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Holly Drum

Holly Jean Drum peacefully passed away on March 27, 2022.

She was born Oct. 19, 1967, in Cape Girardeau to Calvin Cleveland and Dorothy Bangert Phillips. She was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.

Holly grew up in Jackson. She and Ralph Drum, Jr. were married May, 18, 1991, and they celebrated 30 years of joyful marriage.

Holly graduated from Jackson High School in 1986 and received her bachelor’s degree in 1991 from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. She applied her education and recreation therapy skills at Southeast Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center.

Holly loved family, the outdoors, fishing, and she particularly had a love for horses, cats, and dogs. She furthered her love of family and the outdoors by participating in the Girl Scouts, later serving as a troop leader. She was passionate about supporting the Jackson High School Cross Country team.

She is survived by her husband Ralph Drum, Jr. and two daughters, Ashley (Paul) Ragsdale of Park Hills, and Chelsea Drum of Hattiesburg, MS; her mother Dorothy Phillips of Jackson; two sisters, Judy (Dale) Snyder of Jackson and Cindy Phillips of Mt. Pleasant, SC; her mother-in-law, Rose Drum of Friedheim; and two sisters-in-law, Rosemary Kincy of Jackson, and Karen (Scott) Young of St. Peters.

She was preceded in death by her father, Calvin Phillips, and her father-in-law, Ralph Drum, Sr.

Holly set an example of faith and courage to her family and friends as she dealt with Glioblastoma brain cancer since November of 2015. The family thanks the staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University, and St. Francis Medical Center for their loving care.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2022, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The service is at 10 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2022, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Charley Mangels officiating. Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation (, or the charity of donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the tribute wall tab of Holly’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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