Biography: Sheila L. Seabrook was born in Charleston, S.C. on December 25, 1950. She spent the early part of her life on Wadmalaw Island, S.C., nurtured by her grandparents. She attended Rockville Elementary School and some of her high school years at Haut Gap High School. Her childhood religious education was at St. James Bethel A.M.E. Church on Wadmalaw Island.
In June of 1967, Sheila migrated to NYC and graduated in 1968 from William Howard Taft High School in the Bronx. She entered the workforce immediately after high school. She worked for NY Life Insurance Company and Chase Manhattan Bank.
In September of 1973, she changed paths and accepted a job at the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. She established a career at DMV. She progressed through the civil service system from entry level position to become the District Director of the Queens district in 1992, the largest DMV operation in the state of NY at that time. She was a part of the team that worked with the expansion from one DMV office in Queens to three full service offices. Also throughout her career, she served on many teams and committees.
She received the Governor's African American Leaders of Excellence in State Service Award from Governor Pataki in 2006 and was proud to say that her pastor at the time, Rev. Dr. Rose Ellington Murray, traveled to Albany to support her. She has received many departmental awards and was also proud to be the third recipient of the Department of Motor Vehicles Career Achievement award in 2005. Throughout her 37 plus years on the job, she also was a mentor to many.
Sheila, the mother of one daughter, Kellee Kristle Scott, was a member of Trinity A.M.E. Church for 30 plus years. She and Kellee became members under the pastorate of the Rev. Isaac Smalls, Jr. She worked diligently in her church. She served on the Steward Board, Usher Board, the Choir, Church school teacher, President of the Women Missionary Society, Secretary of the Quarterly Conference, Lay Organization, Bible Study Coordinator, and a lead member of the Finance Commission. Sheila also took classes at the NY School of the Bible for 15 plus years, and received many certificates in Biblical study.
When Sheila retired from DMV in 2010, she became an avid traveler with her travel pals: cousin Allie Taylor and long term friend, Phyllis Bernard. She traveled throughout the Caribbean. She also had the opportunity to visit Italy, Turkey (Ephesus & Patmos), Israel (Bethlehem & Jerusalem), Greece (Rhodes, Mykonos, and Santorini), Brussels, Copenhagen, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, & Poland. Her trip of all trips was her visit to South Africa with the love of her life, her daughter Kellee, in February 2018.
Sheila always encouraged the young people of the church with her motto, "Good enough is not good enough, when better is expected."
She leaves to cherish fond memories: her daughter, Kellee, her parents Ruth & Vernon Jackson (Goose Creek, SC), her brother Michael (Columbia, SC) and sister Delores (Goose Creek, SC), beloved cousins Allie & Benjamin Taylor (Bronx, NY),
Wanda, Michael, Kevin, & Spencer Seabrook (Rahway, NJ), 3 nephews, 1 niece, "adopted" daughter, Kimberly Jordan (Bronx, NY) and a host of family, church family, friends, and former colleagues.
A limb has fallen from our Family Tree
We keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me.
Remember the best time, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong."