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Karen (Sanders) Conley

Karen Yvonne (Sanders) Conley, 64, of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2011, at her home.

She was born in Ava, Missouri, on August 5, 1946, the daughter of Loren and Beulah (Vaughn) Sanders.

She lived by Turkey Creek and attended Rock House School until her sixth grade year when the country schools all merged into the Ava school system. Karen’s childhood was happy and she enjoyed working and playing with her siblings Eddie, Steve and Joann.

Karen left home, married and had three children, Doug, Kitty and Joe. They all brought her great joy and she raised them to love God, family and country just as she did.

After raising her children for many years, she started working for the Mansfield school system and then the Mountain Grove school system, where she held several different positions until her retirement in 2009.

Karen lived and traveled in many places from coast to coast, but the main three places she lived were Ava, Macomb and Mountain Grove, Missouri. She always said that there wasn’t any place quite like the Ozarks and “The Ozarks will always be home to me.”

After retirement, Karen began her journey with cancer and went through two years of living with it before going on to her heavenly home.

Karen was preceded in death by her mother, Beulah Vaughn Sanders-Henley; her son, Doug Henley-Conley, and her brother, Steve Sanders.

She is survived by her father, Loren Sanders of Davenport, Iowa; her husband, Bill Conley of the home; her daughter, Katherine Lane and husband Jim of Mtn. Grove; her son, Joe Conley and wife Melissa of Ava; her granddaughters, Alissa Lane and Shanna Lane of Mtn. Grove; her brother, Eddie Sanders and wife Sharon of Ava; and her sister, Joann Welker and husband Rod of Ava.

Karen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, always putting the needs of everyone else before her own. She leaves many fond memories in the hearts of her loved ones and many wonderful family members and friends who will all miss her dearly.

A celebration of life service was at 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 1, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Mtn. Grove with Rev. Jerry Arnold officiating. Interment was in Mansfield City Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to Three Rivers Hospice or Douglas County Historical Society, c/o the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

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