Graveside services for Karen Fouch of Riverview, Fla., formerly of Perry, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established in Karen’s name and may be left or sent to Murdock Funeral Home. Karen passed away peacefully Friday, June 2, 2017 in rural Bouton, Iowa, surrounded by people that love her, in the house in which she was raised.

Karen Sue was born on Aug. 21, 1952, and grew up in the rural Bouton/Minburn area on a farm with her parents, Lester Keith and Lois A. (Peters) Modlin and her two younger siblings. She graduated from Perry High School. In 1969, Karen married the love of her life, Jerry Fouch. They faithfully spent the next 47 years together, never leaving each other’s side. They raised four children, Lisa, Kelly, Zoe, and Nathan, and have seven grandchildren. During their marriage, they experienced many adventures and lived in numerous places throughout the country until finally ending up on the farm where it all started.

Words cannot truly capture Karen’s beauty, both inside and out. After spending a few minutes with Karen, it was obvious she was someone special. She never met a stranger and once you met her, you quickly discovered she was impossible not to love. She lived her life selflessly in joy, love and generosity. Those she worked with lovingly referred to her as “Mama K” and frequently relied on her steady voice and sage advice. No matter what was happening in her life, whatever the challenge, Karen always had a smile on her face and lit up every room she entered.

Karen touched countless lives and took every opportunity to help others, but the thing in this world that meant most was her family. She loved nothing more than being a mother and grandmother. Our loss is heaven’s gain. She will be deeply missed, but take comfort knowing she is with her Lord and savior shining down on us.

Survivors include her husband Jerry Fouch of Riverview, Fla.; two sons Kelly (Jill) Fouch of College Station, Texas and Nathan Fouch of Des Moines, Iowa; two daughters Lisa (Terry) Blair of Diamond Head Lake, Dexter, Iowa and Zoe (Chris) Mars of Diamond Head Lake, Dexter, Iowa; one brother David Modlin of Bouton, Iowa; one sister Jane (Randy) Knudtson of West Des Moines, Iowa and seven grandchildren.