Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


April 7, 2014

Mable Lelah Selke, 95

Mable Lelah Selke, 95, Batesville, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Aspen Place Health Campus, Greensburg. 

She was born to Joseph Henry Larrison and Jenny Amilia (Woods) Larrison March 15, 1919, in Decatur County. She married Melvin Herman Selke Feb. 24, 1938, in Adams Lutheran Church, Batesville.

Lelah (as she was known to most) and Melvin lived on their farm at the edge of Batesville for 66 years and four months before he passed away June 11, 2004, at the age of 87. She continued to live there until March 2013. There, together, they raised three sons.

Lelah was baptized in the First Christian Church when she was 12 years old and later became a member of Adams Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Batesville 348 for over 50 years as she filled stations for each point of the star. Lelah was a life member of the Ancient Order of Rosicrucians, completing all 12 degrees and continuing on with the higher work of this international order. She was then initiated into the Martinist Order, which is affiliated with Rosicrucian Order (AMORC). In 1972, she became a member of Astara, passing through all eight degrees and continued her work in this esoteric and metaphysical body. She was a member of the 700 Club and CBN and supported their work faithfully. 

Lelah is survived by her three sons, Melvin Eugene (Colleen), Robert Earl and Donald Lee (Jane) Selke, along with her six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harold and sister Martha Louise. 

Visitation is Wednesday, April 9, from 5-8 p.m., and funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Meyers Funeral Home, 1150 State Road 46 E., Batesville, with the Rev. Roger Tornes officiating. Burial will follow at Rossburg Cemetery, New Point.

Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

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