KAREN SUE COOPER DEVORE
Karen Sue (Cooper) DeVore passed away Saturday, July 24, 2021, at St. Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, at the age of 79.
Karen was born the fourth of six children, August 2, 1941, on the family farm south of Humphreys, Missouri, to Harold D Cooper and Dorothy Mae (Phillips) Cooper.
She was united in marriage to Dorence Alva DeVore on April 9,1960 at the Mt. Zion Church in Humphreys, Missouri.
They then moved to the family farm east of Browning where they raised cattle until his death on April 11, 2009, just after 49 years of marriage. Karen retired after thirty-three years of service as the Associate Circuit Court Clerk for Linn County on July 29,2011. She continued to live on the farm until moving in 2017 to Warrensburg, Missouri to be closer to family.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Browning, Missouri where she and Dorence taught Sunday School and were active members for many years. Karen shared and lived out her faith in many ways that have touched us all.
She enjoyed the opportunity to go fishing and loved to read or watch a good western. She was always up to date on current events, trends, and technology. She had many hidden talents like drawing, and teaching herself how to play the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica by ear. She loved watching sports of all kinds but especially basketball, football, and baseball. Karen looked forward to visiting with friends and family on the phone through texts and face time. She was a role model of faith, strength, and love for all of us. Her quick wit and humor will be greatly missed.
Karen is survived by her daughters, Dana Lynn Shipley and husband Rick, Grain Valley, Missouri, and Elaine Hebensperger and husband Randy, Warrensburg, Missouri; four grandchildren, Charles Shipley and wife Christy, Kearney, Missouri, Jeffrey Shipley, Blue Springs, Missouri, Morgan Hebensperger, Warrensburg, Missouri and Mariah Cupp and husband Mateo, Warrensburg, Missouri; one great-granddaughter, Adalynn Shipley, Kearney, Missouri; one sister, Mary Grothe, and brother-in-law Larry, Wheeling, Missouri; one brother Roger Cooper, Humphreys, Missouri; sister-in-law, Doris Cooper, West Plains, Missouri; sisters-in law Martha Burns, Brookfield, Missouri, Arlene DeVore, Purdin, Missouri, Betty DeVore, Purdin, Missouri, and Avalee Smith and brother-in-law Bill, Alpena, Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents, two sisters; Phyllis Forson and JoAnn Stinnett, one brother, Vernon Cooper, seven brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law preceded her in death.
Funeral services for Karen will be held 1:00 PM, Friday, August 6, 2021 at the Browning Baptist Church in Browning, Missouri. Burial will follow at the Purdin Cemetery. A visitation is scheduled for an hour prior to the service, starting at 12:00 Noon. Schoene- Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Purdin Cemetery or the Browning Baptist Church.