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Woodward County Obituary
Elmwood Cemetery

Zwanziger Funeral Home
Date unknown
Reprinted with permission
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre


CHERYL LEAH SELMAN

20 Jul 1945 - 11 Apr 2000

Services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Woodward under the direction of Zwanziger Funeral Home of Woodward.

Longtime Tulsa Public Schools lobbyist Cheryl Selman died Tuesday morning from heart failure. She was 54.

A lobbyist with the district since the mid-1980s, Selman suffered from kidney disease the last few months of her life. She lived in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

"We're all devastated by this," said Jo Pettigrew, the executive director of the Oklahoma United Suburban Schools Association. ''We saw the pain she was in these last few months.''

Selman had been a teacher in Tulsa Public Schools. She became a lobbyist for the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association before lobbying for the district. Over the last 15 years, Selman was an instrumental force in important education legislation, including House Bill 1017 in 1990.

''She was extremely dedicated and had that fine quality of being dedicated without being a fanatic,'' Tulsa schools spokesman John Hamill said. ''I don't think I ever saw her without a smile on her face, unless she was talking about educational issues and we were getting the short end. Then her eyes would narrow and her brows would knit.''


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