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Maria A. Sellers

2022-01-07

Maria A. Sellers, 88 of Amelia Island, passed away at her home surrounded by members of her family on January 7, 2022. She was born on February 9, 1933, in Brunswick, Georgia, to the late Adena Briggs Arnold and Harry Bailey Arnold.

Maria grew up in Fernandina Beach, graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1951, and attended Tift College. She graduated from Jacksonville University and was an elementary school teacher for some 20 years. She lived most of her life on Amelia Island, but also resided for a time in Jesup, Ga., and Port Cartier, Quebec.

She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and a founding member of the Amelia Baptist Church.

Maria was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and mother-in-law who was completely devoted to her family. She was a skilled floral artist and won a number of awards for her flower arranging skills. Her favorite flowers were camellias and hydrangeas. She was a member of the local Garden Club and the Woman's Club of Fernandina Beach (and served as president of both).

Along with her parents, Maria was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Lawrence E. Sellers, her brother, Wesley W. Arnold, and her sister, Harriett Arnold Lewis.

Maria leaves behind four sons Lawrence Edward (Cathy), Charles Wesley (Jim), Gladstone Arnold (Carren) and Briggs Keene (Victoria), her sister-in-law, Sarah Freeman Arnold, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and her caregiver and friend Margarita Rojas.

Due to current conditions, there will be a private service with internment at a later date. Rather than flowers, the family asks for donations, in her memory, to Amelia Baptist Church or Community Hospice.

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Condolences:

Robert H Sanders

Everyday Life flows like a river, a Mother's Love is the vessel that keeps us afloat now and forever. Find comfort in the memories and faith in the path of the journey that takes her home. Rejoice in the journey complete, cherish the grief in Love remembered. As memories turn grief to gratitude, allow them to return Love completely and bring you Peace.

LIsa Giza

Ms. Maria was such a sweet and lovely lady... Though our lives as neighbors touched for too short of a time 😔 - the joys, laughter, stories, and adventures we shared will always be a treasure in my heart. ❤️

Lynn & Theresa Haddock

We’re sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time God bless you all.

Chris Kamen

In 2011 at the age of 11 my mother and only parent passed away. In the wake of that my Uncle, Briggs, adopted me. Maria from then on always considered me her grandson… and through her amazing character and spirit helped me to be the man I am today. Rest in piece grandmother, I know you and grandfather are happy.

Kay Hanna Stephens

Larry, Stone, Wes, and Briggs, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that your mom brought joy to my mom by bringing her cuttings from her pretty hydrangeas every year.

Tim and Pat Middleton

We were saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Nancy White Clarke

Larry, Wesley, Stone and Briggs, I am so sorry about your Mom. I have many fond memories with all of your family while growing up here and after. Sending all of you and your families hugs, love and prayers.

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