Jean Gale Selby
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Jean Gale Selby (née Campbell) was born in 1930 in Traverse City, the only child of Jean Inglis Campbell Kasemeyer and Roy Campbell. Jean passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2018 at her home in Midland at the age of 87.

She is survived by her husband, Ted; nine of her 10 children; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The love she readily distributed among this progeny is traveling widely today.

She attended Wayne State University in Detroit, where she was effervescent and fun-loving – occasionally at the expense of her academic career to become a grade-school teacher. She met Theodore William Selby at the Newman Club of the University, and they married in 1951.

They began their family and career in the Detroit area. Jean was a dedicated homemaker, wife and mother and managed a child-filled household with great commitment. In 1964, the family moved to Midland, where Jean continued to be the bedrock for their large family, which eventually grew to 10 children. She was energetic, pragmatic, organized and steady. Yet she could also be whimsical and creative, known for creating holiday and birthday extravaganzas. Her children all remember the 25 pies at Christmas time.

She also had a strong sense of service and a vital spirituality. From her earliest years in Midland, she volunteered at St. Brigid School and Church where she eventually became a lay minister, visiting the sick and assisting as a reader at Mass. She helped to develop and run a very successful education program for those entering the church.

She was also a member of the Zonta Club of Midland, Church Women United, The American Association of University Women, the Midland Chamber of Commerce and volunteered at the MidMichigan Health Center.

While she was informed and motivated by her faith, she tended to speak sparingly about her spiritual life, preferring to "preach always and when necessary, use words."

Visitation will be at Ware-Smith Woolever Funeral Chapel on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. There will be a vigil service held at 6 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Brigid of Kildare Church, 207 Ashman St. in Midland. Father Andy Booms will officiate with interment to follow at Midland Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Brigid Catholic School or Chippewa Nature Center.

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Published in Midland Daily News on Jan. 25, 2018.
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February 7, 2018
Dear Ted,
We have been out of town and just learned of the passing of Jean. You have our love and prayers as you move on from this point. We look forward to seeing you around the community to express our thoughts on a more personal basis,

All our love and prayers, Bob and Mary Ann Dostal
January 31, 2018
Condolences to the Selby family. Hugs to you, Cindy, from your "Mississippi family"
Theresa Wilson
January 29, 2018
May God Bless the Selby family at this time. Jean Selby was one of a kind, terrific, beautiful and a great person. I will always remember her as a big part of the St. Brigid's community. Rebecca (Rudy) Baiges Columbus, Ohio
Rebecca Baiges
January 28, 2018
Ted, Shawn, and everyone -- it was with sadness I heard of Jean's passing. When I was young, I always felt so welcomed at the Selby's, and included. It always seemed to be such joyful chaos, and she was calm and in charge, and always joyful. I treasure those memories.
Teresa Romzick
January 26, 2018

You and Jean had great positive impact on our lives when we were a young married couple. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Regrettably, we are out of state and will be unable to see you.

God Bless all of you. Pat and Keena
January 26, 2018
Dear Ted, Cindy and all Selbys, I am sorry to hear of your great loss. Jean was a fine example of what a person should be. My thoughts and prayers.
Joe Black
January 25, 2018
Very sorry for your loss. I still remember her at the farmers market downtown selling her "Sell-Bee Honey", big smile on her face. Ted and Jean were the Rock of Gibraltar, supporting my parents through some rough times. God bless you all.
James Black
January 25, 2018
Dear Ted and children, especially Mark and Shawn: I was so sorry to hear of your mom's death. I have wonderful memories of time spent with her and your family at the house on M-20 and there's not a time that I don't go by the house and not think of it as the "Selby house". I am sorry that I will not be able to see you all, but I am in Florida with my parents for a couple of weeks. Please know of my thoughts and prayers especially during this time.
Mary Jo
Mary Jo Hudson
January 25, 2018
So sorry to read of Jean's passing to eternal life. May the Angels welcome her to paradise. May those same angels comfort her husband Ted and her children in the days ahead. Sincerely,
George and Sue Moeggenberg
January 25, 2018
Always will remember her smile.
Grace Romzick Benedict
January 25, 2018
Peg/Bill Conlee
January 24, 2018
I celebrate Jean and her life well lived! I am honored to call her my friend. I am excited to send her on to her mansion with many rooms but it is hard to let her go! My heart goes out to her family...
dorie curry
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