Elsie R. Selby, 86, of Jasper, passed away at 6:10 a.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper after months of deteriorating health.
Elsie was born in Jasper on September 3, 1931, to Frank and Theresa (Braunecker) Mehling. She married Melvin Eugene “Gene” Selby on Dec. 29, 1953, in St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Petersburg, Indiana. He preceded her in death on June 19, 1991.
She was a graduate of Jasper High School. Elsie previously worked at Jasper Wood Products before marrying her husband. She opened Ye Ole Meat Shop, a meat market/grocery store with her brother, Robert “Bobby” Mehling in Petersburg in the mid-1980s. She worked there and at Clements Grocery Store until she moved back to Jasper in 1993 when she went to work at Big Lots in Jasper until her retirement in 2010. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.
She loved St. Louis Cardinal and Chicago Cubs baseball and I.U. basketball. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren, helping others by driving friends to appointments, the grocery store, bingo, and church. She also liked spending time with her daughter’s puppy, Dakota.
Surviving are one daughter, Tina Gross (Eric) of Jasper; one brother, Ralph Mehling (Frieda) of Jasper; four grandchildren, Megan Rice (Shad), Anthony Wheatley, and fiancé, Amanda Jesse, Heather Blunk (Dylan), and Jordan Wheatley; five great grandchildren, Carter Wheatley, Shaydan, and Keegan Rice, Bentley and Breighlee Wheatley, several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death besides her husband is one brother, Robert Mehling.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, IN with burial to follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Petersburg, IN.
A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Monday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or to a favorite charity.