Karen Elaine Laughlin-Hicks

June 26, 1954 - December 06, 2021

Karen Elaine Laughlin-Hicks

June 26, 1954 - December 06, 2021


aka Karen E Laughlin

Karen Elaine Hicks passed away on December 6, 2021 after a short illness.  Karen was born June 26, 1954 in St. James, Missouri to Russell W. and V. Maxine Jones, who preceded her in death.  She is survived by her husband Tony Hicks, a stepson Caleb and stepdaughter Tabytha Hicks.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry B. Laughlin, and is also survived by a stepdaughter, Janie Stentz of Omaha, Nebraska;  one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Ellie Jones of Iberia, Missouri, one sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Rick Gelsheimer of Springfield, Missouri, two nephews, Jay Jones of Osage Beach, Missouri and Zeb Jones of Big Rock, Tennessee, extended family of cousins, aunt and uncle.  She was a bright star in the lives of her family, friends, and coworkers.  The wounds of loss will be forever felt.


She was a graduate of Dixon High School, Dixon, Missouri and spent most of her working career in the oil and gas exploration field.  Karen enjoyed fishing and boating on the lake, and cooking out with family and friends.  She was currently employed by Petro Ledger of Tulsa.


The body will be cremated under the direction of Butler-Stumpff & Dyer, Tulsa, OK.   A celebration of life is being planned in early 2022.


Although Karen never had children, she dearly loved her step-children and had a soft spot in her heart for all children.   Donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital would honor Karen’s memory.

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2 responses to Karen Elaine Laughlin-Hicks

  1. Cherie Poe says:

    I have the honor to call Karen my best friend for 47 years. She became my roommate while I was going to college and she was working fulltime in Springfield, Missouri. She was two years older than me, so I always looked up to her as my big sister — my family of choice. I couldn't have been blessed with a better friend. God was smiling on me the day he brought her into my life, that's for sure! She was not only a loyal, loving, caring friend, but a ton of fun, to boot! We could bring each other to tears with laughter! She was ALWAYS there for me, no matter what. There aren't to many people on this earth that I can say that about — she was definitely on the top of that list! I could go on for days about Karen's admirable qualities, but if you're here reading this — then you knew Karen and you already know that about her. It was a total honor and privilege to be her best friend all these years. I'm doing my best to live in gratitude for the time I had with her, but selfishly in my grief — I want more!!! Karen, please find Moon up there and have a blast. Please save a spot for me. I'll see you soon my dear friend. Thanks for all the love, laughter and memories. You're the best! Love, Cherie, your "other" sister

  2. My heart & prayers go out to Karen’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Karen at PetroLedger. She was a diligent employee who always exceeded expectations. May she Rest In Peace & her family find comfort in knowing that she in the hands of God now. 

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