After Grade 8, Selma did domestic work. In 1942, she moved to Swift Current, Sask., to work as a waitress and clerk. After improving her skills, she became a bookkeeper for the Revelstoke store until her retirement. Selma enjoyed cooking and hosting. She was a sharp dresser with excellent taste. Quiet and independent, Selma travelled and read extensively, keeping up on local, national and international affairs. She took pride in singing with the Swift Current Oratorio Choir. As long as Selma was able, she helped older friends with shopping and income tax. She prepared her own taxes until age 92, holding high standards in all her paperwork. Diminished confidence in driving, and the subsequent loss of independence, was difficult for Selma.