Our Loving Mother and Grandmother lost her long-fought battle with cancer on March 31, 2017. Karen was born April 23 1943 to Troy and Lunelle (Russell) Trucks of Coon Rapids, Iowa. She was a graduate of Coon Rapids High, Class of 1961 and met the love of her life, Leon Eldon Betts.


United in marriage on April 15. 1962, Karen devoted herself to raising her three children in Dawson, Iowa where she was an active member of the Dawson United Methodist Church until 1985 when they moved to Ursa, Ill. where Karen found her calling at North Adams Home in Mendon, Ill. She was very proud of her role in the activities department and time spent with her residents.


She spent her finale days at Panora Specialty Care in Panora, Iowa, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and her husband. She was survived in death by her children Chloe and (Jay) Hughes of Adel, Iowa, Leslie and (Lynda) Betts of Deltona, Florida Shauna and (Pete) Fish of Marshalltown, Iowa and her sister Martha and (Lee) Hedricks of Titusville, Fla. Five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. May these children and all that follow forever keep her alive with fond memories of our Mother and Grandmother.


Services and a Celebration of life will be held at Sportsman Park near Dawson on April 23, 2017 from Noon to 5 p.m.