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All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Janis Selvig Memorial
Janis Selvig Memorial

Janis Selvig

Janis Selvig

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Janis “Jan” Elaine (Riggles) Selvig, age 75, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at the Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, where she has resided for many years.

Jan was born on July 28, 1945 in Bellingham, Washington to Ralph and Grace Riggles. She was a 1963 Sedro-Woolley High School graduate.  After high School, she was educated and trained as a Dental Assistant and work many years, in various positions, in this field.

Jan and Ray Selvig were married April 12, 1969 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.  They made their home in Washington, California and then settled back in Washington upon Ray’s retirement from the U.S. Navy.

Jan was quite an athlete.  She played softball, and was an accomplished marathon runner and bicyclist.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and a large collection of friends to share that with.  Jan brought joy to those she touched.

Jan is survived by her brothers, Raymond Riggles of Sedro-Woolley and Randy Riggles of Concrete; sister and spouse, Joni and Stephen Lee of Burlington; sister-in-law, Linda Johnson of Arco, Idaho; late husband, Ray’s siblings, Kim Baum and Kurt Selvig of Portland, Oregon; uncle, Charles Riggles of Sedro-Woolley and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Ray; grandparents, Homer and Margaret Riggles and Magnus and Borghild Asplund; father, Ralph; mother, Grace; step father, Albert Johnson; step brother, George Johnson; step sister and spouse, Glee and Swede Daves; sister-in-law, Betty Riggles; as well as numerous uncles and aunts.

Special thanks to the staff at Life Care Center for their many years of attentive, loving care of Jan.  The family also wishes to acknowledge their deep degree of gratitude for Jan’s long time, very good friend, Mary Sue Dallas for her tireless devotion, never-ending support and constant advocacy for Jan.

Family and friends will hold a celebration of life gathering at a later date.  Please share your memories of Jan and sign the online guest register


  • Larry & Hatty Perotti

    Yes, rest in peace Janis a Great classmate and wonderful person.. You will be missed..

  • Cindy McGuiness

    May God comfort and bless Jan’s wonderful family. Rest in peace Jan. The memories of your strong, outgoing, and courageous spirit will last along with that beautiful smile.

  • Debbie

    Rest In Peace Janis. I worked at SVCC/ Lifecare the day you came. I’ll never forget your beautiful smile and sparkle in your eyes. My sympathies to her family.

  • Wayne Hayes

    Remember Janis as part of our 1963 graduation class. She was a joy to be around and will be missed by many. Praying comfort and peace over her family.

  • Connie (Skiles) Vander Woude

    She was a great lady, she will be missed by many. Our trip to MO is one of my best memories.

  • Beverly Sidebottom Nero

    I am Jan’s forever friend.

    Janis (Riggs) Selvig has been missed for the past 27 years as she held onto the shreds of her damaged life, but she was (and is) remembered by all whom loved her, supported her athleticism, applauded her many accomplishments, and laughed so many times with her. We established a form of communication, which is remarkable.

    Her baby sister, Joni and Mary Sue were with her when she let go if this life.

    Now she is released from her life here to regain her mind, her body, her beautiful teeth. She remembered those she loved and she maintained her sense of humor, despite everything, which is remarkable in itself.

    Our dear friend, Mary Sue Dallas was a most loyal friend and advocate. She was attentive throughout the long years, which also is most remarkable.

    Jan Riggles Selvig was a remarkable women. I will remember her and our friendship with love, affection, and the fun we had for many years.

    It is difficult to write a good bye to Jan. There aren’t enough words, space or time.

    May she have comfort and peace.