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Jo Ellen Seaman

Arthur Graphic-Clarion of Arthur, Illinois

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Jo Ellen Seaman, 66, of Arthur, died at 4:48 a.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Memorial services were held Monday morning at Arthur United Methodist Church with Reverends Bruce Weiman and Leroy Allison officiating.

Private interment will be at a later date. Shrader Funeral Home, 431 S. Vine Street, Arthur, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jo Ellen was born February 17, 1949, to Ralph Richard "Bud" and Ellen Jane Hendrickson Seaman. She was the oldest of five siblings.

Jo at-tended school in Arthur and furthered her college education at Illinois State, obtaining her Master's in Education.

She began her career in 1971 teaching agriculture in Goodridge, Minnesota, followed by Spring Grove, Minnesota. She was the first female to teach agriculture in the State of Minnesota.

In 1980 she moved back to her hometown of Arthur and continued teaching. She taught Ag and math in both Arthur and Atwood.

Jo loved teaching and taking her students to judging event's; conventions, and' many other activities. During her career, she had many Star Farmers in the Ag Program.

She held many offices in Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers and the National Vocational Ag Teachers Association, including president and treasurer.

She was also a volleyball coach for the junior high and high school volleyball teams. She was a huge Knight fan, even after retirement she followed the Knights on the Round Table and Facebook.

Jo is survived by Britta Stenutz, Kay, Marcus, and Milan; siblings, Dee Ann (Mike) Daily; Dennis (Nancy) Seaman; eight nieces and nephews; 14 great nieces and nephews; and Aunt Roberta (Dwight) Hollenbeck.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Butch Seaman; sister, April Seaman; nephew, Jeremy Seaman; grandparents, Wilbur and Norma (Granny and Papa) Hendrickson; Ralph and Martha Seaman; her uncle, Dean Hendrickson; and her loyal companion, Little Bit.

Memorials are suggested to the ALAH FFA Chapter.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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