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Jean Coram obit  Jean Murphy Doubet Coram, aged 87, died peacefully at her home in Columbia, Missouri, on January 18, 2016, after suffering in poor health for the past year.

Jean was born in Anna, Illinois, on June 9, 1928, to Clyde George Murphy and Maud Virginia Harris. The youngest of four children, Jean was devoted to the memory of her deceased parents and older brothers and sister, Leonard (Buddy), Dolph, and Martha Murphy Burton, and longed for their heavenly reunion.

Jean is survived by her three children, Debbi Doubet (Howard) Allred of Centerville, Utah, Vicki Doubet (Mark) Simmons of Manchester, Missouri, and Ric Doubet of Columbia, Missouri; grandchildren, Drew Allred, Elizabeth (Ravi) Cerar, Mallory (Kelby) Perry, Malaki Doubet; and a great grandson, Reddick Cerar.  Jean also leaves behind a niece, Julie (Rob) Patterson, nephew, Mike (Freda) Burton, and grand nephews, Brett (Kourtney) Burton and Steve Burton.  Step-children include Steve and Colleen (O’Brien) Coram of Kearny, Nebraska; and step grandchildren; Melissa Coram, Amy (Matt) Harris, and Luke and Gabriel Paddox. Jean also leaves behind many dear friends and associates whom she loved and appreciated.

Jean was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and Peoria, Illinois.  She graduated from Farmington High School and Proctor Hospital School of Radiology. She married Robert Doubet on April 3, 1948, in Peoria, Illinois.  The family moved to a farm in Knox County, Missouri, in 1960, where her bottled vegetables and meats lined the rows of shelves in the basement of their farm in Baring, Missouri.  She raised dogs, made her own butter, cooked delicious meals, which included sumptuous main courses, always varied and delightfully seasoned, beautiful handmade breads and rolls, homemade jams and jellies, and delightful desserts. In her years on the farm Jean fed dozens of visiting relatives and friends, neighbors, farm hands, and her family. Jean was a tireless worker and few of us could keep up with her zeal for a well-kept home and surroundings. She loved gardening and spent hours planting and tending her lovely flower beds and bushes. Jean appreciated music, loved dancing, and had a beautiful soprano voice.  Jean was known for her compassion and her service to those in need as well as to her family, friends, and neighbors. She loved her family and devoted her life in service to them.

Jean worked for Truman State University for 10 years, and after her marriage to Roscoe Coram in 1982, she worked for the Community Action Agency for 15 years in social service and was also Scotland County Coordinator in Memphis, Missouri, during that period.  Rocky and Jean eventually moved to Kirksville, Missouri, where Jean loved living there in their beautiful home together and amongst her wonderful friends and neighbors.  Jean’s recreational passion was visiting the local Amish communities, where she enjoyed the handmade wares and fresh produce.  Jean always gravitated back to the country life to which she had devoted herself for so many years, and learned to love. She will miss her Amish friends and associates.

Jean was a life-long member of the Episcopal Church and enjoyed her fellowship at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Kirksville, Missouri, for over 40 years.

Memorial services for Jean Coram will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Kirksville, Missouri, on February 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM.  Flowers are appreciated.