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Selma Mae Newton

Taylor, Michigan

Nov 9, 1934 – Aug 31, 2020 (Age 85)


November 9, 1934
August 31, 2020
Taylor, Michigan


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Howe-Peterson Funeral Home Obituary

Selma Mae Newton, of Lincoln Park, Michigan, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2020 at the age of 85.

Beloved wife of the late Joseph Lester Newton.

Loving mother of Connie Jean (David) Johnson of Aberdeen, MD, Rebecca Angela Newton of Britton, MI, and Anna Mae (Gerald) Calhoun of Portage, MI.  Selma was predeceased by four of her children: Rawleigh Lee Johnson of Yonkers, NY, Leo Johnson of Detroit, MI, Leo Connley Johnson of River Rouge, MI and Tina Marie Newton of Lincoln Park, MI.

Proud grandmother of 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.  

Selma was predeceased by her parents James Wesley and Annie Mae Shrum of Gallatin, TN; her siblings: James W. (Alice) Shrum of Gallatin, TN, Jesse J. (Dena) Shrum of Gallatin, TN, Clarence O. (Grace) Shrum of New Market, IN, and Fred W. (Janice) Shrum of Gallatin, TN; and half-siblings: Curtis W. (Carrie Rill) Shrum of Gallatin, TN, William R. (Louella) Shrum of Auburn, KY, Edward Shrum of Bethpage, TN, Erskine E. (Roberta) Shrum of Auburn, KY, and Chevie L. (Mary) Shrum of Madison, TN.

She grew up the child of farmers and continued that tradition, working with her husband, Joseph, turning half the backyard into a farm. When those vegetables were ripe you would find her at the stove canning to preserve them for future meals or as gifts to friends, family, and neighbors.

A proud mother, she loved getting the family together for big holiday gatherings. You would find her hard at work all day between two stoves and the kitchen table making fantastic dishes from scratch.

When she wasn't cooking or cleaning, you would find her sitting on the porch, drink in hand, enjoying her beautiful flowers or visiting with friends.

Family will have a private family farewell at the Taylor Chapel of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 9800 S. Telegraph Rd. followed by a private burial service at OakRidge Cemetery in Brownstown Charter Township.


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