Florence E. Selinger
1924 - 2020

MURPHYSBORO -- Florence E. Selinger, 96, passed away Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at Heritage Health in Springfield, Illinois.

Florence was born, Oct. 2, 1924, in Murphysboro, the third daughter of Charles Reiman and Donna (Brown) Reiman.

She married Arthur E. Flatt in August 1946 on their way to his job with Phil-Tex Oil Co., in Oklahoma following his release from service with USAF during World War II. They moved back to Murphysboro, late 1947 just before the birth of their first daughter, Arkie Lea (Flatt) Burris. Their second daughter LaDonna (Flatt) Wallace followed early 1949.

Florence worked at the A&P Store in Murphysboro and then moved to New City, in 1957 where she continued working at the A&P Store on So. Grand Ave., Springfield. Later on she worked at Fiat-Allis, and final job was at Shop N Save, Springfield.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s she and her family enjoyed pony racing at many county fairs in Southern Illinois and later thoroughbred horse racing at Cahokia and Fairmount race tracks. She and her family later attended western horse shows throughout the Central Illinois area. Florence was also a member of ISSHA (IL State Stock Horse Association) and for many years attended their yearly 100-mile trail rides.

She and Arthur divorced December 1962 and she married Henry W. Selinger in 1963, but divorced in 1964.

Prior to and after retirement, she thoroughly enjoyed Bingo at Caritas Bingo Hall in Springfield and gained many friends there.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy Mae and Lyle Bishop Attig, Betty Jean and Clark Kirkpatrick, Ida Charlene and Donald Ray Castleberry; nephews, Charles East Castleberry and Leland Edward Attig.

She is survived by daughters, Arkie Lea Burris and LaDonna Wallace, both of Springfield; grandchildren, Toni Leigh (Tom) Keller, Alton, Jason Edward (Annette) Burris, Fredericksburg, Virginia, Tawne Evelyn (Terry) Arundale, Litchfield, Donald Paul Golden, Fairview Heights, Carianne (Terry) Rochford, Springfield; great-grandchildren, Devan K. Burris, Las Vegas, Nevada, SPC E4 Joseph D. Burris (IL Army Natl. Guard), SPC E4 Cooper J. Hutchison (Army Reservist Military Police), Carson J. Hutchison, William A. Golden; and nieces Gwena (Malloy) Bramlett, Elizabeth Spicer, both of Murphysboro, and nephews Charles (Ruthelma) Attig, Murphysboro, Rick (Stephanie) Attig, Lawrence, Kansas, Joe (Heidi) Castleberry, Carbondale, William (Tanya) Castleberry, Murphysboro and John (Joann) Kirkpatrick, St. Louis, Missouri.

Cremation rites were accorded by Bisch and Son Funeral Home, Springfield. A private family service will be conducted and inurnment will take place at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Murphysboro, with assistance from Crain Funeral Home, Murphysboro.

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Published by The Southern Illinoisan on Nov. 14, 2020.
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Arkie and Laconia, I am sorry to hear of Florence's passing. She was always so pleasant to me and eager to explain to me about horses. She will be missed...Godspeed Florence
Beckie Chastain-Spencer
Beckie Chastain-Spencer
October 31, 2020