Karen Marie Leighty, daughter of the late Albert and Evelyn (Scheets) Snyder, was born January 26, 1950, in Cabool, Missouri, and departed this life August 15, 2021, at her home in Texas County, Missouri. She was 71 years, six months, and 20 days of age.
She grew up in Texas County and was united in marriage to Evert Leighty on June 4, 1967, in Huggins, Missouri. Two sons were born to this union.
Karen was a retired registered nurse who had worked in the health care profession for nearly 30 years. She was also advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) certified and taught the certification classes for doctors at Fort Leonard Wood. Nursing was her passion. She was good at her job and was dedicated to being the best at it.
She also enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends. Her greatest passion in life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always looked forward to spending time with them and spoiling them as only a loving grandmother can do.
Karen was saved and baptized at a young age. She was a member of New Rock Springs Free Will Baptist Church. She enjoyed helping with vacation Bible school when possible. She was always a very giving person. It didn’t matter who it was, if she thought they were hungry or in need of clothes she made sure they had it.
Karen is survived by her husband, Evert Leighty of the home; two sons, David Leighty and wife Janett and Daniel Leighty and wife Tabitha, all of Cabool; eight grandchildren, Seth Leighty and wife Emily, Levi Leighty and wife Brittany, Elyi Leighty, Hannah Price and husband Michael, Payton Leighty, Nevada Leighty, Christopher Leighty, and Orrin Leighty; eight great-grandchildren, Carly Leighty, Caylea Leighty, Celscee Leighty, Kayden Leighty, Konnor Leighty, Kohl Leighty, Asher Leighty, and Briar Price; four brothers, Darrell Snyder and wife Pat, Jerry Snyder and wife Sondra, Jim Snyder and wife Nancy, and Kirby Snyder; one sister, Burma Barton; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.
Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021, in Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home of Mountain Grove, Missouri. Rev. Gene Crewse served as officiant. Special songs were “On The Wings of A Dove,” “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Is Our God.” Serving as pallbearers were Seth Leighty, Levi Leighty, Elyi Leighty, Payton Leighty, Nevada Leighty, Christopher Leighty, Orrin Leighty, and Michael Price. Burial was in Rock Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home. Family has requested memorial contributions be made to Three Rivers Hospice.