Merial Nina Selleck

Merial Nina
(Stanford) Selleck

Merial Nina (Stanford) Selleck was born at her family's home in Inglewood, CA, on December 19, 1924 and passed away on November 30, 2012, in San Pedro, Ca. She attended local grade schools and graduated from Inglewood High School in 1942. Merial went to work at an insurance company and at a local "dime" store at the age of 17 in order to help support her struggling family. In December of 1942, she was hired at Douglas Aircraft Company in El Segundo, where the Scout Bomber Douglas airplane was being manufactured to support the war effort. Merial said that at that time, during her graveyard shift, employees regularly went in the middle of the night to bomb shelters located in the parking lot, ever on alert for the "enemy." Merial met Barney Selleck on a blind date, and the two were married on June 7, 1947. The couple celebrated their 65th anniversary this year, shortly before Barney's passing on August 31st. Merial was placed by an employment agency at a law firm in 1951, and became a specialist in probate law. She worked for the same attorney for fourteen years, while raising her two older children. Merial continued to work in the legal field until she was in her seventies, and enjoyed her involvement in the South Bay Legal Secretaries' Association, serving as the group's president for a number of terms. While working part time, Merial also served as a volunteer for Head Start, where her love of children and her generous spirit were shared with staff and students alike. Merial endured numerous physical afflictions in her later years, but she handled each new challenge with strength and courage. She is survived by her daughters, Sherrill (Doug) Truax, Laura (Casper) Zublin, and her son, Dan. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Christine (David) Jacobsen, Lisa (Robert) Mears, Katherine, Emma, Eli, and Mia Zublin; and great grandsons, Nicholas and Sam Jacobsen; her brothers, William (Marilyn) and Richard Stanford; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her older brother, Thomas Stanford, during their childhood. Merial will be remembered as a woman whose strong personality was shaped by the adversities of her early years. Her indomitable spirit helped her to face life with a self-described "can do" attitude and to live out her last days with acceptance and grace. A private burial was held on December 5, 2012. Please sign the guest book at

Published in Daily Breeze from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2012