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.