Fairport, NY: It is with great sadness that the family of Judith Selman announces her passing after a long and brave battle with lung cancer, on Sunday, August 4, at the age of 76 years. Judith was surrounded by her immediate family. Born January 22, 1943 in the Bronx, New York to Goldie and Irving Phillips, Judie grew up on Long Island and moved to upstate NY to raise her family.
Judie was a Paralegal for over 20 years, an avid reader and a wordsmith; completing the daily crossword puzzle and Jumble in ink every day. In retirement, she embraced her creative side. She was a master at crochet. Her beautiful afghans adorn all her children and grandchildren’s beds and always said being wrapped warmly in them was a hug from her. Becoming a professional artist, she taught herself to paint in watercolors and oils and was an active member of the Penfield Art Association. She truly enjoyed her Monday art group at the Perinton Recreation Center, where she made some of her closest friends. She loved to cook and loved watching people enjoy her culinary creations. While she said if you can read, you can cook, she had a true talent in the kitchen. Her coffee cake was second to none and she lovingly brought it with her on every family visit, often putting aside some extra batter to make a few cupcakes for the grandchildren. There are no words to fully capture the essence of her; but Judie was the most compassionate and generous wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She gave her time and love freely and without strings attached. She will be missed dearly.
Judie is lovingly remembered by her soulmate and husband of 43 years Richard Selman; her daughters Nancy Miller (Andrew) and Michelle Harmon (Michael), her brother Neil Phillips, step-daughters Jennifer Leeser (Mark) and Allison Burd (Jeffrey). Judie will also be fondly remembered by her 7 grandchildren; Samuel, Jacob, Jason, Rachel, Marc, Aaron, and Aden. Judie was predeceased by her brother Robert Phillips.
A celebration of Judie’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society.