Funeral Service

Time: 12.20pm

Date: Thursday 30th April 2020

Service Details:
A private family funeral service will be held. The ceremony is being streamed live and can be watched via this link :- Website Username accrington1160 Password 746801

Mary Rowena Theresa Seed (Rowena)

Peacefully at Royal Blackburn Hospital on Thursday 23rd April 2020, Rowena aged 85 years. The devoted wife of the late Brian Seed and much loved mother of Vanessa, Gary and Robin, mother in law to Dewi and Pam, Grandma and Granny to Tamara, Filipe, Nadhia, Sasha and Kayden and Great Grandma to Indiana and adored relative and friend to many.

Rowena was born on 2 September 1934 in Dalkey, nr Dublin Ireland, 

She came to the UK to train as a State Registered Nurse where she met Brian, they married and had two of their three children. They lived in various places in the UK before they left for a life in the Far East. It was in Hong Kong they had their third child Robin. They settled in Hong Kong where they lived for many years. 

Rowena worked for the Red Cross in Hong Kong until she retired. Living in a multi cultural place Rowena had many loving friends and companions from around the globe. 

Devoting her life to caring for others; Rowena was known as a very thoughtful, independent, beautiful woman who always put others before herself. 

She travelled the world to visit her family in Indonesia, UK, Ireland and Portugal.. She would make the journey most years until the long journey became just too much. 

She loved to visit Singapore with dear friend Wendy of which she shared many memories. 

Much of Rowena’s social life was enjoyed spending time with her many friends from Claire’s fundraising for Saint John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong, she donated her knitting for sales and raffles to support the Cathedral, helping to raise hundreds of dollars. 

In November 2018 Rowena returned to live in the UK to spend time with family and friends. 

She will be missed dearly by so many, but she will forever be in our hearts.  Rest in eternal peace lovely lady. 

Donations are being received in memory of Rowena on behalf of The British Red Cross via the link below.


Please feel free to send a message for the family of Rowena Seed, they may wish to read them out at the service and some are published below this form.

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MESSAGES for Mary Rowena Theresa Seed (Rowena)


Simone Evans

Nothing is harder than saying good-bye to someone you love. May you find comfort and peace in your memories of the love you shared in the days ahead.
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I would give the world to be with you all right now, but am comforted in knowing that you have each other at this time.
All my love, now and always. Simone x


Judith Crawshaw

Dear Rowena – a wonderful, caring friend. She was so kind to me at my time of need in Hong Kong. A friend for life always in my heart.


Marianne Collins

I am so very glad that we were able to assist you to carry out your wish to return to the UK to be with family.
Rest in peace my dear friend Rowena.


Sophie Johnson

Message for Mary Rowena Theresa Seed (Rowena) although I did not know you all that well myself I know that you where very much loved by Tamara, Aunty Pam and Gary and I know they will miss you eternally along with many more. You have lead an incredible life, travelling the world helping others and doing what you love!!
Rest in peace Rowena, all our love Sophie and family xx


Eunice Peta-Anne, Keith and Amber Mellor

We are SO sorry to hear of Rowena’s death and at such a difficult time too. We became friends with her when our daughter was in the same class as Robin at Beacon Hill School but our friendship deepened with our interest at the Hong Kong Cathedral, especially CLARES and we visited them when they moved to the island. We remember the support she gave your dad with his clockmaking. After we left Hong Kong, I used to catch up with Rowena at the CLARES reunions here in the UK and we always made a beeline for each other and had a good natter and a catch up. So many happy memories of school and church events which Rowena was such a part of. The words independent, thoughtful and beautiful could not be more fitting for her. I would add loyal, compassionate and caring. I wish we had a magic wand to take away some of your, her families, pain at the loss of Rowena. As a family we can only say that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.


David Beattie

I only met Rowena last year and visited her a few times. It was a privilege to know such a lovely lady


Marion Hayes

Rhona may you rest in peace now. Thanks for all the wonderful memories from over the years, Gone but not forgotten. Mairead, Carol, Helen & Marion (Dalkey Hill. Ireland)


Hope House Care Home

Even though Rowena was only at Hope House for a short time she settled into Hope House life really well and was loved by all the staff especially when she was telling her stories about Hong Kong she truly loved her fruit especially mango and nothing was ever too much for her family we could see how much her family meant to her and how much she was truly loved.. an absolute pleasure to care for will be sadly missed xxx


Licínio Fonseca

It was a privilege to have met you. Rest in peace.


Holly Steel

You were loved so dearly by all of your family and friends , an inspiration to them all.
Meeting you properly when you came back from Hong Kong was lovely after hearing so much about you over the years from my Aunty pamela and Tamara, such a lovely Lady , glad I got to give you a nice new hair cut too , it really did make me happy knowing how much you liked it.
Hope you are at peace now and can finally rest .
You will be missed so much Rowena
Lots of love Holly and family xxxx


Mary & Ann Curwen
Both of us are saddened of the passing of Rowena, Mum and I are thinking of you all at this sad time