Mary Chapman

Thursday, June 2, 2005

Mary Janette Chapman, 68, of Cape Girardeau was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at her daughter's home near Sedgewickville, Mo.

She was born May 7, 1937, at Randles, daughter of Lemuel and Lucy Simmons Stacy. She and Ellis P. Thurm were married March 5, 1954. She later married Arnold "Bus" Chapman Oct. 18, 1986. He passed away Oct. 17, 1989.

Mary attended Whitewater Grade School and Delta High School. She worked as a courier for Purolator, Mid America, Bart, Cape County Bank and its predecessors. She also worked at the former Florsheim Shoe Co. in Cape Girardeau.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and her family was her joy. She also enjoyed reading, the outdoors, horses, horseback riding, fishing, flowers, birds, her dogs and working picture puzzles. She pitched fast-pitch softball when a young woman. She was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Michael Pruitt of Egypt Mills, Robin and Billy Hahs of Sedgewickville; a grandson, Chris Thurm and wife Andria of Cape Girardeau; two granddaughters, Jamie Bowman and husband Daniel of Cape Girardeau, Hannah Hahs of Sedgewickville; three great-grandsons, Devon and Jace Thurm, Christopher Bowman, all of Cape Girardeau, and expected any day, Caleb Paul Bowman.

Also surviving are two brothers, Elmer Stacy and wife Viola of Davenport, Iowa, Murel Stacy of Wood River, Ill.; three sisters, Wanda Holland of Cape Girardeau, Roxie Turner and husband Louis, and Ora Stacy, all of Lake Wales, Fla.; numerous beloved nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Ellis and Sherry Thurm of New Wells.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clifford Stacy; and two sisters, Helen Jones and Edna Slinkard.

Friends may call at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Naamon Eaker officiating. Burial will be in Thompson Cemetery near Egypt Mills.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.