JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M.
Marilyn Jung Seeling (known as Lin by the many people who loved her) died on the 27th of July from complications resulting from a car accident.
Lin was an original. Born in Milwaukee in 1938, the daughter of an electrician cum entrepreneur and traditional German housewife, Lin carved out her own path early in life. She spent her summers sailing with friends on Okauchee Lake in Wisconsin and like many young, beautiful girls in that area she worked as a car hop at the Kiltie Drive In in Oconomowoc. It was there that Lin met her husband of 38 years, Don Seeling.
Lin worked as an LPN before marrying Don and gave up her nursing career when she had her first child, Kim, in 1961. The small family moved to Linís dream house, an old farm house in the country in Mapleton in 1966, where they lived until 1978. During that time both Lin and Don, along with Linís parents George and Erna Jung, were heavily involved in the Lions Club of Okauchee.
In 1971, Lin gave birth to her second child, Jenifer.
With her family complete, Lin decided to go back to work and spent a number of years in retail, managing multiple stores for larger companies as well as owning her own.
In 1978, the family moved to Nashville, Tenn., to escape the harsh Wisconsin winters. Lin loved country music and the lush, green rolling hills of Tennessee.
During that time, she did what she considered the most important work of her career. She was head of fundraising for the Service Merchandise Company and worked directly with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the United Way. Not only was she responsible for significant fundraising initiatives, this job allowed her to flex her creative muscles by assisting in several, very effective public relations campaigns. After leaving Service Merchandise, Lin continued to work directly for the United Way, before starting her own business managing a group of models and going back into retail management.
She made several lifelong friends in Nashville and left Tennessee for New Mexico in 1993.
A year after moving to Albuquerque, Lin and Don fell in love with the desert and moved to a small village near the Jemez Mountains. Over the next five years they made their living selling antiques and working local flea markets where they again, made several lifelong friends.
After a brief return to the hills of Tennessee, Lin finally settled in her version of heaven ó a small log cabin nestled between two towering mesas in the Gillman area of the Jemez Mountains.
Lin was truly happy in her little log cabin, surrounded by her animals and dear friends and neighbors. She spent her weekends surrounded by her extended family at the Idalia Road Marketplace in Rio Rancho, NM which gave her supreme joy and wonderful social support.
Linís fiercely independent, vibrant, complex and unique soul soared throughout her life, especially in her latter years. She will be missed by many.
Lin is survived by her daughters Kim Seeling Smith and Jenifer Seeling, her brother James Jung and her niece and nephew, Steffanie Felder and Jeff Jung.