Karen Pippins, daughter of the late Alta Phillips Gordon and Kyle Gordon, was born on March 31, 1957, in Nevada, Mo., and died on Nov. 19, 2011, at the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., at the age of 54.
Mrs. Pippins was a retired teacher in the Dexter Public School System for 30 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Dexter, Women of Faith, a member of the Stoddard County Retired Teachers Association, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, Stoddard County Relay for Life, Missouri State Teachers Association, and was the first recipient of the Dexter Chamber of Commerce 2009 Educator of the Year. She was a resident of Dexter.
On Sept. 4, 1982, she was united in marriage to William Bill Pippins Jr. in Nevada. Mr. Pippins survives of their home in Dexter.
Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Matthew G. Pippins of Dexter; by one sister, Kelly Wrenn of Stockton, Mo.; by one sister-in-law, Nancy Rogers of Warrensburg, Mo., and by two nieces, Megan Gray of Kansas City, Mo., and Amanda Corbett of Warrensburg, Mo.
Friends could call at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m., in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter with Dr. Larry Colvin and the Rev. Phil Warren officiating. Interment followed in the Chalk Bluff Cemetery.
The family has requested that memorials be made to one of the following: 18 Fore Life, in care of Scott Kruse, 705 Laurie Circle, Dexter, MO 63841; American Cancer Society; First Christian Church Memorial Fund, 224 East Stoddard Street, Dexter, MO 63841; or Karen Pippins Scholarship at Dexter R- 11 Public School, 1031 Brown Pilot Road, Dexter, MO 63841.