Mrs. Karen Kay Tarrants Henderson, 76, of Pleasant Hill, Ill., died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Mo. Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana, Mo. The Rev. Don Hannel officiated. Burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville, Mo. Visitation was from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 at the funeral home.
Karen was born on July 31, 1944 in Louisiana, Mo., to Albert B. Tarrants and Lucille Lynn Tarrants. She was married to James Robert “Bob” Henderson on July 28, 1962, at the First Christian Church in Louisiana, Mo.
She is survived by two sons, David Henderson (Cathy), and Robert “Shane” Henderson (Taylor Preston), a daughter, Rita Hollocher (Kenny), grandchildren, Jamie Henderson (Charlotte), Derrick Henderson (Sara Eimer), Ashley Hollocher (Nate Cecil), Vince Hollocher, Aaron Hollocher, Dylan Henderson (Jasmine McCullough), and Maddy Henderson (Mac Baladenski), great grandchildren, Jasen Henderson, Janessa Henderson, and Abraham Cecil, as well as nieces, nephews, other extended family, and friends.
Her parents, her husband, a brother, Jack Tarrants, a step-brother, Charles Fischer, three sisters, Peggy Sitzes, Pat Greenwood, and an infant sister, and two granddaughters, Chasity Henderson and Melissa Henderson.
Karen grew up on 5th Street in Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana High School with the Class of 1962. After high school, she married and moved to Pleasant Hill where she raised her family.
She worked at Walmart in Louisiana and Stark Bros. until retiring. After retirement, she spent the winter months camping in southern Texas. They enjoyed driving and camping across Canada and Alaska and had made it all the way to the Arctic Circle. She enjoyed camping and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member and deacon of the First Christian Church in Louisiana, Mo.
She lost the love of her life on Oct. 1, 2020, when Bob died. Bob and Karen had 58 wonderful years together. They are greatly loved and both will be missed.
Memorials may be made to the Louisiana Alumni and Friends Association in care of the funeral home.