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Marsha Kay Selle

July 8, 1949 — February 12, 2024


Marsha Kay Selle

Marsha LaBrie Selle, a beloved wife, mother, teacher and artist passed away on February 12, 2024, after bravely battling Alzheimer's disease. She was born on July 8, 1949, in Doland, South Dakota, to loving parents Barbara and Aaron LaBrie. Some of Marsha's fondest memories were spent on their family farm with her seven siblings. As a child, Marsha learned how to crochet, decorate elaborate wedding cakes, and sew. She was active in 4H, high school clubs and was a majorette.

Marsha attended Doland High School, where she excelled academically and graduated in 1967. She pursued her love for art at Northern State University, graduating in 1971 with a degree in Secondary Art Education. It was during her time teaching at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that she crossed paths with the love of her life, Greg Selle. They married on December 29, 1973, and embarked on a journey of love, partnership, and family.

While Marsha initially took on the role of a stay-at-home mother. She poured her heart into nurturing her three daughters, Erin, Laura, and Jill, engaging them in countless creative projects. She also enjoyed watching her daughters, family members and grandchildren compete in athletics/activities over the years.

In 1984, Marsha's talent and grace shone brightly as she won the Mrs. South Dakota pageant, also earning the best costume award at the Mrs. America pageant. Her artistic prowess extended beyond the classroom with numerous charcoal drawings and acrylic paintings adorning the walls of churches, homes, and hearts of those she touched.

After raising her three daughters, Marsha returned to the classroom, where she taught Art at Axtell Park Junior High and Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls. She continued to pursue excellence in her career, earning a master’s degree from SDSU.

Outside of her professional life, Marsha found joy in spending time with her husband, Greg, particularly during their winters in warm climates after retirement. She enjoyed playing tennis and sharing her love of painting with others. She was dedicated to her six grandchildren who brought her immense joy and happiness.

A devout Catholic, Marsha dedicated her time and talents to serving her community, volunteering selflessly whenever there was a need. Her faith was a guiding light throughout her life, providing her with strength and comfort during difficult times.

In 2023, Marsha and Greg relocated to Minnesota after spending seven fulfilling years in Arizona. Despite the challenges of Alzheimer's disease, Marsha's spirit remained resilient, and her legacy of love and creativity continued to inspire those around her. She will be deeply missed.

Marsha is survived by her husband Greg, daughters Erin (Selle) von Holdt, Troy von Holdt, Laura (Selle) Virtucio, Victor Paul Virtucio, Jill (Selle) Kragthorpe and Adam Kragthorpe. Her six grandchildren; Connor von Holdt, Paige von Holdt, Victor Silas Selle Virtucio, James Kragthorpe, Kane Kragthorpe and Theo Kragthorpe.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Aaron and Barbara LaBrie and beloved brother Lonnie LaBrie.

A private ceremony is planned for immediate family. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Marsha’s name.

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