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Karen Sue Lawson, 55, passed away on July 26, 2017, at home, in Springfield, Mo.
Karen was born on July 4, 1962, in Parsons, Kan., to Chester and Betty Revell. Karen graduated from Labette County High School and received her BS in Business from Missouri Southern State University. After working in development and marketing for nearly 20 years, Karen purchased Roy's Costume Shop, in Joplin, Mo. Karen served on the board of directors for the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Joplin, and volunteered for numerous local organizations.
Karen is survived by her two children, Matthew Ryan Lawson and his wife, Mallory, of Springfield, and Megan Elizabeth Crain and her husband, Stephen, of Durham, N.C. She is also survived by her mother, Betty Revell-Schmid, of Parsons; her brother, Robert Revell, of Parsons; and three sisters, Kay Alderman, of Parsons, Jane Gordon, of Central Point, Ore.; and Gail Billman, of Altamont, Kan. She also leaves behind a grandson, Luke. Karen was loved by many, and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 29, at 4 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home South, on West Battlefield, in Springfield. A visitation will precede the service at 3 p.m.
The family ask that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the following organizations: Springfield Little Theater (in care of Beth Domann, 311 East Walnut Street, Springfield, MO 65806), the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (in care of Donations, PO Box 490, Van Buren, MO 63965), or the American Cancer Society.
Published on July 28, 2017
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