Memorial services for Selma Marie Southard, 57, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at Mustard Seed Church. Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. She died November 12, 2010 at the University of Kansas Hospital.
She was born March 8, 1953 the daughter of Theodore and Minnie Jane (Coleman) Brown.
She worked as the Director for Douglas County Communications for 36 years. She was a member of First Regular Missionary Baptist Church.
She married Arvie Winston Southard, Jr., on June 17, 1972 in Lawrence, Kansas. He preceded her in death on January 8, 2009.
Survivors include one son, Christopher of Lawrence; her mother, Minnie “Jane” Lewis of Lawrence; two sisters, Cheryl Brown of Lawrence; Belinda Brown of Richmond, Virginia and one brother, Marty Brown of El Cajon, CA, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Lupus Foundation –Kansas Chapter and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
We wish to express our sincere condolences to all of Selma’s family and co-workers. I had the opportunity to know Selma through her job with the Douglas County Emergency Communication’s Center. She was a joy to know and work with. I personally and all of the Sheriff / 9-1-1 Staff want you to know our prayers our with you while we all grieve. God Bless Selma.
Brad Gilges, 9-1-1 Director
Jeff Curry, Sheriff
I knew Selma briefly through her son Chris. i wish to send my deepest condolences to him and his family. She was very kind and generous and a joy to talk with. I can be reached at the above e-mail if Chris wishes.
Please accept our deepest sympathy. If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to call us. Love – Doris Lewis, Sheryl Cherry, and Phyllis Craig.
Mrs. Lewis, Christopher, Cheryl, Belinda & Marty,
I was so shocked and saddened to learn of Selma’s death. I can’t begin to speak to your loss; I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless and keep you all. Rozanna Davis
From friends at Sumner County Emergency Communications; our deepest sympathies to the family, and the 9-1-1 family of Selma. She will be missed, but not forgotten.
My deepest sympathy to Selma’s family, to her 9-1-1 family.
I have the utmost respect for her both as a person and as a professional. I enjoyed knowing her over the years through work.
My thoughts & prayers are with all of you.
Cathy Hernandez, Coordinator
Finney County Emergency Management
(formerly with Garden City Police Department)
So very sorry to learn of your loss. Selma was one of my favorite people. She was at LPD while I was in dispatch at KU (’79-’91). What a dear person who is no doubt cheerfully serving the Lord as I write this. You are in my prayers.