Betty Bobo Seiden



Betty Bobo Seiden
1930 – April 10, 2024
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, California

Betty Bobo Seiden joined the Ancestars on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. She was ninety-four years old. These are the words her son wrote to notify the world of her death on Facebook:

Hi friends and family. I wanted to let you know my mom passed away peacefully last Wednesday morning. She lived an impressive and interesting life. And she put up with me and my friends all these years. She had a good run. She was 94 years old.

Betty arrived at Lake Park in 2014 with husband Richard after residing in the Montclair District of Oakland for 52 years. She was an educator with the Oakland School District and was honored with the Marcus A. Foster Distinguished Educator Award in 1986. She was a docent with the Oakland Museum of California after her retirement. The Seidens were an adventurous couple. They visited Australia, Japan, and Vladivostok, Greenland, among other unique parts of the world. Betty was a talented ballroom dancer and had a marvelous voice.

She was an active contributor to the Lake Park Newsletter. She conducted interviews and wrote articles on a regular basis. Betty also enjoyed Lake Park’s music program, singing with the chorus and attending Line Dancing classes.

Betty was a joy, and her friendship and kindness will be missed by all. April 17, 2024.


Betty Bobo Seiden – educator, editor, and social worker.

She served as the director of Arroyo Viejo Cyesis, a program for pregnant high school girls in Oakland, California. She was the executive secretary of Black and White Action (BAWA). She wrote BAWA’s first project paper, “Black History in Our Curriculum,” a six-page booklet outlining the broad goals in teaching Black history.

Betty Bobo Seiden was an active Unitarian Universalist layperson, and a member of First Unitarian Church of Oakland, California. She served on the Board of Trustees of Meadville Lombard Theological School and the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee. Betty was deeply committed to the quest for racial justice in the UUA and the broader society.

(We will add a curated collection of some of her writings shortly.)