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Judith Ann Selph

May 31, 1954 ~ May 28, 2021 (age 66) 66 Years Old


Judith Ann Selph passed away on May 28, 2021. She was almost 67. Her parents were Yvonne Lea (Vetro) and Billy Ray Selph.

Jude was a California girl through and through, born in San Francisco, CA. Her mother’s Portuguese family and relatives were large in her life. She was raised by her maternal grandmother after her mom was killed in a single car accident when she was six. Her two younger siblings Steven Ray and Theresa Lynn, only toddlers, were taken in by an uncle. She attended parochial school graduating with the intention of pursuing a teaching degree. Starting with the phone company as an operator, she married and began working her way up through AT&T or ‘Ma Bell’ as it was known then as an installer and trouble shooter in the field after being among one of the first females completing pole climbing school. She went on to manage a crew and then a white collar position during the divestiture into the ‘baby’ Bells.

She made a nice home for her family, now including two young children, installing a pool on the property in Merced. Her kids were important to her; she took them on travel assignments, arraigning day care. She always made birthdays and holidays special.

In the early ‘80’s she and her children moved to the Northwest working for a cable company then automotive sales before she found her niche in real estate teaming up with Daryl Zanck in a successful agent partnership in Spokane, WA. Scott Stanley and Jude met in Spokane, buying a house together while her children attended parochial schools, which was a priority for her.

Looking for new opportunities and smaller town living Jude and Scott moved to Wenatchee, WA in the early ‘90’s. She eventually found another niche in Princess House in-home sales and as a manager earning trips to conventions in Las Vegas, New Orleans and San Antonio; a week long Mediterranean cruise, a trip to Hawaii, a cruise in the Caribbean and a Christmas trip to Rome.

In order to be closer to at least one of her children’s family, she and Scott moved to Elizabethtown, KY. They bought and renovated a home on property with a barn and pasture building almost a mile of trails in the wooded portions.

Jude was a dark-haired, tall, slender woman with a bright positive personality who made and kept many friends and friendships. She was always willing to take on a challenge and figure out how to get something done whether at work or in her personal life. She made several houses homes, knitted innumerable afghans and baby blankets, built 12 trails on her property and backpacked to the top of the Cascades among other things. Her family was treated with traditional and signature dishes and baked goods. She highly valued her extended family though
she lost many before her death including her godparents and sister, and her Shih Tzu, Brindle, of ten years.

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