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Frances Wilma Selin

June 6, 1922 ~ August 7, 2018 (age 96)

Frances Wilma Selin, age 96, of Lakewood, CO, formerly of Viroqua, WI, died Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lafayette, CO. She was born June 6, 1922 to Ole and Regina (Nelson) Brothen, Westby, WI. At the age of 4 and after the death of their mother, she and her sister, Helen, were cared for by their uncles Norman and Albert Nelson. On November 22, 1941 she married Maylon Selin at Iowa City, IA. Together they raised a family on a mink ranch in rural Vernon County. She was employed as an addressograph operator for Vernon County from 1967 to 1985.

Frances is survived by one son, Milo (Carla) Selin; three daughters, Rita (Roger) Elver, Mary Hornsby and Pamela (Robert) Davig; seven grandchildren, Robert Selin, Brett Elver, Nicole (David) Thompson, Todd Hornsby, Tyler (Lisa) Hornsby, Troy (Erin) Davig and Heather (Jason) Deigert; nine great grandchildren, Simon Elver, Natalie Elver, Ty Elver, Brady Thompson, Gordon Davig, Granger Davig, Gracie Davig, Hattie Deigert and Harper Deigert. She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Peggy Selin, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maylon; four sisters, Ruth (Borge) Selin, Alice (Jack) Ingham, Grace (Clarence) Hanson, Helen (Harry) Christianson; three brothers, Thurman (Leilah) Brothen, Arnold (Ruth) Brothen and Harley (Helen) Brothen.

She enjoyed traveling to new places and spending time with family. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver’s first church built in 1887. The last seven years she lived in the Denver Metro area and one of her favorite pastimes was to ride through the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter, 455 Sherman Street #500, Denver, CO  80203 or Alzheimer’s Association, 1523 Rose Street #8, La Crosse, WI  54603.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 8, 11:00 AM at Thorson Funeral Home, Viroqua, WI. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 10:00  AM. Online condolences may be made at Thorson Funeral Home and Cremation ( or Darrell Howe Mortuary (


            The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua, WI and the Darrell Howe Mortuary of Lafayette, CO are assisting the family.

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