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Karen Lea Miskimins, 77, of Ottumwa, died at 1:30 p.m. April 10, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
She was born June 2, 1940 in Creston to Fay Dean and Helen Darlene Henry Clark. She married Merle L. Miskimins on November 1, 1958 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.
Karen was a graduate of Coon Rapids High School. She had worked at St. Joseph Hospital and Ottumwa Regional Health Center retiring as Environmental Service Supervisor.
She was a volunteer at Good Samaritan. Karen enjoyed walking and water aerobics, loved to sew, was a good cook and liked tending to her flowers. She had walked in "Race for the Cure", and enjoyed her dog, Brandy.
Surviving is her husband, Merle; her children, Cindy (John) Armbruster of Cedar Rapids, Deb (Scott) Jones and Kenny Miskimins both of Ottumwa; grandchildren, Matthew Saylor of Cedar Rapids Jessica (Mike) Cain and Melia (Ken) Mura both of Ottumwa and Alicia Mobley of Agency; great-grandchildren, Michael Cain of Ottumwa, Alex Saylor and Macie Saylor both of Cedar Rapids, Lauren Cain, Megan Cain, Leah Mura and Lane Mura all of Ottumwa; sisters and brother, Kay Rudolph of Audubon, Janice Charleson of Thompson, Diana Thomas of Garden Grove, Pam Orndorff of Chariton, Larry Clark of Colorado.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Miskimins; a granddaughter, Christina Saylor; her father, Fay Dean Clark and her mother and step-father, Helen and Lee Braby.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Jeremy Skinner officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.
Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Friday with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa for Serenity Glen (Alzheimer's Unit).
Published on April 11, 2018
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