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Obituary for Olga Diana Banda Seal

A Memorial Service for Olga Seal, 77 will be held Saturday September 30 at 11 a.m. at Childress First Baptist Church, with Tim Medley officiating. She passed away September 3, 2023.

A time to gather and celebrate her life.

Born September 8, 1945 in Corpus Christi, Olga graduated from Roy Miller High School, Corpus Christi in 1963 and enlisted directly into to the U.S. Marine Corps until 1966. In 1973 she returned to Corpus, and a couple years after her arrival home she would meet the love of her life, Darrell Seal. They would marry within their first year together and in 1976 David was born, the first of the six children they would have together. Olga, being adopted, always had her heart set on a large family all of her own. In 1981 Olga (pregnant with 3rd child) and Darrell moved their two young children back to his home town of Childress where they moved into the house on C street that the Seal family would call home for the rest of Olga’s life and beyond.

Olga took pride in work and started at a young age, working her first job at age 11 in a medicine bottling factory, working 40 hours a week for a summer. In 1963 she didn’t think twice about enlisting into the military at age 18, she knew she could do the work and it would take her places, and it did. She was stationed in Virginia at Quantico Marine Corps Base where she was trained as an illustrator/draftsman, drawing maps and weapons. Her enlistment ended in 1966 at the beginning of the Vietnam War. For the next six years she went on to work in Washington D.C. at Lincoln Telephone Co , George Washington University and the National Academy of Science as a switch board operator. In 1972 she returned home to Corpus to care for her ill mother. She hired on to Southwestern Bell and worked in their engineering department as a drafting clerk/drawing maps. In 1976 she quit work away from the home and was a stay at home mother with six children until 1991, her words “Hardest work I have ever done in all my life.” During those same years she was also actively participating in the family farming operation , growing watermelons and cantaloupes. In 1993 she started work again away from home hiring on as a correctional officer at the new TL Roach Unit, she would retire in 2006. From 1983 to 2023 Olga also had an at home side job of preparing tax returns, paper work and translating for her community and friends. Being Hispanic and her first language being Spanish made this her niche. She was a stickler for perfection and always went above and beyond to help where she could. She would do this until her final year of life.

What Olga lived for was her children and was always praying for their safety and success. She literally had a daily timer on her phone for prayers for her children. In 2009 her husband Darrell passed away after a long battle with cancer, she was his caregiver. That same year she had her first three grands born, all girls. It was a new and wonderful way for her to show her love to her kids. She wanted to babysit whenever she could and spoilt them every chance she got. She went on to have a total of 12 grandchildren. Every single one of them was unique and special to her.

Olga was an artist , she loved to write poems, loved inspirational quotes and self help books, drawing and painting. She loved to garden and kept a beautiful yard. She loved a good joke, she could hardly tell one because she would be laughing too much. She adored her little side kick Woody dog. She was a beautiful person through and through and we were lucky to call her mother.

Olga’s last year of life seemed hard and impossible to her children after being diagnosed with AML but it was a cake walk compared to raising six children (her words). Her battle was successful, she stayed a lot longer than she thought she had and was able to love and be loved until she took her final breath. Her final words “Keep the Faith!!”

She was preceded in death by her husband Oddis Darrell Seal, parents Teodoro and Josefa Banda and brother Rey Banda.

She is survived by son David Seal and wife Kate of Allen Texas, daughter Mollie of Childress, daughter Grace Jones and husband Tadpole of Childress, son Delbert Seal and wife Amie of Childress, son Daniel Seal and wife Niki of Childress and Daughter Starla Seal and fiance Derek of Coupville WA. Grandchildren, Addie, Easton, Dagny, Dalany, Davy, Ethan, Liberty, Vivian, Kendall, Korben, Ezra and Savannah.