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Helen Pearl (Crites) Seabaugh

November 28, 1928 ~ March 24, 2020 (age 91)


Helen Pearl Seabaugh, often affectionately known as “Aunt Pearl”, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Scott City.

She was born November 28, 1928, in Bollinger County, Missouri, to Edward and Sarah Crites.  She was a graduate of the former Sedgewickville Grade School.

Pearl and Elmer L. “Luke” Seabaugh were married December 24, 1946.   Six children were born to their union, and they had been married exactly 43 years when Luke passed away December 24, 1989.

Helen was a devoted mother, grandma, and homemaker.  She was a lifetime member of Sargent’s Chapel Lutheran Church near Sedgewickville.  She is well remembered for her famous slaw with poppyseed dressing, homemade buns, and chicken and dumplings.

When her children were older, she worked 34 years for the former International Shoe Factory - 13 years in Perryville and 21 years in Jackson.

Loving survivors include six children, Lonnie (Beverly) Seabaugh of Cape Girardeau, Patsy (the late James) Penrose of Scott City, Missouri, Donald (Ruth) Seabaugh of Jackson, Sharon Jones (fiance, Terry Schoen) of Perryville, Shirley (David) Leible of Perryville, Linda Goulding of Cape Girardeau; 15 grandchildren, Lonnie Seabaugh Jr.,  Tammy Wyss, Cheryl and Dwayne Kiehne, Melissa Sanchez, Dennis Penrose, Bryon, Jason, and Sarah Seabaugh, Elizabeth Allen, Curtis Leible, Amanda Luckey, Kristina Allmon, Nicole Anderson, and Michele Goulding; 34 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; four siblings, Tom (Dorothy) Crites, Earl (Bea) Crites, Howard (Verla) Crites, Hazel (Harley) Jaco; and a great-grandson.

The family will privately honor Helen Pearl with a graveside service at Sargent’s Chapel Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Luke.

Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremtion Center in Jackson.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, Legacy Hospice, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Friends are encouraged to share sympathy messages with the family by clicking on the TRIBUTES tab on Helen’s personal obituary page at, or by sharing thoughts on Facebook.  We apologize, but we are unable to share address or phone numbers of the family members. 

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Private Graveside Service

Sargent's Chapel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Sedgewickville, Missouri
NE of Sedgewickville, E of town to County Road 234 to cemetery
Sedgewickville, MO 63781


American Heart Association, St. Louis, Mo
460 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis MO 63141
Tel: 1-314-692-5635

Legacy Hospice
319 North, Sikeston MO 63801
Tel: 1-573-471-3080

Alzheimer's Association- St. Louis
9370 Olive Blvd, St. Louis MO 63122
Tel: 1-800-272-3900

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