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Phyllis Ann Seabaugh

Phyllis Ann Seabaugh, 90, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

She was born March 9, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, the daughter of George and Gertrude Pierce Schwartz. She married Jerry Lee Seabaugh Aug. 20, 1949.

Phyllis graduated from Saint Mary’s High School in Cape Girardeau. A few short years after she and Jerry married, they moved to Jackson where they raised their family and became avid supporters of the Jackson Indians sports programs. She and Jerry had been season ticket holders for the Jackson Indians football team for nearly 50 years.

Phyllis worked for Tucker Trucking, Libson Shops, and Lambert’s Fabrics in Cape Girardeau. She and Belle Litzelfelner owned and operated Primrose Lane, a bridal shop in Jackson. She then started a 25-year career as an interior decorator with Cracraft-Miller Furniture Store in Jackson.

Decorating was one of the many natural talents Phyllis possessed. She was a member of the Jackson Heritage Association and assisted with the decorating of the Oliver House. She was a long-time member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and for many years she led a committee of volunteers to decorate the church for special events and holidays.

Family and friends will remember her for her skill as a seamstress. She made many of her children’s clothing, especially their Sunday clothes, and she designed all her daughters’ wedding gowns. She also enjoyed cooking and entertaining, and having family over for meals every Sunday afternoon.

Survivors include her loving husband and partner of over 72 years, Jerry of Jackson; five children: Linda (Wayne) Vohs of Greensboro, NC; Nancy Martin of Rock Hill, SC; Debbie (the late Dick) Keene; Mary Pat (Joey) King of Jackson; and John Seabaugh of Addison, TX; 13 grandchildren, Mi-chelle (Brian) Lasley, Laura (Andy) Peeples, Christina (Will) Phipps, Michael (Han-na) Vohs, Brittany Hartman, John Wesley Keene, Adriane (Alex) Lacey, Dayna (Joshua) Havemann, Derek (Elysia) King, Bobby (Jessica) King, Kellie (Russell) Sinclair, Zoie (Carter) Berry, and Brock Seabaugh; 20 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Alderink of Keller, Texas, and a brother Mike Schwartz of Jackson.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, a son-in-law, Dick Keene, and three sisters.

The Reverends Randolph Tochtrop and John Harth celebrated the funeral mass at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson. Burial followed in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates memorial contributions to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

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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