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Chelsea Dye

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, JESUS called sweet, spunky and loud Chelsea, to be home with HIM. No one who knew her or loved her was ready for this, but GOD is always in control and has the plan.

Chelsea came into this world at 10:44 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 1993, at SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau, the child of Terry Dean and Angela Suzanne Dye. From the moment they looked into her face they knew she would be a force to be reckoned with, and she never disappointed them on that front.

A 28-year journey of joy, love, spunk and sass, and just some normal raising of a Midwestern girl took place where Chelsea was surrounded by a huge family and a huge tribe of friends. She was blessed to have been introduced to the most wonderful man, her fiance, Matt Ulrich who took the challenge to love her big and make sure she knew just how worthy she was of love.

Chelsea was raised in Jackson, and was a proud graduate of the Jackson High School Class of 2011. She played softball and was a cheerleader while attending school, and loved being voted “Loudest/Biggest Mouth” of her Senior class. Everyone who knew her knew that was a goal of hers, and she beamed with pride accepting that award. Chelsea attended Southeast Missouri State University and most recently was the HR Manager for Atlas Molding’s Fredericktown location where she used that big voice and big heart to ensure her employees were well taken care of. Her work ethic not only included being a good employee, but caring for those she was responsible for.

Chelsea and Matt were due to be married on Oct. 9, 2021, and she was over the moon at planning the wedding, and being Matt’s bride. She was so easy during this process and just wanted a fun and simple event to celebrate their union. It was to be a huge event, and those who love her would have had a great Chelsea is survived by her fiance Matt Ulrich of Marble Hill, her father and stepmother, Terry and Vicki Dye, her mother and stepfather, Angie and Mike Sea-baugh of Jackson, four sisters and families, Kyleigh and Curtis and Hattie Felker of Cape Girardeau, Taylor and Brock Long of Lake City, AR, Paige Seabaugh and Lane Criddle of Jackson and Emma Mahonen of Finland, her grandparents, Jerry and Sue Dye of Kennett, Lavern Wachter of Jackson and Virginia Wiedefeld of Cape Girardeau, future in-laws, Bob and Lori Ulrich of Shaw-neetown and their daughter, Bridgette Ulrich of Dexter. Chelsea was the niece of Monique and Lanny Watson of Kennett, Jerry and Debbie Dye of Kansas City, MO, Lea Anne and Eric Rogers of Bloomfield and Don and Barb Seabaugh of Overland Park, KS. Loving cousins included Diana, Laura, Kaitlyn, Nick, Sara, Kyle, Kory, Brett, Brock and Alyssa and way more friends than there are stars in the sky.

The world is a better place for having had Chelsea here to always be everything real and big and she lived with her whole heart as she loved her family and friends and her life.

The funeral was at the church at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, with Dr. Brian Anderson and Rev. Chris Peltz officiating.

Pallbearers were Nick Dye, Zach Young, Lane Criddle, Jacob Heise, Jimmy Moehsmer, Cody Koehler, Brock Ruch and Bob Ulrich.

She was preceded in death by her Grampy, Herman Wiedefeld, who, we know greeted her with his open arms alongside JESUS.

The family requests that memorials be made to Cross Road Church to be used to set up a scholarship fund for all the special nieces and nephews Chelsea loved so much.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the tribute wall tab of Chelsea’s personal obituary page at

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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