Lelabell D. Selix, age 84, of St. Cloud died February 27, 2021 at St. Benedict’s Community in St. Cloud. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM Friday, March 5th at Strike Life Tributes in Isanti with a visitation one hour prior. Burial will be in East Bradford Cemetery. The service will be livestreamed.
Lelabell “Lee” Selix was born September 13, 1936 in Williston, North Dakota to Cecil and Mildred (Brothers) Lester. She was raised in North Dakota. When she was a teenager, Lee’s family moved to Glenwood, Minnesota and that is where she met the future love of her life and husband, John Selix Jr.
Lee and John fell in love while writing letters to each other during John’s military service. When he returned, their courtship continued, and they were married on Christmas Eve in 1955. Then, they made their home in St. Paul, Minnesota. After retirement, Lee and John moved to Monticello, Minnesota, where she has stayed for the past 16 years. Lee worked as a Home Maker, Day Care Provider, and Lead Inspector in Manufacturing. Working for many years in the same facility as John, she loved that she could tell her husband to “shut down” his machine until he made good parts.
Lee was completely devoted to her husband, her children, her daycare children, and grandchildren. Her siblings were some of her closest friends. She was very proud of her brother, Cecil’s work in theatre and loved going for joy rides to get Perkins blueberry pancakes with her sister, Irma. Spending time talking, laughing, and making memories with family were the greatest joys of her life.
Lee’s hobbies included boat rides at sunset with John, fishing, camping, and archery. She was absolutely devoted to making sure that all children in her sphere laughed, learned, and felt loved. She was also deeply grateful for the love of her family and extended family. When she met her mother-in-law, Elvera Selix, they developed a life-long bond. In their early years, Lee was a proud care giver and close friend to John’s younger siblings, Audrey, Melvin, and Joice.
Lee also had a great love for dogs. In addition to being her faithful companions, Lee trained her dogs over the years to help with her daycare, serving as emotional support animals, nursemaids, and careful guards for the children in her care.
The family has heartfelt thanks to the staff at St. Benedicts Senior Care facility. They kept Lee smiling and created the environment where her “spunky” and “sassy” personality could continue to shine.
Lee is survived by her children, John (Gloria) Selix, Sally (Mark) Pearson, Brian (Nancy) Selix, and Linda (Rich) Hansen; 10 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, two siblings, Cecil Lester and Irma (Grant) Hauser; and other relatives and friends.