Karen F. Harding

January 27, 1945 ~ February 18, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Karen Harding Obituary

Karen F. Harding, a long-time resident of Cedarcreek, Missouri, died peacefully at her home on February 18, 2024.  She was a fierce and loyal friend and confidant who will be missed by so many.

Karen is survived by her husband of 19 years, James R. Harding of the home; brothers Robert H. Falkenberg (Estela) of Watsonville, California and Kenneth Falkenberg (Cindy) of Morrison, Colorado; stepdaughters Shannon Juett (Phillip) of Dallas, Texas, and Tracy Long (John) of Fort Smith, Arkansas; nieces Chris Krutsche (Ralph) of Littleton, Colorado, Kathy Falkenberg of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and Jill Patrilla (Steve) of Littleton, Colorado; great nieces Kloe Cauble, Kenzie Cunningham, and Megan Patrilla and their families; and granddaughters Gabrielle and Natalie Juett.  In addition to many close and lifelong friends, she also leaves behind two of her very best companions, Jesse, a black lab and Cali, a muted calico cat.  She is preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter Haley Long.

Karen was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 27, 1945 to Harry and Margaret (Slapinski) Falkenberg, and she grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin and master’s degree in social work from SUNY Stony Brook.  After living on the west coast for a few years, she moved overseas, living in Abu Dhabi over four years and Muscat, Sultanate of Oman for eight years. 

She moved to Cedarcreek to be near her parents in the early 1990’s and built a home on Bull Shoals Lake.  While in Cedarcreek she worked as the Librarian for Chase Studios for many years.  In time, she met Jim, and they were married in 2004.  She loved to travel and experience other cultures, and she and Jim continued those travels during their time together.  From Alaska to Cambodia to South Africa to Peru, Karen enjoyed sights and sounds from all around the world.

Wherever Karen lived or traveled, she enjoyed good food, good wine, good movies, and good books.  Karen was an avid reader and was eager to share her best finds with others.

In the months before her passing, Karen checked a number of items off her bucket list including horseback riding, zip lining, and sky diving.  She talked with long-distance friends frequently and gathered with local friends as often as she could.   She loved her friends deeply, and we appreciate the circle of support she’s had for so many years, especially the last few.

In lieu of a formal service, a drop-in visitation for the local community will be held at Snapp-Bearden Forsyth Chapel in Forsyth on Saturday, March 2 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Final interment will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, Karen asked that memorial donations be made to one of two organizations that were very meaningful to her: Cedarcreek Fire Protection District, PO Box 135, Cedarcreek, Missouri 65627 or Ozarks Food Harvest, PO Box 5746, Springfield, MO  65801.

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March 2, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Snapp-Bearden Forsyth Chapel
16560 U.S. Hwy 160
Forsyth, MO 65653


Cedarcreek Fire Protection District
P. O. Box 135, Cedarcreek MO 65627

Ozarks Food Harvest
P. O. Box 5746, Springfield MO 65801


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