her organizational skills provided leadership and guidance.
Gene was an avid scholar and continued her education for much of her life. She amazed her grandchildren by her ability to read and write in four languages. Her academic skills were utilized on numerous occasions when she was asked to substitute teach or to complete unexpired terms for teachers.
Gene instilled her love of learning in her children. At one time, all four children were in college. All earned college degrees which included a Medical Degree, a Doctor of Education, an Educational Specialist, and a Bachelor of Science.
In addition to her scholarly pursuits. Gene’s hands were never idle. She always had at least one project underway. She was a skilled seamstress and did other hand work such as embroidering, knitting, crocheting, and tatting.
In late 1982, Gene was no longer able to maintain independent living. She moved to Monroe to be near her son and his family. As she grew older, one of her greatest frustrations was that she was no longer able to do for others. She will be missed.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 284, By Kathryn Seegers Hutchinson|