Karen Joyce Walker, 79, most recently of Warrensburg, MO and formerly of Clark County, passed away from complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease on Wednesday afternoon, November 4th, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born on May 14, 1941 in Clark County, the daughter of the late Clifford and Althea (Crandel) Mohr. Karen Walker lived a full and joyous life, blessing all those who were touched by her. She played the piano as a child and enjoyed music, a love and skill she shared and passed along to her family. During her time in Kahoka, she was crowned Old Settler’s Day Queen in 1956, was a member of the St. Paul Church of Christ, and was a staple in the church choir. She married the love of her life, Bob Walker, in 1956, whom she shared the next 63 years with raising their family and traveling the world. They were blessed with their loving daughter, Rhonda, in 1957.
Karen and Bob traveled with their daughter around the United States and Europe on military assignment throughout the 1960s. She earned her real estate license in 1973 and sold homes in Northern VA throughout the early 1970s. In 1974, Bob and Karen moved back to Kahoka where they became small business owners of a trailer park and the Pool Hall on the square in Kahoka, MO. In 1985, Karen was elected as City Clerk of Kahoka and served Kahoka in the position until 1989.
Karen gave back to her community through her membership and leadership in Family and Community Education (FCE) through the University of Missouri Extension Service. Her service ranged from the early 1980s until the late 2000’s in multiple local, state, and national positions. She enjoyed traveling and presenting at conferences across the United States and took advantage of every opportunity to explore each location she visited. Among her experiences was enjoying lunch with the Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug at the World Food Prize Conference in 2003.
Karen is survived by her spouse, Robert Walker, her daughter, Rhonda Frazelle, her grandchildren Sarah Frazelle, Robbie Frazelle (Ximena Sevilla-Frazelle), Marie Shilbaya and their father Doug Frazelle, and her great grandchildren, Isobel Frazelle, Joshua Ritter, Cayden Bland, Javon Collins, and Yazmine Shilbaya. Karen is also survived by her nieces and nephews Theresa Johnson, Penny Sue Sheriff, Chad Mohr, Curtis Mohr, Linda Chalupnik, Larry Walker, Gary Walker, Roger Walker, Denise Bakkum, Gina Walker Fox, Alan Walker, Beth Niemi, Leann Hesness and each of their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Althea and Clifford Mohr, and her siblings Dora Lee Brammer and Glen Mohr.
Funeral services honoring the life of Karen were conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the Wilson & Triplett Funeral Home in Kahoka. Pastor Franz Kinkhorst officiated. Interment followed at St. Paul Cemetery. A visitation was held from 1:00 pm until the time of services. For those attending services, the Walker family kindly requested that social distancing is observed and that face coverings are worn.
The family wishes to express thanks to Encompass Home Health Care and Hospice and all of the family and friends who stayed by her side to keep vigil in her final days. As the rock of her family, she will be missed dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations go to Clark County FCE Show-Me Club. You are invited to share your memories of Karen and leave a condolence at www.wilsontriplett.com