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Shirley Coomer

Shirley Jean Coomer, 80, formerly of Jackson, most recently of Wentzville, passed away Dec. 12, 2021, at Twin Oaks Senior Living in Wentzville.

She was born January 17, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Alvin and Edna Creibaum Nagel. She and Gus W. Coomer were married Dec. 30, 1961, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. He passed away Sept. 19, 2012.

Shirley attended elementary school at Trinity Lutheran School in Cape Girardeau. She graduated from College High in 1958. Shirley was a charter member at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. She worked at Country Mart, was a pharmacy technician at John’s Pharmacy and Walmart in Cape Girardeau. Shirley and her husband, Gus owned and operated The Mud Hut Ceramics in Cape Girardeau for many years. Her hobbies included bowling with Gus in Jackson Bowling League and square dancing with the Cape County Square Dancers Club.

Loving survivors include two sons, Jeff (Becky) Coomer of Troy, and Mike (Denise) Coomer of St. Charles, a daughter, Shirl (Tim) Burton of Westminster, CO, four grandchildren, Travis (Lauren) Coomer of St. Charles, Samantha (Lucas) Kessels of Winfield, Alison Coomer of Davis, CA, and Cole Burton of Westminster, CO, four great-grandchildren, Grayson and Hudson Coomer, and Alexis and Joseph Kessels, and a sister, Patricia (the late Lloyd) Schultz of Livonia, MI.

Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, her parents, and a brother, Lonnie Nagel.

Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, from 4 to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Funeral service will be Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home.

Interment will follow in Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Saxony Lutheran High School in Cape Girardeau.

Shirley’s family would like to give a special thank you to all the doctors, nurses, and technicians at Twin Oaks Senior Living Center in Wentzville and St. Croix Hospice, all who provided diligent, kind, and compassionate care to her.

To send an online condolence to the family, visit McCombs Funeral Home website at; then click on the TRIBUTE WALL tab of Shirley’s personal obituary.

Traditional gifts, cards and contributions may be sent to the family at Mc-Combs Funeral Home, Inc. c/o Shirley Coomer, 640 W. Independence St., Jackson, MO 63755.

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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