Obituary of Karen (Ivie) Adams – Memphis Democrat
Karen June (Ivie) Adams born May 5, 1944 died comfortably in her own home on June 24, 2022 in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 78 due to surgical complications.
Karen June (Ivie) Adams was born at West Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Lt. Armand Lewis Ivie and June La Vaughn (Jones) Ivie. Karen moved to Memphis, Missouri at age 7, joining the home of her uncle and aunt, Justice Birney O. Reeves and Mrs. Lois Reeves, until she graduated from high school. . His maternal grandfather,
Dr. Howard Oswald Jones of Omaha, Nebraska also maintained an important continuing role in his education.
During her years in Memphis, Karen was baptized and a member of The United Methodist Church of Memphis. Karen loved to reminisce about her upbringing in the small rural community of Memphis where she worked alongside her aunt at the family’s local Dairy Queen and in high school played both as a babysitter and occasionally on the basketball team. . Also in high school and her early college years, Karen was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.
After graduating in 1962 from Memphis High School, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. While pursuing her undergraduate studies, Karen married William Stuart Adams, also of Memphis, Missouri. Karen transferred to the University of Missouri, Columbia for her final two years and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Art. Then life moved on and she started teaching 3rd Grade for the nearby Harrisburg, Missouri Public School District. The subjects she enjoyed teaching the most were reading, writing, spelling and speaking.
Karen and Bill had two children, Sonya Beth and Rachel Lynn. In 1974 the family moved from Columbia, Missouri to La Plata, Missouri, and Karen was a busy wife, mother, and charming homemaker. When the girls were older, Karen worked as a receptionist at area hospitals, then became a dental assistant employed as an office manager in the
La Plata Dental Clinic of Dr. AS Barber, DDS, and she continued to work in the clinics in her area for 12-15 years.
Karen and Bill divorced in 1992, but remained friends over the years, and Karen moved to Springfield, Missouri. She was first employed in Springfield as a recruiter at an employment agency for 12 years, then for her final 17 years as an insurance records management and retention specialist for accounts. individual and commercial at a local insurance brokerage.
Karen liked to smile and laugh. Her smile was beautiful and her laugh was unique and contagious, easily identifiable in a crowd. She loved to swing dance, decorate her house and work in her garden. She enjoyed attending auctions and exploring flea markets, as well as running her own stall. And, Karen was very artistic. Her favorite color was orange and she had a wonderful talent for making her home bright, beautiful and unique.
Sonya, his eldest daughter, also lived in Springfield and has been by his side daily as a daughter and best friend for the past 30 years. Karen has 3 grandchildren: Nate, Katie and Delaney Richardson from Rachel’s marriage to her husband, Jim Richardson, all residing in Macon, Missouri. Karen was predeceased by her father, aunt, grandfather, uncle, and mother in that order.
An intimate private gathering will be held in the near future to honor Karen’s life at the Springfield Botanical Gardens in the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.
Memorials in his name may be donated to the PEACE BY THE PEOPLE PAVILION.
Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park and Botanical Gardens