Betty Ruth Selman
Betty Selman, 97 year old Freedom area resident, died Monday, November 11, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, November 14, 2019 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

Betty Ruth (Hinton) Selman was born on February 11, 1922 near Freedom, Oklahoma; she was the daughter of John David and Ruth (Walker) Hinton. She was united in marriage to James Lynn Selman, they were blessed with two children, Bill Selman; and Cheryl (Selman) Bensinger. Betty taught school in Freedom for a few years and participated in the designing of the new school in Freedom.

She leaves a legacy of caring, she was a caretaker to her mother, her son Bill, who became ill due to diabetes, and sister Barbara, who suffered from Alzheimers for many years.

She was a member of the Oklahoma Cattlewomen's Association, president of the Cowbells, and participated the Beef Check Off program.

Betty was a member of the First Christian Church. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, PEO, and a Gamma member.

Her most significant accomplishment was the establishment of the Selman Bat Caves with the help of her daughter Cheryl. The site was part of the historic Selman Ranch, homesteaded in the early 1900's. Betty donated 320 acres and several caves to the University of Central Oklahoma. The Selman Cave system is one of the largest gypsum caves in Oklahoma, and supports five species of bats. It has developed into an outstanding conservation education tool. Betty was truly a giving person she gave of her time, she gave momentarily, she gave her love, not only to her family but to anyone in need.

Betty is survived by her grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son; daughter and siblings.

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Published on November 12, 2019


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Jason Talbot
Nov 18, 2019
I am a member of the Central Oklahoma Grotto and have spent time caving at the Selman Ranch. I am so thankful I was blessed enough to have spent time with the very caring, kind, and great full for nature Mrs. Betty Selman!!
Gary Duncan Martin
Nov 14, 2019
Betty, James, Cheryl and Bill were wonderful and dear friends and neighbors to my family. I can't list all the memories of visiting the ranch, watching roundups and untold kindnesses she showed Mary Alice, Andy and me. And we were not alone. The moved her parents from Freedom (where they published the newspaper) Mr. & Mrs. Hinton into town to live next door and across the street from us. I was paid a rich sum of $4 to mow each lawn. So, it's sad to see some of the last of our Broadmoor Drive parents pass on while also feeling fond memories of the lives well lived.