Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Jeanette Bond Seybolt, 105, model of grace, dignity


Gardened, managed household

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HYDE PARK - Jeanette Bond Seybolt spent a good part of her 105 years living in Glendale raising children, gardening and managing the household.

She died Dec. 10 at the Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community in Hyde Park.

"In the later years of her long life, she was a model for everyone who knew her, maintaining her characteristic grace, dignity and good humor," said her daughter, Gail Bond Seybolt Bain of Walnut Hills and Vero Beach, Fla.

Born Agnes Jeanette Bond in Caldwell, N.J., in 1898, Mrs. Seybolt graduated from Montclair State Teachers College. She worked in the administrative offices of the Montclair school system until she married Crosby Jordan Seybolt in 1925.

In 1931 her husband, who worked for Standard Brands - which had been the old Fleishmann's Yeast Co. - was transferred to Cincinnati. That's when the family moved to Glendale.

They lived for short stints in New York and Chicago, before returning to Glendale in 1945.

Mrs. Seybolt was active in the garden club in Glendale and at Christ Church in Glendale.

She and her husband lived for a while in Peterborough, N.H., after his retirement in the 1960s, but Mrs. Seybolt returned to her beloved city - Cincinnati.

Mr. Seybolt died in 1967.

Other survivors include a son, Peter Jordan Seybolt of Underhill, Vt.; another daughter, Janice Bond Seybolt Theron of Hendersonville, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services have been held. Burial will be in Oneonta, N.Y.

Memorials: Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community, 3550 Shaw Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208.

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