As a result of a brief illness, Jean Lamm, age 96 years and nine months, passed way at Clinton Healthcare and Rehab in Clinton, MO on March 5, 2022 after living a long and loving life. Jean moved to Clinton in 2019 to be nearer her daughter, Sharon.
Mildred Jean (Pfeiffer) Lamm was born at home to Mattie Bell (Simmons) Pfeiffer and Lawrence John Pfeiffer on June 2, 1925 in Prairie Home, Missouri. Jean considered herself a “tomboy” and loved playing outside with her younger brother J. L. Pfeiffer. During her school years, she participated in softball and basketball. She often said she would rather play ball than eat. Jean graduated from Prairie Home High School in 1943.
She attended college and earned a teaching certificate from Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, MO. Jean had a life long passion for learning and enjoyed participating and watching Jeopardy in her later years. After graduation, Jean taught school in a one room schoolhouse in Wooldridge, MO. While there she met the love of her life and future husband, H.S. Lamm. This “meeting” was arranged by some of her students who were also nieces and nephews of H.S. After H.S. returned from WW II, Jean and H.S. Lamm Jr. were married on February 7, 1946 in Prairie Home, MO. They had five children, Sharon, Henry III, Carol Ann, Freddie and Greg.
Jean and H.S. lived and worked on their farm in Wooldridge where Jean tended a large garden, raised chickens for eating and cared for what she called her five little lambs. She helped hoe soybeans, paint fences, feed farm hands and herd cattle. Later in life she often commented that herding cattle was one of her least favorite activities.
In 1976 Jean and H. S. sold the farm and moved to Boonville with their son Greg. Greg lived with and helped his parents for many years. Jean and H.S. enjoyed bowling and traveling all over the USA during retirement. With farming in their blood, the two also raised a large garden during retirement. Jean was an active member of the Wooldridge Baptist Church and later the Boonville First Baptist Church where she helped with the Music Makers group. Jean served the five points of the Order of the Eastern Star as well as Conductress and Worthy Grand Matron.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Fae Pfeiffer Brandes, Nelson Pfeiffer, Aileen Pfeiffer Odneal, and J. L. Pfeiffer, her daughter, Carol Ann, her grandson, Robert Craig Thoma and several nieces and nephews. She is survived by four of her children, seven grandchildren including Chad Thoma, Christine Whitley (Ervin) and Clayton Whitley, Elaine Lamm, Henry (Hank) Lamm IV, Rachel Lamm, Sarah Lamm, ten great-grandchildren including Josh and Jake Thoma, Rhiannon Thoma, Allison and Brianna Whitley, Jackson, Leo, Violet, Hazel and Henry Ervin, and one great-great grandson, Calvin Thoma.
Jean’s funeral will be private with only the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in attendance at Howard Funeral Home in Boonville. The public may pay their respects on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from 8 AM to 4:30 PM at the funeral home. The family will not be present on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the First Baptist Church in Boonville or Unlimited Opportunities in Jean Lamm’s name. The funeral will be live streamed at www.HowardFH.com or Howard Funeral Home on Facebook.
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