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Cape community celebrates two lives suddenly taken

Priscilla and Mikey Saez buried together
By Melissa Steele | Jun 18, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Over 1,100 people from the Cape community came to celebrate the lives of Eduardo and Priscilla Saez at Eagles Nest Fellowship Church Saturday, June 15.

Family and friends celebrated the lives of Priscilla and Eduardo Saez of Milton with the same kind of energy and enthusiasm many said the couple carried throughout their daily lives.

And just as the couple was close in life, they will remain so in death. They were buried together in a coffin made for two.

More than 1,100 people attended the service at Eagles Nest Fellowship Church June 15 that gathered family, friends and the many people who knew the couple as students and as employees of Cape Henlopen School District.

Funeral director Bennie Smith, who has presided over thousands of funerals, said that for him, the special-ordered double casket made this one unusual. "I never had this before," he said.

"Both families were involved and the funeral turned out nice," he said.

The Saezes died in a violent crash near Lincoln June 5.

Eduardo, commonly known as Mikey, was a custodian at Cape Henlopen High School from which he also graduated after playing lacrosse and football while a student. Priscilla, known as Cil, graduated from Sussex Central High School and worked in the cafeteria of H.O. Brittingham Elementary School. She also drove Mariner students who attend the Academic Challenge.

They are survived by three children – one who attends University of Delaware and two in the Cape Henlopen School District.

The couple was traveling southbound on Route 113 when Priscilla suffered a massive heart attack or passed out while driving, a family member said, based on a report from the Medical Examiner's Office. Both died at the scene after running head-on into a pick-up truck traveling north, police said.

A benefit for the children will be held 2 to 9 p.m. June 30 at Irish Eyes in Milton. The event will include food sales and a silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the Saez family.

An account also has been established at Community Bank Delaware in the name of The Saez Family Benefit fund.

More than 1,100 people from the Cape community came to celebrate the lives of Eduardo and Priscilla Saez at Eagles Nest Saturday, June 15. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The bus that Priscilla Saez drove for the Cape Henlopen School District displays a banner that honors them. The bus will be retired from use in the district. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
A school bus flower arrangement adorned the pulpit honoring the couple who drove for the Cape Henlopen School District. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Elder Keith Sivels acted as Minister of Ceremony for the memorial service praising the lives of Eduardo and Priscilla. (Dan Cook)
Marcus Shockley sang a musical selection during the service. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Apostle Lawrence Spady, Priscilla's father, spoke of the wonderful relationship that his daughter and son-in-law had together. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Minister Anna Cannon read acknowledgements of cards and poems. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Pastor Ouemonde Brangman reads scripture from the Old and New Testament. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Pastor Melissa Dukes praises the accomplishments of the Saez children, saying their parents were very proud of them. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Juan Saez promises his brother's children, "I can never replace your father, but I'll be the best uncle ever." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Juan Saez promises his brother's children, "I can never replace your father, but I'll be the best uncle ever." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Pastor Andrew Sellers delivers the eulogy. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Pastor Andrew Sellers delivers the eulogy. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Members of the Saez family gather to pay their respects to Eduardo and Priscilla. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Eduardo's older brother, Ozell Horsey, comforts a member of the family. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Eduardo's father Jose is comforted by his nephew Carlos Morales. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
A couple pays their respect before the service. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Two screens played a video of the happy lives of Eduardo and Priscilla. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
An emotional friend and teammate Sean Bradham arrives at the service. Other teammates present to show their respect were Jack Frederick, Larry Gibson, Derrick Wilson and Herron Lawrence. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Evangelist Kathleen Franklin sings a musical selection during the service. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Juan Saez, right, supports his father Jose. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Eduardo's father, Jose, is lead from the church by his nephew Carlos Morales, left, and son Antonio Saez. In back is Ozell Horsey. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Pallbearers lead the casket from Eagles Nest Fellowship Church. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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