Nov. 10, 1929 – May 10, 2013

Claudia Mae Seay, a retired chef at D’Youville College, died Friday in her Buffalo home. She was 83.

Born Claudia Mae Young in Stockton, Ala., Mrs. Seay attend public schools in Alabama and Detroit, where she graduated from Northern High School.

After many years as the head chef at D’Youville College, she retired in 1988. D’Youville students honored her with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of her service. Also during the ceremony, she prepared a meal for then-President Ronald Reagan.

With her husband, Mrs. Seay assisted various pastors in establishing their churches, including the late M. L. Bowman, who was the senior pastor of Antioch Fire Baptized Church and the late James Kirkwood, pastor of the former St. Mark Church of God in Christ – now St. James Church of God in Christ.

For more than 35 years, Mrs. Seay was a member of St. James, where she was the president of the Bible study ministry and the assistant district missionary.

The Church of God in Christ Inc. in Memphis licensed her as an evangelist and missionary.

In 1997, the Northeast Ohio District of the Fire Baptized Holiness Church Organization honored Mrs. Seay for her service and support of foreign missions.

Mrs. Seay was a long-standing member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

Her husband of 51 years, Ezelle, died in 2002.

Surviving are seven sons, Terry, Larry, Tommy, David, Samuel, Claude and Kelvin; two daughters, Rachel and Lydia; three brothers, Paul, Solomon and Benjamin; and five sisters, Inez Brand, Dorothy, Ruby Baines, Pearline Kirkland and Dolly Green.

A funeral service will be held at noon Friday in True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St., following a wake there at 11 a.m.