Karen Louana Grimes

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Karen Louana Grimes, age 79, Carl Junction, Missouri, passed away early Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Webb City Health and Rehab. Karen was born on December 26, 1942, in Miami, Oklahoma the daughter of the late Bronson Edwards and Daisy (Bonner) Edwards. She was a 1960 Graduate of Miami High School, and then earned her associates degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. She married Charles Grimes on November 3, 1963, in Miami, Oklahoma he preceded her in death on March 28, 2022. Karen was a Special Education Teacher for the Carl Junction School District and then a Joplin Head Start teacher for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma and extremely proud of her Native American heritage. She enjoyed gardening, crafts, and spending time at the Carl Junction Senior Center.

Survivors include her children, Amy Muench (Danny), Carthage, Missouri, and Brian “C.B.” Grimes, Miami, Oklahoma; Grandkids, Ashley Doss (Brandon), Carl Junction, Missouri, Adrianne Grimes, Joplin, Missouri, Lane Grimes, Joplin, Missouri, and Tanner Grimes, Carthage, Missouri; great grandkids, Olivia, Carlie, Isaiah, and Chevelle.

Karen was also preceded in death by a sister, Neva Edwards; and a brother, Larry Edwards.

Graveside services will be held at 10 am, Friday, June 24, 2022, at the Ottawa Indian Cemetery Miami, Oklahoma. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday June 23, 2022, at the Knell Mortuary. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the Knell Mortuary. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.

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