Obituary of Shirley Mae Selvidge
Age 89, of Genesee, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. A funeral service will take place at 11:30 am, on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at Mt. Morris Community Church. Pastor Aaron Burton to officiate. Shirley’s family will be present to receive friends at the church on Monday from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, Shirley’s family asks that memorial contributions be directed to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Shirley’s tribute wall at martinfuneralhome.com.
Shirley was born in Burton, on May 10, 1934, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd and Bina (Reed) Deacons. Educated locally, Shirley attended Atherton High School and graduated with the Class of 1952. On June 6, 1954, she married her beloved husband, William Selvidge. Sadly, he preceded her in death in 1998. On October 4, 2013, Shirley was united in marriage to Edward Simmonds. Sadly, he preceded her in death on January 4, 2015. Shirley was an active member of the Mt. Morris Community Church for many years. She enjoyed meeting with the ladies of the church for Bible Studies and spending time with them. They were like sisters to her. She had a special friend at church that she enjoyed taking out to lunch and spending time with as well. Shirley was an accomplished seamstress and made many items such as Halloween costumes, drapes, and clothing. She loved to paint on canvas and has many beautiful pieces in her home. Shirley was very active and enjoyed the outside, working in her yard and garden as well as riding her bike. In the summer months, Shirley spent her time in the Upper Peninsula at her family cabin in Curtis. She had several friends in the UP that she enjoyed spending time with every summer. In many ways, Shirley had a caretaker’s heart and thrived on caring for others. Not only did she care for her husbands when they were ill, but she also cared for her mother-in-law, parents, and anyone else who needed help. She often visited many sick and elderly people as well. She was always thinking of others. Shirley was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-great-grandmother and will be greatly missed.
Shirley’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the loving and caring staff at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.
Left to cherish Shirley's memory are her children: Paul Selvidge, Susan Swosinski, and Gayle and husband, Mark Heggan; grandchildren: Holly (Joseph), Shannon (Tom), Tanya (Brent), Brent (Laurie), Joseph (Jessi), Kyle, Elizabeth (Alex), Emily (David); 15 great-grandchildren: one great-great-grandchild;
Shirley was preceded in death by her husbands: William and Edward; and her sister, Betty Michalka.