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On Friday, May 27th our beloved Jennifer Jean Seay, 49, passed away at Boone Hospital in Columbia, MO while surrounded by loved ones. Her family is deeply saddened by the unexpected loss. Jennifer was born November 27th, 1972 in Mexico, Missouri.
She spent many years working for several EMS agencies as an EMT-B including: Callaway County EMS, Phelps County EMS, and Capital Region Medical Center. Jennifer was a caring and compassionate EMT and her partners were grateful to work alongside her. Later in life, Jennifer got her CDL and found a passion for driving and travel. She spent many years hauling cattle and operating a trucking company, Western Livestock. She loved to visit new places and would often stop along her travels for mini-vacations and adventures. She most enjoyed taking her children along on trips. Trips with her children included taking them to Pike’s Peak, Panama City Beach, ranches in Montana, Badlands North Dakota, Cheyenne Wyoming, and South Texas. She provided her children with many memories and adventures they will never forget.
Jennifer had many passions and hobbies. She had a deep love of animals that started at her family farm and years in South Callaway FFA. She raised horses, cattle, dogs, cats, chickens, and goats throughout her life. In recent years she began breeding and raising specialty chickens. Jennifer also enjoyed woodworking, cooking, baking, writing, painting, crafting, and gardening. She had a particular talent for making wooden bowls and cutting boards as well as home decor. With a love of being outdoors, Jennifer could most often be found tending to her animals, gardening, or fishing with her father, Randy. Last year Jennifer became a grandmother and spent as much time as she could with the new light of her life, Willow.
Everyone knew Jennifer for her smile and her ability to light up a room. She was a truly beautiful person inside and out; her generosity, compassion and warmth will always be remembered fondly. She had a wonderful sense of humor and her laugh was absolutely contagious. She will be sincerely missed by many.
Jennifer is survived by her children, Taylor (Ryan) Ehlmann of Troy; Matthew (Tinsley) Akers and their daughter, Willow of Tebbets; mother Betty (J.C.) Miller of Mokane; father Randy Seay of Benton City; siblings Courtney Miller and her children Kayleigh and Jett; Justin (Carmen) Seay and their daughter Olivia of Holts Summit; Tashana Hagnas and her daughters Saleen Flowers, Harley Murray, and Raven Murray; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Jennifer was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Gracelynn Mae Akers, sister, Tracey Seay, brother, Kenneth Seay, maternal grandparents, Herbert and Louella Knipfel, paternal grandparents, Wesley and Wynema Seay, and several beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at the Hams Prairie Christian Church 6300 State Road AD Fulton, MO on Saturday, June 11th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Her eulogy will be delivered at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, contribution to Willow’s college fund would be appreciated.
Jennifer will be laid to rest during a private inurnment at the Steedman Cemetery at a later date.