Ethel Wiseman

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ethel Wiseman, 96, of Phoenix, formerly of Jackson, died Sunday, March 9, 2008.

She was born Dec. 3, 1911, in Bollinger County, daughter of William and Miranda Smith Slemmer. She attended Fruitland and Jackson schools. She married James E. "Breezy" Wiseman in 1942.

Mrs. Wiseman worked 19 years at International Shoe Co. in Jackson and Cape Girardeau. Along with her husband, she owned and operated Breezy's Place, The Palace Cafe and the Terrace Drive-In from 1948 to 1966. In later years she worked at Ideal Grocery, Dollar General Store, Gossard Outlet and Country Spanish Shop in Jackson.

She was a member of New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson, and a 60-year member of VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Bishop of Jackson; a granddaughter, Paula (Kevin) Lukefahr of Phoenix; a great-granddaughter, Ashley Lukefahr, and a great-grandson, Josh Lukefahr, both of Phoenix; a niece and nephew.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and her husband May 18, 1965.

Mrs. Wiseman donated her body for anatomical study.

Memorials may be made to New McKendree United Methodist Church of Jackson or the Arthritis Foundation.

Her passing leaves a great void in many lifelong friends in Jackson.

A memorial service will be held at Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau at a later date.