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Martha J. Selleck

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Martha J. Selleck Obituary
January 13, 1921 - February 19, 2017 On the morning of Feb. 19, 2017, Martha passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 96. Martha was surrounded by loving family in Oak Park, CA. Martha was born, Martha Jean Jagger, on Jan. 13, 1921, in Barnesboro, Pennsylvania. She had a twin sister, Margaret Ann, and was the last survivor of her eight brothers and sisters. She was married for nearly 60 years to Robert "Bob" Selleck from 1941, until his death, in March of 2001. After being raised in Detroit, Martha and Bob moved to Sherman Oaks, CA, where they raised their four children. Martha was an extremely loving and caring woman who will be remembered for her grace and charm. She was first and foremost a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother-one to lead by example. She was her children's role model on how to successfully blend dedication to family, while also serving others. She lived a full and eventful life, a blessing to family and friends. Martha established a tradition of "family first," as a proud mother of Robert "Bob" Selleck II, Thomas "Tom" Selleck, Martha "Marti" Ketchum and Daniel "Dan" Selleck. From everyday rituals, like her famous brown bag lunches, to Sunday family dinners, she made sure that her family knew that they were important and special to her. Holidays were even more special, celebrated with delicious home-cooked meals, including her traditional turkey dinner and all the fixings, of course. "Love, understanding, and discipline," Martha said when asked her formula for parenting. Although all of the children were closely supervised, they were also encouraged to make independent decisions--even wrong ones, but not if they were too dangerous. As their "Mimi," Martha loved her 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. They have fond memories of their overnight stays, playing baseball, feeding goldfish, swimming, playing card games, and helping her prepare her famous meals in the kitchen. Not only do they cherish the memories of the activities, but they also are grateful for her life lessons, learning how to treat others with kindness and compassion. Aside from devoting herself to her family, Martha found time to give back to the community. She served as president of the Motion Picture Mothers association for 19 years. In recognition of her support, she and her husband were honored to receive the Golden Hands Award from the Boys and Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley and the Premier Parents Award from the March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation. Perhaps most fitting from her children's perspective, she was honored by the American Mothers Organization for her community support while preserving her role as a mother by naming her California Mother of the Year. Martha and her husband were longtime members of the Congregational Church of the Chimes located in Sherman Oaks. Both were also active supporters of Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, and participated in the launch of its state-of-the-art Blood Diagnosis Lab, which bears their name, in honor of their contributions and support. While Martha will be missed, her legacy lives on with those who feel privileged to have been part of her life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Motion Picture & TV Fund Foundation, Attn: Monica Mapes - Honoring Martha Selleck, 23388 Mulholland Drive #220, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 16 to Mar. 19, 2017
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