Jean A. Shepherd, 64, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Jackson, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, at her home.

The seventh of nine children, Jean was born May 24, 1951, in Jackson, to George H. and Nellie M. Schreiner Smith.  She and Jon Shepherd were married September 10, 1999, at the gazebo of the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson.

Jean was a graduate of Jackson High School.  She worked 20 years at the former shoe factory in Jackson and was currently employed 25 years at the Drury Hotel National Call Center in Cape Girardeau.  She was a lifelong member of New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson.

Loving survivors include her husband of 16 years, Jon of Cape Girardeau; five siblings, Dean Smith of Chaffee, Missouri, Laura Jo Smith, George Smith, and Kim Martin, all of Jackson, Mark Smith of St. Louis; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Zoe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three siblings, Bob, Dale, and Charles Smith.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 1, 2016, from noon to service time at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral is Sunday, at 2 p.m., at the funeral home, with the Rev. Nancy Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri Building Fund.

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  1. Margie Stull

    Jean was a very special person and one of the BEST coworkers I’ve had the opportunity to work with. Such a great loss.

  2. Kim and Laura Jo,
    So sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. I didn’t know her well, but I remember singing with her in the church choir (and that was a long time ago!).
    My condolences to your and your family.

  3. Amanda Huffman

    I’m very sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. She was always very kind to me and I have nice memories of her. I still think of her whenever the movie “Mars Attacks” comes up. She took me to see it when I was 11 and we thought it was so funny. I’ll always remember her with a smile.

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