In Memory

Karen Stephens (Duden)

Karen S. (Stephens) George, 57 of Sheldon, formerly of Watseka, died Saturday (Jan. 12,2002) at Sheldon Meadows Nursing Center. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Joe Hughes will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Mrs. George was born May 25, 1944 in Keokuck, IA, the daughter of Harold A. and Mary M. Kesper Stephens. Her parents are deceased. Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Shelisa and Chris Michl of Watseka; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kirk and Karen Brandenburg of Reidville, SC, John and Julie Brandenburg of Eatonville, NJ; one brother, John Stephens of Watseka; two grandsons; and one step granddaughter. Mrs. George enjoyed birds and antiques.

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08/08/12 08:02 PM #1    

Maureen Sampson (Nodruff)

My memories of Karen start in second grade when some of us would leave the brownie scout meetings and go back to help Mrs. Strickler in her second grade classroom at school.  Mrs. Strickler would let us smack the erasers and clean off the blackboards.  Then I remember when Karen's mother was our scout leader, maybe for Girl Scouts.  I think my favorite scout meeting at Karen's house was when she invited a local artist in to do what was called a "chalk talk."  That activity made a real impression on me:  she told a story while drawing a picture of an elf under a mushroom in colored chalks.  I always admired Karen's perky ponytale and cheerful demeanor.   In high school Karen paired off early on with an upperclassman and we didn't get to see as much of her. I do recall her being very protective of her younger brother, Johnny.  She was always sweet, kind, and friendly, a very quiet and ladylike girl.  Once I went off to college I lost track; I think my mother told me that Karen had MS or some such malady.   I do know it took her from her family and friends much too young.

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