Long-time Amarillo business woman, Peggy Seale Amerson, died January 24, 2013. She was 89.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, January 28th, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Peggy Jean Seale was born January 9, 1924 in Corsicana, to Mr. & Mrs. Fred Seale. The family moved to Amarillo later that decade.
Peggy Seale first met the boy who later would become the love of her life, Clide Lin Amerson, when they were 2nd grade classmates at San Jacinto Elementary School. Later both graduated from Amarillo High School.
After high school C.L. enlisted in the US Navy and served during WWII in the Pacific Fleet, stationed in Iwo Jima. Peggy enrolled at Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
After the war, C.L. and Peggy met again, and later were married on June 2, 1947 in Amarillo. They moved to Albuquerque where Clide was a student at the University of New Mexico. By 1949, they had returned to Amarillo and begun their family, which included two sons, Dale Lin and Fred B. Amerson,as well as starting their careers in family business.
Seale-Amerson Lumber & Building Co. opened in 1949 and has been operating continuously in the same location more than six decades, with the same family ownership, spanning four generations.
Fred Muse Seale opened the business and his three children–Peggy, Dana and Jack, and son-in-law Clide–took over operations after his death in 1951. Real estate development and post-war housing was the crux of the business. Several subdivisions in Amarillo were developed and built by Seale-Amerson Lumber as well as churches, schools and shopping centers. Numerous contractors got their start working for Seale-Amerson Lumber and still thrive.
Seale-Amerson Lumber & Building Co., Inc. continues their tradition of personal service and quality with a distinguished list of commercial & industrial clientele.
Even as a young girl at San Jacinto Elementary School , Peggy Seale was distinguished as a natural leader, excellent student, superior athlete and a strong competitor. Later in life, she earned numerous trophies in her favorite sport: tennis, recognized in Texas country club tournaments as one of the top female players in the state. Tennis was her passion and when she wasn’t playing it she watched it at tournaments, on TV and visited tennis courts, her favorite of course being Wimbledon in the UK.
She also loved the sun and swimming in both country club pool, Lake Tanglewood and the Gulf Coast off Padre Island. She had a passion for travel and an adventurous spirit, and visited dozens of exotic countries over the years.
Peggy Seale Amerson was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Edna Seale; her sister, Dana Seale Watson; and her two beloved sons.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, C.L. Amerson,of Amarillo, past president of Seale-Amerson Lumber Co. who serves on the board of directors; her brother, Jack Seale, Denver, corporate VP and former Mayor of Amarillo; daughter-in-law, Anne Amerson of Amarillo, CEO, Seale-Amerson Lumber; and a granddaughter, Katherine Amerson Paullus of Dallas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Presbyterian Children’s Home, 3400 S. Bowie, Amarillo, TX 79109; or Cal Farley’s Boy’s Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174.