Dorothy Mae Seaman

Dorothy Mae Woerz was born on April 3, 1935 in Covington, OK. She was the second daughter born to the Reverend Ruffin Victor Woerz and Anna Mary (Hubbard) Woerz. She grew up in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas during the great depression. The family moved to Fort Worth, TX when she was in high school, and she graduated from high school there. She then attended Dallas Bible School for one year before attending Nursing School at Jefferson Davis School of Nursing in Houston, TX where she received her RN degree.

In Houston, Dorothy met and married medical student Maynard Maurice Seaman from Onida, SD. They moved to Ohio where they finished medical training and residency and their first daughter Dawn Marie Seaman was born.

Maynard and Dorothy both had interest in missions and joined TEAM, The Evangelical Alliance Mission under the Mennonite Missions and Services board.

Shortly after the birth of their second daughter, Dianne Mardelle, they set sail for India in 1959 and their careers as medical missionaries. They had two more children, Darlene Muriel and David Maynard while in India.

At the end of their first term and a furlough back in the USA the family was posted to Mussoorie, Uttar Pradesh, N India. While in Mussoorie Dorothy helped Maynard with Tibetan refugee clinics before the family moved to a remote location in Nepal, near the district center of Dandeldhura in Mahakali province in far western Nepal.

Life in Nepal was a challenge and Dorothy took care of her family, raising food, packing in supplies for a year at a time, home schooling the children, while she also nursed and was the administrator for the clinic/hospital. She was a generous hostess and loved to cook and bake. “Afternoon Tea” at the Seaman house was always a time for gathering, sharing food, catching up on conversation and lively discussion. Dorothy also ordered supplies and medicines to keep the clinic and hospital running.

Dorothy and Maynard served with TEAM in South Asia for 46 years before returning to South Dakota for retirement. Even then, the couple served on short-term missions to various countries around the world.

Dorothy and Maynard moved to Tahlequah, OK in 2006 where they continued to minister. Dorothy contracted Parkinson’s Disease and died from complications on August 24, 2021.

Dorothy had a lifelong love of Jesus Christ and a love for music. She played both piano and organ, sang and loved listening to music. She had a wonderful smile and was a gracious hostess.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her brother Donald Woerz (Sharon) and sister Barbara Watkins (Everett). She is survived by husband of 65 years, Maynard Seaman, children Dawn Bove, Dianne Mathews (Larry), Darlene Silliman (Tom) and David Seaman, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and her sister Mary.