Mrs. Selah Sanders Jessup, age 89, passed away on December 26, 2012, due to complications with pneumonia. Selah was born July 24, 1923 in Hawkinsville, Georgia to Gladys and Samuel Sanders. Selah graduated from Eastman, Georgia High School in 1941. She attended Nursing School in Atlanta, Georgia. While in Atlanta, Selah and Milton Jessup, also from Eastman, Georgia, were married. Selah worked as a registered nurse in Atlanta until Milton graduated from Georgia Tech, subsequently moving to Birmingham, Alabama. In Birmingham, Selah worked as an RN at Baptist Montclair Hospital for 25 years, raising three children as well. She and Milton were married for 63 years until Milton's passing in 2010. Selah then resided at the The Village Assisted Living Home for two years. Selah enjoyed reading, collecting over 3000 novels. She loved working crossword puzzles and playing scrabble to keep her mind alert. She was an avid bowler for many years and enjoyed her weekly bowling team competitions. Some of her happiest moments were spent at the beach with her family. Selah was a member of the First Baptist Church Birmingham. Selah will be remembered with love by her family and friends. She is survived by her son, Mayor (of Riverside, AL) Michael "Rusty" Jessup (Sandra); her daughter, Julie Welch (Scott); her son, Francis M. "Buddy" Jessup, III (Susan); her grandchildren, Daniel Welch, Joshua Welch (Bethany), Owens Jessup, Francis M. "Rusty" Jessup, IV, and Kate Jessup; her great-grandchild, Harper Welch, and many nieces and nephews. Her husband, Dr. Francis M. Jessup, Jr., her parents, and her brother, Thomas Sanders preceded her in death. A graveside service will be held in Eastman, Georgia on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm Est. officiated by Stokes- Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman with initial arrangements by Kilgroe Funeral Home of Pell City. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be sent to The Riverside Relief Fund (helping those with special needs), PO Box 130, Riverside, AL 35135. The Jessup family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and caring during this time. They rejoice in the fact that their mother is at peace, well and happy with her Savior in Heaven.
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Published in The Daily Home on Dec. 28, 2012