PEORIA - Karen Yvonne Reed, 54, of Peoria died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 3:45 p.m. at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center emergency room in Peoria.
She died doing what she loved on a beautiful day - riding of the back of a motorcycle, enjoying nature.
She was born Feb. 1, 1958, in Raleigh, N.C., to Howard Charles and Marjorie Harris Tibbals. She married Stephen A. Reed on June 4, 1983, in Peoria. He survives.
Also surviving are one son, Austin M. Reed of Muskegon, Mich.; her mother, Marjorie Kagels of Peoria; her father and stepmother, Howard and Janice Tibbals of Longboat Key, Fla.; three brothers, David (Karen) Tibbals of Winchester, Tenn., Jeffry (Delora) Tibbals of Oneida, Tenn., and Timothy (Dawn) Tibbals of Wadsworth, Ill.; two sisters, Tracey (Don) Stansberry of Huntsville, Tenn., and Glenda (Chris) Gray of Peachtree Corners, Ga.; three nephews; and six nieces.
Karen was preceded in death by her grandparents.
She graduated from Oneida High School as valedictorian and went on to graduate from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., Class of 1980, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in art.
She held positions throughout her professional life in art and graphic design. She was a fantastic artist. For the past several years, Karen had been a sales associate for Sheridan Road Nursery, sharing her knowledge and love of plants and flowers with many.
She was an active member of the Tri-County Tropical Fish Society and a volunteer at P.A.W.S.
She was a member of Church of Christ Northwest in Peoria.
Karen's final humanitarian gesture was organ and tissue donation. She will be missed by her family, friends and neighbors.
A celebration-of-life service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2012, at The Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. Cremation rites will be accorded. Burial of cremated remains will take place at Mossop Cemetery in Huntsville, Tenn., at a later date.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.wiltonmortuary.com.
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