Selma Mary (Copeland) Hart was born in Pennsylvania July 21, 1927. She was the last child and daughter born to Thomas and Martha Copeland. Selma married Walter L. Hart on May 24, 1947. They had three children (Beth, Larry & Marti). She is survived by her sister Martha, her three children, her six grandchildren (Ami, Holly, Paulette, Jenna Kellan and John), and her eight great-grandchildren ( Alyssa, Sierra Gage, Gavin, Jeremy, Danika and Cheyenne).
Selma attended Frankford High School in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1944. After she and Walt were married, they were members of the Feasterville Baptist Church and active with family and friends until health concerns for Walt brought them to Arizona permanently in 1959. They resided in Phoenix and Glendale until 1982. They moved to Chino Valley, Arizona for 12 years and then on to Wickenburg where Selma resided until 2011. Selma and Walt were very involved at Bethany Bible Church for over 25 years, as well as churches in Chino Valley and Wickenburg. She loved working with the elementary kids programs. She has made hundreds of knitted caps and book bags for the Indian Children's Group that her Wickenburg Church supported. Selma and Walter were strong believers in prayer and financial support for many missionary families over the last 50 years. Selma was an effective Proverbs 31 woman taking care of not just her husband and family, but those in need around her...family, friends, and neighbors. After Walt's death in 1999, Selma's strong independent nature came out again and she began to travel and volunteer each year at Jaars, Children's Evangelism facility and Wycliff Bible Translators. She would stay four to eight weeks each ministry giving her time and assisting with the administrative services. She loved being involved and doing God's work. She traveled to Canada to reconnect with friend she had made at Jaars, as well as traveling to visit family and friends out of state. Selma did not like sitting around much! She spent the last 5 years a Glencroft Care Center, again loving her neighbors, very involved in her little community. She led a Bible Study and prayer time. She volunteered at various areas of Glencroft, she took craft classes and enjoyed the resident Church. She loved her friends and neighbors there, touched many residents and staff with her love, attitude and her door again was always open. She had a "SPARK" as one friend stated and was known for her love of games and strong competitive spirit! Selma was known to her children, her friends and family as the PRAYER WARRIOR of the family. She may have been small in stature, but she was LARGE in her FAITH in God... sharing His love and leading others to Christ. Everyone knew and felt her prayers, love, concern and support over the years. Her nickname "Lil Selma" was catchy for her height only. Her character, personality, spirit and passion for life were MUCH much larger!!! Selma will be remembered for her "SPARK", love for all her children, her grandkids and great-grandkids as well as those kids to whom she became the "adopted grama" to thru out the years. We'll remember her independent streak, her enormous love for God and sharing the Gospel. She is waiting for all of us in Heaven and will be truly missed here until we see her again in Glory!
A Celebration of Selma's Life will be held on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Glencroft Care Center Auditorium 8611 N. 67th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85302.