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Jeanne Elizabeth New Seitz passed away on September 23, 2021, at the age of 56.

Elizabeth is survived by her devoted husband, Christopher Reese Seitz. The Seitz’ were married in Dallas, Texas on December 18, 2009. Elizabeth is lovingly remembered by her parents, Fritz and Carolyn New and her sisters, Jennifer (Shuford), Hilary (Doug) and Catherine, and her husband’s siblings, Tom (Anna), Mark (Kathleen) and Peter.

Elizabeth was born in Dallas, Texas on December 19, 1965. While an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, Elizabeth studied abroad and her lifelong love for the French people, language and culture was hatched. Elizabeth earned her undergraduate and doctorate degrees from Vanderbilt. Elizabeth returned to her native Texas where she taught French language and culture at the University of North Texas for nearly a decade. Approximately 15 years ago, she established French Affaires, a firm specializing in all things French. Over the years, she ferried more than 1000 Americans to France for truly unique experiences. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoyed gardening and gourmet cooking.

Elizabeth’s funeral and internment will take place at the Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September 28 with the Rev. Jamie Sosnowski officiating. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the LAM Foundation – 4520 Cooper Road, Suite 300, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242.

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  1. Jerry Cooper says:

    There aren’t words to describe what Carole and I feel right now. None seem adequate.

    We feel this awful void and yet we know Elizabeth is in a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we hope they provide a little comfort.

    May God’s blessing be on all of you.
    Jerry & Carole Cooper

  2. Grace Dibble Boyle says:

    I was so sorry to learn of Elizabeth’s death. Prayers are being lifted up for you and her family. Xx

  3. Martha Archibald says:

    Dearest Chris, please know how much we loved Elizabeth as our teacher and friend. She provided us with an opportunity to nurture our love for cooking one of the great cuisines as she shared her passion & knowledge of all things French. We send our love & deepest sympathy, the French Cookbook Club Dallas

  4. Patricia Ward says:

    The news of Elizabeth’s death causes grief and pain to the many people wwho knew her through her deep connections with Vanderbilt University. I so admired her competence, elegance, sensitivity to others, and love of all things French. May Christopher and all the family find comfort in faith and in the legacy of a remarkable life. Patricia Ward, Emerita Professor, French and Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt U.

  5. Virginia Scott says:

    When I first joined the French Department at Vanderbilt University, I had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth. This outstanding scholar of French language, literature and culture was also my first PhD student. What an honor for me! Her 1994 dissertation on computer-assisted foreign language writing was groundbreaking and helped set the stage for future innovative pedagogy using technology. We kept in touch regularly over the years and I followed her marvelously creative career trajectory. French Affaires was a one-of-a-kind platform for sharing what she loved so much–French history, architecture, cuisine, and more. I will miss her so very much and will always remember her delightfully humorous signature “Lizard” on all the messages she sent over the past 25+ years. MERCI, Elizabeth, for all that you gave us. Virginia Scott, Emerita Professor, French and Applied Linguistics, Vanderbilt U.

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