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Marilyn Sue (Cain) Selvey, age 73, of Lamar, Missouri passed away April 10, 2022, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Lockwood, Missouri after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.     
Marilyn was born January 26, 1949 in Springfield, Missouri to Dr. Alvin and Trula (Theel) Cain. She was a life-long resident of Lamar where she attended all her years of school, graduating high school in 1967.  Marilyn was an honor graduate of Southwest Missouri State University, earning a Bachelor's Degree in English Education.  In 1973 she began her career as a high school English teacher, first at Golden City, followed by 30 years in Lamar High School.  After receiving a Master's Degree from Pittsburg State University, she served as the Lamar High School counselor for over ten years.
On July 22, 1973 at Lamar United Methodist Church, Marilyn married Robert Allen Selvey and they were blessed by the gift of a daughter, Kara Kristine. God and family were Marilyn's highest priorities. She was a devoted wife and mother who delighted in being Mimi to her grandchildren.  As a member of Lamar United Methodist Church, Marilyn taught Sunday School classes, served on many committees and participated in various bible study groups.  When she wasn't teaching or taking care of her family, she loved to travel.
Always active in her community, Marilyn served on the Park Board, Lamar R-1 School Board, Library Board, L.I.F.E. Board, and as president of the Barton County Humane Society.  She enjoyed the fellowship of P.E.O. Chapter EP sisters and the friendships fostered through numerous bridge clubs.  Her love of nature, flowers, birds and animals could be readily seen in her beautiful flower beds, numerous bird houses and feeders, as well as in the hospitality and care she provided for countless homeless pets through the years.  Marilyn shared her green thumb talents, time and effort with the community through her work with her fellow Master Gardeners.
Survivors include her husband, Robert, of the home; her daughter and son-in-law, Kara & Lee Eggerman of Lockwood; two sisters, Karen Simmons (Max) of Lamar and Cheryl Alderson (Ed) of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; four grandchildren, Lucas, Addison, Gage and Gavin; a nephew, Matthew Simmons (Michelle) of Lawrence, Kansas; and a niece, Sara Lovell (Zach) of Saddlebrooke, Missouri.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Lauren Beth. 
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 15th, at Lamar United Methodist Church where the family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Lake Cemetery.
Contributions are suggested and made payable to Trula Cain Dog Park or L.I.F.E Foundation in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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#14 RE: Marilyn Selvey Liz Westmoreland 2022-04-30 19:58
Mrs. Selvey! I really enjoyed being in her class at LHS. She was a terrific teacher and a lovely human being. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.
#13 Frontenac,KsSANDRA K CIGNETTI 2022-04-16 15:23
So sorry for your families lost, Robert. May she rest in peace, Bill and Sandra (Thomas) Cignetti.
#12 mid-MissouriCami Wheeler 2022-04-15 14:05
I am so sad to hear of your loss. May her memory be a blessing to her family & all those who were touched by her life.

Mrs. Selvey was one of my favorite & most influential teachers. She fostered my love of literature & introduced me to lifelong favorites like Watership Down & the novels of JRR Tolkien. She was the faculty sponsor for our Natl. Honor Society & along with Mrs. VanGilder helped my college prep by staging a mock interview panel. In addition to knowing & valuing Mrs. Selvey through her work at LHS, I also knew her through involvement with the Lamar United Methodist Church. I even had the honor & delight of being a baby sitter for Kara until I moved away from the area for school.
#11 Nixa MoPam Richter Stoelzel 2022-04-15 01:55
Mrs Selvey was a bright spot in my high school years. My favorite teacher and someone I admired so much. I think of her and her sister Karen often. I am so very sorry for your loss. She was beautiful inside and out and positively impacted so many lives. She will never be forgotten.
#10 NevadaAngela Foster Bryant 2022-04-14 15:37
I am so sorry for your loss. A wonderful woman, teacher, counselor and friend to my mom. My prayers for you.
#9 RE: Marilyn Selvey David Turner 2022-04-14 14:16
A fine lady has left this world. We extend our sympathies to her family with the knowledge that God shall wipe away all tears. David and Joan Turner
#8 LamarTabatha McCuistion 2022-04-13 18:19
So sad to hear of Marilyn's Passing. She was a huge influence in my life in High School and even after. Always remembered me and asked about my family. She was such a role model for me in school and I have to said was a big part of who I am today. I loved her greatly and she will be missed. My heart goes out to her family, students, and friends. Prayers for you all.
#7 Liberal, MOPam Myers 2022-04-13 15:22
So sorry Robert and family for your loss Marilyn touched the heart of many people
#6 Lake Ozark, MissouriJim/Cheryl Fanning 2022-04-13 13:59
Marilyn was a very special classmate. We have Rob and family in our prayers.
#5 Lamar MOJulie Marti Miller 2022-04-13 03:13
A remarkable lady left any amazing mark on this earth. She was more of deserving of the streets of golf and dancing in the arms of our creator. My thoughts and prayers are with you Robert, Kara, and Karen, and your families! She loved you all so much!

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