She was born Oct. 21, 1952, in Cape Girar-deau, daughter of Hurshel and Jean Richard-son Camren. She and Mark Illers were married April 19, 1975 at New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson.
Karen graduated from Advance High School in 1970 and attended the Cape Girardeau Business College. She worked in the office and was a bookkeeper and secretary for Delta Companies since 1971, formerly SEMO Stone Companies. She was a member of New McKendree UMC, where she formerly taught Sunday school. Karen was a former Girl Scout Leader and loved children, cats, and NASCAR.
Loving survivors include her husband of 36 years; two daughters, Jennifer (LeRoy) Beard of Farmington and Lacey Illers of Henderson , Ky.; a granddaughter, Kailey Beard; and a sister, Cindy Manuel of Advance, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 from 4-8 p.m. at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, Mo.
Funeral service will be Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jimmie Corbin officiating.
Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, Mo.