Edith Brewer Johnson Seifert November 28, 1934 - February 5, 2017 Raleigh Edith Seifert was born to Oren I. and Overton Sears Johnson in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father died young. As her mother was not well and unable to care for her, she went to live with her Aunt Edythe Wrenn, almost within sight of the State Capitol Building. She graduated from Hugh Morson High School in 1953 and Meredith College in 1957. She was considered a favorite around the Girl Scouts campfire, often arriving late with the greeting, "I am here to entertain you!" Throughout her life it was her pattern to arrive late and make dramatic guilt-free explanations. Her first venture into the working world was summer employment as a waitress in Martha's Vineyard. Upon her return home she found another exciting job opportunity, working in the Bookshop of the North Carolina Museum of Art when it was located in downtown Raleigh. This suited her perfectly. She enjoyed interacting with people who loved art and art books, making many friendships that lasted for the greater part of her life. Later she worked as a Disability Determination Specialist for the State of North Carolina and as a Licensed Realtor. For several years she facilitated art placements for Visual Artists. Her fascination with politics was legendary. In her youth she served as President of the local Young Democrats. Progressive action and helping others within her community was very important to her. Later in her life she was active with the neighborhood Citizens' Advisory Council. On New Year's Eve, 1969, she married Rolf Werner Seifert, an architect. They enjoyed many happy years together and traveled extensively to his native Colombia and to Europe. Their Woodburn Avenue home was well known for fine food, wide-ranging conversations and the opportunity to make new friends. Edith is survived by three nieces and a nephew, Anneli, Susi and Rainer Seifert of Medellin, Colombia and niece, Kirsten Seifert of Erbach, Germany. Special friends Shirley Hubert, of Holly Springs, Sergio Morales-Monroy of Raleigh, Beth Ana Webb of Captain Cook, HI, and Conrad Weiser and Susan Coon from Durham were among her "chosen family." She also considered the members of Pullen Baptist Church as her extended family. Contributions to her memory may be made to Pullen Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St. Raleigh, NC, 27605.
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