Nina Rankin Seese (1922-2009)

Nina Mae Rankin Seese had been a part of the MJ family since August of 2007. She was the loving mother of our Joyce Hunley. She also has another daughter, Nancy Ennis of Lebanon, TN. She passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, July 29th, 2009. Nina was born November 29, 1922 in Hughes Springs, Texas. She was the eleventh of twelve children born to Samuel and Belinda Rankin. Nina worked hard on their farm until her graduation from high school. After graduation Nina moved to Washington, D.C. to accept federal employment. Nina worked for several government agencies but retired as a Personnel Staffing Specialist with the Public Health Service’s Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration in Rockville, Maryland on December 31, 1978. While in D.C. she fell in love with an Army Staff Sergeant named Paul Richard Seese from Windber, Pennsylvania. They married July 12, 1945. Nina and Paul raised their two daughters in a loving Christian home environment. Paul was not yet a Christian. Just as Nina’s mother had influenced Nina to become a member of the church of Christ and to love and serve the Lord all the days of her life, Nina also did the same for her family. Paul put the Lord on in baptism when the girls were young. They attended church services on a regular basis and lived a life of Christian example. While living in Oxon Hill, Maryland and working in Washington, D.C. they attended the closest church of Christ located and named accordingly in Southeast Washington. A small group of members which included Paul and Nina established a new congregation in the suburbs of Maryland. There Nina and Paul helped establish and build the Oxon Hill Church of Christ. Although Nina and Paul remained at Oxon Hill until Paul’s death in 1982 the congregation also branched out to begin three new congregations of the Lord’s church in Maryland. Nina moved to Tennessee in 1982 shortly after Paul’s death and became a member of the Hermitage church of Christ. Nina moved to Hearthside Assisted Living in Lebanon about two years ago. At that time she placed her membership with the Mt. Juliet church of Christ. Nina had been confined to an electric wheelchair for many years and seldom ventured far from Hearthside, attending church services there. Nina remained a faithful Christian woman in this life and now walks with her Lord in paradise. For several years Nina endured trials in her health but never complained, always giving thanks to her Lord for her many blessings and her cherished family. She always reminded others to do the same. Her wonderful example will not only live on in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, but will live with all who knew her. We will all miss her greatly but rejoice in her victory. In loving memory of Nina R. Seese – until we meet again!

Written by daughter Nancy Ennis, adapted for space purposes.