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Diane Scully

A funeral mass to celebrate the life of Diane Michele Scully, formerly of Jackson, will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson with Father Randolph Tochtrop. Diane will privately be laid to rest with Patrick at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. Arrangements were entrusted to McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Diane, 76, passed away May 28, 2021, at a family home in Raleigh, NC. Diane had been residing in Raleigh the past several months.

Diane was born Feb. 23, 1945, in St. Louis, to Dolores Bruder Apollo. She was married June 18, 1976, to Patrick Scully. Together they raised four loving children, Lisa, Nick, Renee and Gina. They had been married nearly 39 years when Patrick passed away Feb. 11, 2015.

Diane was a 1963 graduate of Corpus Christi High School in Jennings. After marrying Pat in 1976, they moved to Jackson to raise their family.

Diane enjoyed a 20-year career as office manager at the former Jackson Transfer Company and later worked five years for Transportation Security Administration in St. Louis.

She was actively involved in the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, the Jackson Noon Optimist Club, and the former Franciscan Program. She had a special passion for animals, wildlife, and nature, often contributing and volunteering to benefit such charities.

A lifelong Catholic, Diane was a dedicated, longtime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson and when Patrick passed away, she assumed his role in attending weekly Perpetual Adoration in the chapel at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

Diane was generous and thoughtful and was a dedicated homemaker. She loved her children dearly and was very proud of them.

Diane will be missed by her children; Lisa (Tom) Gehrin of Cary, NC, Nicholas (Anna) Matulewic of Portage Des Sioux, Renee (John) Boone of Merritt Island, FL, Gina Scully and husband Campbell Rodgers of Raleigh, NC, five grandchildren, Daniel Gehrin, Jessica Gehrin, Kristen Gehrin, Lauren Boone and Nathanial Boone, a brother-in-law, Vincent (Sharon) Scully of St. Peters, a sister-in-law, Ann Marie (Ken) Borgmeyer of Florissant, many nieces and nephews and good friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Scully and her mother, Dolores Apollo.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Paws of Honors, 1350 Beverly Road, Suite 115-333, McLean, VA 22101 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, navigating to Diane’s obituary page, and clicking on the tribute wall tab.

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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