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Karen Sue Armstrong, 73, of Pleasant Hill, was born August 26, 1941, in Carrollton, Missouri, the daughter of William Jennings and Cora Esther (Adkins) Doyle. She departed this life early Thursday morning on January 15, 2015, at her home surrounded with love and family.
Karen grew up in Carrollton, Missouri and Fort Madison, Iowa and then moved to Independence, Missouri. Karen was a 1959 William Chrisman High School graduate.
On January 2, 1959, she was united in marriage to Charles Frank Armstrong in Independence, Missouri.
Karen was a homemaker proudly raising her five children and many grandchildren. She was also the secretary and co-owner of Armstrong Stone Contracting for over 35 years. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed canning food from the garden. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints most all of her life. She and Charles presently are members of the Lee's Summit 3rd Ward.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers Dale Castle, Lee Castle, and Everett Castle.
She is survived by her sweetheart and best friend Charles of the home; 5 children Shelly (and Mark) Journey of Linwood, Kansas, Sherry (and Kirk) Ketcham of Overland Park, Kansas, Charles Armstrong Jr. of Pleasant Hill, Kristy (and Kent) Livingston of Broomfield, Colorado; Kelly (and Keith) Boehmke of Pleasant Hill; 12 grandchildren (Hollie, Grant, Marcus, Lindsey, Chelsey, Daniel, Meaghan, Matt, Haleigh, Steve, Jessica, and Kelsey; 6 great grandchildren (Piper, Henry, Charlotte, Caroline, Porter, Steven); 4 sisters; Linda Gordon of Littleton, Colorado, B. J. (and Phil) Nikkel of Tucson, Arizona, Janet Castle of Kansas City, Missouri, and Laurie Castle of Independence, Missouri; and other relatives and many friends.
Visitation was held Sunday, January 18, 2015, at the funeral home.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 19, 2015, at the funeral home. Family and close friends officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brian Brock, Daniel Journey, Marcus Journey, Matthew Ketcham, Steve Livingston, and Massey Sloop.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the KU Endowment, University of Kansas Comprehensive Cancer Center Designation Account and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
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