Mrs. Adrienne Kay Ptacek , age 57, of Jackson went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at LaCroix United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau with the Rev.  J. T. Thomason officiating.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the church.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.

Adrienne was born May 21, 1959, in Cape Girardeau, beloved first daughter of Donald James and Ronda Kay Hoffman Amelon.  She and Kenny Ptacek were wed on July 30, 1983 in Cape Girardeau.

Loving survivors include her husband of nearly 33 years; a son, Tyler Ptacek of Jackson; a daughter, Ashley Orr and husband, Heath, of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Sharon Mansell and husband, Allan, of Fruitland.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Adrienne was a 1977 graduate of Jackson High School, where she served as senior class president and was active in band, drama, and track.  She received her bachelor‘s degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Equestrian Science from Murray State University in 1981.  She also received an education degree from Southeast Missouri State University.

She taught English before and after her children’s pre-school years, and most recently was well-known and loved as the Alternative Learning Center teacher at Jackson Jr. High School.  She inspired countless young minds as she compassionately guided them through their studies and, in many cases, encouraged them to rise above difficult circumstances.  She cared deeply about each and every student that was sent her way. She was a loving and wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, and cousin.

A member of La Croix United Methodist Church, she enjoyed participating in a small group with her husband.  She also loved her Women’s Bible study group.   Her greatest joys were spending time with family, friends, and, of course, her horses.

The family requests that contributions be made to Cape Community Counseling Center.

McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Jim & Rose Glennon

    Dear Kenny & Family
    We were so saddened to hear of your loss.
    Please know how very sorry we are, you have
    been in our prayers.

  2. Traci Ritter

    Adrienne was a dear friend and will be sadly missed. I will treasure the memories of our many rides through the woods as she caught me up on the latest with her family or as we discussed the latest church sermon or small group study. She always had such thoughtful insight and such a way with words. I adored her sense of humor and love of nature as well. She noticed and appreciated every small thing of beauty along the trails. She was a genuine, thoughtful and dear friend… Sending love and prayers to her family at this difficult time.

  3. Russ Moore

    I remember Adrienne and Sharon from the school bus from way back in school. Her photo shows she looks exactly the same – I would have recogonized her anywhere.
    I am so deeply sorry to hear of her passing.
    I hope memories, family and friends help ease your pain.

  4. Linda Clements

    Ken, Tyler and Ashley – I am so very sorry for your loss. I have spent the last few days reliving so many wonderful memories I was able to share with Adrienne. She was a very special person, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to be her friend. Scott and I have been thinking of you.

  5. Mary Sprenger Beckett

    Dear Kenny and Family, and Sharon,

    My sympathy to all of your families, It has been a long time since I have seen or talked to any of your family.
    Sharon and I went to Church, Sunday school and were confirmed together.
    Adrienne was a very sweet young lady. She will be missed by all.
    Please know that all your family will be in my prayers.

  6. Ginger Barnett Elliott

    Kenny & Family –

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although it has been many years since I have seen you and your family, I have fond memories of when you lived in Humboldt and Adrienne allowed me to ride her horses. I will remember she was a good teacher when I was learning. While it has been many years since I have been on a horse, I do know that if I am ever back in a saddle I will immediately remember “sit up straight, heels down”.
    I hope that you are able to find some peace in the coming days.

  7. Karen Kight

    Dear Family;
    I too have thoughts about how special Adrienne was while being her teacher at Jackson High School. She was intelligent, very capable and determined. I know she has been very special in the lives of so many as I read here. I know this time is so difficult but know too that your friends, acquaintances and family care for each of you.

    Karen Kight

  8. brittany

    She was a very remarkable woman, so kind, so caring, so helpful I cannot believe something like this has happened to an innocent school teacher. I am so sorry for her and for her family. I had her in school quit a few times and I was completely shocked when I seen this. Not too long before she came up missing maybe a few days to a week before im pretty positive it was her I see at jackson Walmart just looking to see what they had in Womans clothes wish I would have stopped and said hi. Once again very sorry. Prayers sent

  9. Taden

    As of one of her former students, I have to say Mrs.ptacek was the most inspiring teacher\modivator at the junior high school. She taught kids so many things other teachers couldn’t. she showed kids at the junior high love like we were one of her own kids. We always looked up to her because she knew the best advice and how to salve the biggest problems. Thank you Mrs.ptacek for everything you have done for me through my roughest years you will truly be missed.

  10. Angie Pennington

    Ken & Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. It’s a difficult time, rely on friends and family to help you through.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Debbie Lintner

    Dear Tyler, Ashley and Ken, I am so sorry for your loss. ~Mrs. (Mayfield) Lintner

  12. bailey abbott

    i never got to know you personally, you were a year older than me. not to mention you were quiet, and i was the clown..but i did get the opportunity to get to know your mother. not under the best circumstances in school, but she and i became very close. she truly cared about each individual student, and did what she could to help in any way and to try and persuade them into getting back onto the right track. she always had a smile on her face. and always kind words of wisdom. i remember those alfredo lean cuisines she would always eat at lunch! they made the whole class room smell sooo good! i am so sorry for this loss. but the man above had a better plan for her.
    you and your family are in my thoughts.

  13. Dee Maupin

    Thoughts and prayers for all the family.
    She was a truly beautiful person.
    Dee and Wayne Maupin

  14. Karen Jones and Family

    Sharon and family:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

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