Gallery: Family and fiance pay tribute to Hannah Seeley
A YOUNG bride-to-be who died in an accident has left a legacy far beyond her years, according to her family.
The parents and fianc� of Hannah Seeley, who worked as a midwife at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, yesterday spoke to the East Anglian Daily Times for the first time since the 23-year-old’s death on Sunday.
Miss Seeley had been returning from work when her Ford Fiesta was involved in a collision with a VW Golf on the A143 at Pakenham.
She had been due to wed Mark Wade, 27, with whom she lived in Sturgeon Way, Stanton, on September 15 at Suffolk Golf Club, in Fornham St Genevieve.
Mr Wade, who proposed to Miss Seeley in Paris in August 2010, said he knew she was the one for him from the start.
He said: “She was my soulmate, my best friend, my world and now it’s all gone.”
He said she used to come to his former workplace as that was where her father Kevin, 49, worked, and they just got talking.
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Describing what drew him to Miss Seeley, Mr Wade said: “Her looks – she was stunning – her personality, her smile, laugh, her eyes. The most caring person you would ever meet. She had everything.”
Miss Seeley’s mother, Karen, 48, said her daughter had been “so excited” about her forthcoming wedding, adding how only the details had needed to be finalised.
The wedding invitations had already gone out and the couple’s honeymoon in New York and Las Vegas was already booked.
Mrs Seeley said everything had been “falling into place nicely” for her daughter with the wedding, adding that everyone was “devastated” it could no longer happen.
“She went and put her dress on last Thursday, putting accessories with it. Every time she put it on she loved it more.”
She said her daughter had wanted a wedding which was elegant and not over-the-top or too formal, adding how it had been more important to her to enjoy the day.
Mr Seeley, who works as a lorry driver, said: “It was her and Mark’s day, but to her it was everybody’s day.”
He said she may have been their daughter, but when she met Mr Wade she found another set of parents.
“I could not wish for her to have the fianc� she found and the parents he has. We are both very similar families. We are close and we look after each other. I wouldn’t have changed any of it – apart from Sunday night.”
Mr Wade’s mother, Angela, 53, added: “All of us loved her to bits. I could not wish for anything better for Mark. She was wonderful.”
Miss Seeley attended Stanton’s primary and middle schools and Thurston Community College before training to be a midwife at University Campus Suffolk. At the time of her death, she had been working as a midwife at the West Suffolk Hospital.
Mrs Seeley, who works in the hospital’s emergency assessment unit, said: “She has just always felt that was what she needed to be doing.”
Mr Wade, who works as a lorry driver, added: “She was made to do that job.” Her family said outside of work her life revolved around her fianc�, their families, her friends and their families. Her sister Kirsty, 22, said: “We had our moments growing up, but she has been pretty much my rock in the last year with me having my daughter.”
Miss Seeley was a popular young woman – as the many flowers and cards show – who had recently been a bridesmaid at the wedding of her friend Beth Mleczek.
Mr Wade said: “Everyone who met her liked her. She had no enemies.”
The Seeley family said they have many happy memories of the UCS graduate growing up – too many to pick just one.
Mrs Seeley said they missed “everything” about her and Mr Seeley added how she could not have been any better.
He said: “She wrote her own tribute by being who she is and what she was.
“She’s left a legacy people three times her age will never, never leave.”
The family thanked everyone for their kind messages and support, but Mr Seeley said thank you “will never do it justice”.
Mr Wade and Mrs Seeley went out to find Hannah when she was late home on Sunday night. They came across a roadblock and the police delivered the news.
A 21-year-old man who was driving the black VW Golf has been in the West Suffolk in a serious condition.
A date has not yet been set for Miss Seeley’s funeral.