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Karen Kay DeVos was born October 22, 1938 in Warren County, Iowa the daughter of Orlo Franklin Taylor and Frances Izetta (McClintic) Taylor.
She was raised in the New Virginia, Ackworth and Indianola areas.  Karen graduated from Indianola High School with the Class of 1956.  One evening, while on the Knoxville square, Karen met a young man named Richard Lee DeVos.  On June 28, 1957 Karen married the love of her life, Richard DeVos, at the First Christian Church in Knoxville.  Karen was a devoted wife and stay at home Mom.  She later worked as a cook at the Attica School and then at Twin Cedars Elementary until 1979.
Karen loved the Lord and was always active in the churches in which she and Richard were members.  She always shared her talent of singing and cooking for her church and had made countless church and funeral dinners.  Karen also babysat for countless families through the years and was a volunteer receptionist at the Knoxville Senior Center.   She and Richard enjoyed wintering in Arizona from 1989- 2005 and while in Arizona, Karen enjoyed making many craft items.
Karen passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Accura Healthcare of Pleasantville, at the age of 78 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Richard on June 25, 2016, siblings; Vaneta Howell,  Nicki Ginder, Ruth Pinegar, Merrill Taylor, Orlo "Bud" Taylor, Bill Taylor, Russell Taylor and Ron Taylor.
Those left to cherish Karen's memory include her children:  Deb (Rick) Kingery of Knoxville and Darla (Jon) Whitlatch of Knoxville; 6 grandchildren:  Darin DeZwarte, Kelli (Jon) Pierce, Kerri (Derek) Christensen , Kasie (Clem) Morrison, Jarad  (Dianna) Whitlatch , Scott (Candace) Whitlatch; 6 great-grandchildren;  5 step great-grandchildren; sister, Mary DeJoode of Pleasant Hill;   in-laws:  Doris Taylor of Indianola, Ellen Taylor of Missouri, Alice Taylor of Knoxville, George Howell of California, Jack Pinegar of Pella,  Dena May Deitrick, LuEtta Martinache, Doris Smith, all of Knoxville; Emma Jean Chapman of Des Moines; Don DeVos of Lowell, Arkansas and Harold DeVos of Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law, and many other family members and friends. 
Funeral service was held at Bybee & Davis Funeral Home, Knoxville, Iowa on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Chuck DeVos, Officiating. 
Interment Greenwood Cemetery in Knoxville, Iowa.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Pella.
Published on November 23, 2016
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