Gloria Sue Selman, 95, of Amarillo, TX died Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
Services were private. Arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount.
Gloria was born May 9, 1927, in Hamilton, TX, grew up in Gustine, TX and later
moved to Amarillo, TX. She left Amarillo to attend Texas Tech University. Gloria graduated from Texas Tech University where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She graduated as a Chemical Engineer. Notably, she was in the class of the first women chemical engineers at Texas Tech University.
She met and married Joe Rue Selman on August 25, 1950, in Odessa, TX. He preceded her in death on August 3, 1980.
Gloria worked for Phillips Petroleum in Odessa, TX until 1955, when she left and raised her children. She taught Chemistry and Physics at Ector High School in Odessa, TX. The family later moved to Marble Falls, TX where she continued to teach Chemistry and Physics as well as Geology until she retired from teaching in 1987.
She was an avid reader and loved to travel and play bridge.
Gloria was a member of Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo, TX.
Also preceding her in death are her parents, Hiram Gaines Livingston, and Aunee Watson Livingston; and two sisters, Jane Myers, and Jo Beth Livingston.
Survivors include her children, Candace Selman Norris and husband David Norris, and John Kirklin Selman and wife Linda Selman; grandchildren, Andrea Fluhman, Ryan Ricca, Samantha Selman, Max Selman, Keith Kohr, and Danielle Kohr; and great-grandchildren, Bennett Selman, Berklee Fluhman, Dakota Fluhman, Madilyn Kohr, and Leon Bongioanni.
5 Replies to “Gloria Sue Selman”
When Mrs. & Mr. Selman moved to Marble Falls, I had the fortunate of being one of the first students in Mrs. Selman’s Chemistry and Physics classes. I loved Mrs. Selman for my teacher and I put her in a small group of my absolute favorite teachers along with Joyce Smith, Mrs. Phillips and Coach Barber. My Physics class was made up only 5 of us guys (Jace Jansen, Kieth Philpott, Tony Mathews and Francis Jette). We all enjoyed going to her class because in addition to learning so much, we also had a great time. We’d play little pranks but nothing really harmful. Once we put Tony Mathews in the ventilation evacuation chamber while Mrs. Selman was out of the room. When she returned she wandered where Tony was but finally saw him sitting in the chamber. It was all she could do to keep from giggling while she scolded us. As a result of this and some of the other little pranks, she jokenly named us her “Filthy Five”. During my career, I had the opportunity to utilize much of what I learned in both her Chemistry and Physics classes. I’ve kept in touch with Mrs. Selman through her facebook page and sent her notes periodically. I loved her and I know she will be missed by all.
Sue was a special friend, colleague, and bridge buddy. We were in the Martha Class together at FBC—Marble Falls. Her sweet spirit, quick wit, intellect, and genuine compassion made her very special to so many.
So sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs. Selman was my most favorite chemistry teacher, EVER. She just had a “way” with us high school students. She was a wonderful teacher.
So sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom. I have many fond memories of Sue. She was such a respected teacher by her students and colleagues. And she had such a great sense of humor. Prayers for all of your family. Sincerely, Joyce Smith
It was my pleasure and extreme advantage to know & love my friend Sue.