Buena Lorain Pearce Seymore Heppler
January 18,1928 - May 16, 2023
Buena leaves behind a great pioneer legacy of hard work, faith and service. She was born into a large family of 6 sisters and 3 brothers. She grew up on the family homestead in Linden Arizona. Her father was killed in a work accident at a young age, leaving her mother, a school teacher with 9 children to raise. She had many responsibilities as a member of a large family trying to survive in difficult times. Her and her siblings forged an inseparable bond that kept them together and close throughout their lives.
She attended Snowflake High School where she met her sweetheart Paul Seymore. They had 6 children and lived in Show Low most of their married life. They worked hard to establish a concrete business known as Show Low Ready Mix. She served in her community and was involved in 4th of July parades, Bar-B-Q’s and rodeos. She was a 4-H and Navajo County Fair supporter in many capacities.
She is a life-long member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She has a strong conviction of her Savior Jesus Christ. She served in many callings and she always had a quilt on for someone’s baby, wedding or to be raffled off for some community fundraiser. After Paul’s passing, at the age of 50 she decided to go on a mission. She served 18 months in the Birmingham England Mission.
After returning home she moved to Mesa and shortly after met and married Ross Heppler, a dentist from California.
She moved to San Diego and loved going to the beach and watching the Padres. She made many friends and it was a great place for grandkids to visit. After Ross retired they served missions in Spain, Florida and Salt Lake City Utah.
She loved her little home in Mesa and being able to walk over to the temple every day if she wanted to.
She battled dementia the last few years but was always wanting to keep herself busy, and help out however she could. Her sweet smile and warm embraces will be missed but remembered by those who loved her. She passed peacefully with family by her side. She would want her posterity to carry on her conviction of hard work, faith, and service.
She was proceeded in death by her father James Lowell Pearce, her mother Ione Rogers Pearce, 3 children Paul Lynn Seymore, Becky Seymore, and Leo Harl Seymore, 5 sisters Myrna Merrill, Adell Lee, Clea Adams, Vivian Adams, Ione (Babe) Whipple and 3 brothers Dean Pearce, Rog Pearce and Joy Pearce and husbands Paul W. Seymore, and Rosco Zar Heppler. She is survived by 1 sister Leone Reidhead, her 3 children, Dany Seymore (Becky) Julie Genet, (Bob) Daryl Seymore, (Jane). 12 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren.
We wish to express gratitude to the Accord Hospice team and her doctor and volunteers who dedicated their time and showed love and compassion to our mother.
Funeral services will be held June 3, 2023 at 11:00 AM in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints stake center US 60 and HWY 260 in Show Low, AZ. A viewing will precede the funeral from 9:00-10:30 AM. Internment will follow at the Show Low Cemetery
Funeral arrangements by Livingston Mortuary and flowers by The Morning Rose.