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Susan Selvey

Susan Kaye Selvey (Selvey)

Sunday, December 9th, 1951 - Sunday, January 19th, 2020
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Susan Kaye Selvey, 68, of Scottsbluff, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Monument Rehabilitation and Care Center in Scottsbluff. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. Her memorial service will be held at 2pm on February 1, 2020 at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Mark Selvey officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Susan’s honor may be made in care of the Panhandle Humane Society or Doves. Online condolences may be made by viewing Susan’s memorial page at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff is entrusted with arrangements.

Susan Kaye Selvey was born on December 9, 1951 at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Richard and Janet Selvey. The oldest of two siblings, she attended grade schools in Council Bluffs, Columbus, and Grand Island, middle school at Nathan Hale and senior high at Benson in Omaha, Nebraska, where she played in the orchestra, acted and worked in theatre productions, and marched with the band as the fabled Benson Bunny mascot. After high school she attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she majored in Communications and Theatre, and from there UMKC in Kansas City, graduating in 1981 with a Masters of Fine Arts. She then joined the Actor’s Equity Association, AFTRA, and SAG, and began her career in acting in Chicago, Illinois. She worked in many cities, venues and media. Her best-known roles were Mrs. Fezziwig in the annual production of A Christmas Carol in Kansas City, and Mother Superior in Nunsense. She also starred in a series of humorous cards sold by Hallmark. While acting was her first love, she also taught acting as Director of Theatre at St. Andrew’s Sewanee Prep School in Sewanee, TN, a position she left only when her mother became ill and Sue returned to Nebraska to help with the family restaurant business and care for her mom. While in Omaha, she had many roles at the Firehouse Dinner Theatre.

In 1993 she moved to Scottsbluff to join family and worked as Director of the West Nebraska Arts Center. She formed Foothill Children’s Theatre and wrote and directed many children’s plays and taught children and adults alike the craft of acting. Many young adults in the area today remember Sue as a kind, funny and accepting teacher and friend, who gave everyone the chance to belong. Sue loved to act. Even as her health made walking and moving more difficult, she found ways and places to use her gifts and share her talents. One of her greatest joys was a series of Greater Tuna play productions which she did with her dear friend Bill Groth.

Susan was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt, teacher, and friend. She was preceded in death by parents Janet and Richard Selvey, and is survived by brother and sister-in-law Mark and Jill Selvey, nieces and nephews Amanda (Rob) Abrisch, Miranda Shaft, Lia, James, and Forrest Selvey; grand-nephews Graham and Max Abrisch, closest friend Pati McLellan, and friends and former students too numerous to mention.
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    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 2:00pm
    St. Francis Episcopal Church
    14 E 20th Street
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    Father Mark Selvey


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Janet Jobes

Posted at 12:57pm
Dear Father Mark and family,
I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to each of you. I did not know Susan yet wish I had had the opportunity at some time. May your many fond memories live in your hearts always.

With sympathy,

Janet Jobes
Waverly, NE

Ruth Kozal

Posted at 01:33am
Susan, thank you for sharing your talents for many years with the Scottsbluff Gering communities. We were fortunate to get to know you in 1999 when you wrote (and rewrote and rewrote the centennial play). You taught our son and so many others the art of projecting and the basics of acting on stage. You showed them the values of camaraderie and teamwork.
Gifts are only gifts if you share them. And Susan, you were so gifted! Thank you. You made a difference despite your obstacles.
- Ruth, Jim, and Joe Kozal

Joan Eigenberg

Posted at 11:58am
Susan was a very, very dear friend, of many talents. Susan and I belonged to a small prayer group, affectionately known as Dear Sisters. Until a few years ago, we met weekly. I learned several devotional practices from Susan that I continue to practice daily. Despite her health challenges, and some difficult situations, Susan remained cheerful, happy, witty, and a devout Christian. Her talents will remain with all of us who knew and loved her! Rest In Peace dear sister! 💕

Alexandria Hadden

Posted at 10:49am
I was blessed to have Susan as my theater teacher and play director at St. Andrews-Sewanee Episcopal School during my late teenage years. Her guidance and spirit were priceless. We reconnected on social media many years later, and I was honored that she remembered me. Susan left a lovely lasting mark on so many hearts. May her memory be a comfort to her family and friends.

Bruce and Donna Bennett

Posted at 11:36pm
Dear Pastor Mark and family,
I don't think I had the opportunity to meet your sister, but have definitely seen that familiar sparkle in her eyes and precious grin on your own face. May you find strength in the loving memories you hold in your heart. Jesus made a promise that we will all be reunited in Heaven and what a glorious day that will be.
Friends always,
Bruce and Donna (Sterkel) Bennett
(Tiara's mom)
Kyle, TX

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