Havre Mother Honors Family Members Lost in Plane Crash

photo courtesy of Alexandra Seigel

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A Havre mother is grieving after the loss of her daughter and mother in a plane crash in rural Utah last Thursday.

Virginia Seigel, 51, and Elise Lowrance, 6, died last week when the small plane Seigel was piloting crashed on the way to a family Father’s Day event in California.

Alexandra Seigel wants them to be remembered as joyous and caring individuals who could light up any room.

“They were very vibrant. They were electric people. They come around you and can make anybody smile. They made it their mission to do that in a way. They were super happy, they loved to be outside and they loved to kayak and go fishing and go play and bike. Elise loves rollerblading. They just were the most full of life people I’ve ever met and I think they would want everyone to just hold each other, to love each other, to put their phones down and go play with each other. I think they were wonderful, wonderful people that I want everyone to know. And I know they don’t have the opportunity to know them now, but those qualities were amazing and I want people to know that’s what they were like. Absolutely amazingly interested in living their life to the beat of their own drums as full as they could and as much as they could every day. They both really loved to play music, I think that’s important too. Especially Elise, Elise really loved to play music. She starting playing the piano when she was three by herself. She could play be ear. She could pick out songs, any song, she would play for you. And my Mom, she played the guitar. And they both really loved babies. Elise probably the most out of any human being I’ve ever met. Everybody else gets tired of babies eventually a little bit, but Elise never did. She could play peek-a-boo, I think, until she fell asleep. Like forever. She loved them so much. And I’m really sad that she won’t have the opportunity to have her own. But I think that I want her love at least to be known and go on as much as possible.”

Alexandra’s family is in Havre helping take care of her three other children.

Virginia Seigel was a Havre City Court Judge from 2014-2019 before joining the Havre Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol. She was a licensed pilot with a large amount of experience, beginning with 15 years flying helicopters in the U.S. Army.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

courtesy of Alexandra Seigel


  1. So sorry to hear. I served with Virginia in Korea. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, My God be with her family in this time of mourning.

  2. When I heard, I didn’t believe it. I thought people were messing with me. Now I see it’s true I must say I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was an amazing woman. And kind. And Elise was always such a sweetheart! She didn’t see me for so long and still remembered uncle Monkey. I’m sorry for such a loss. No mother should bury her children.

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