Karen D. Moulder – Lee’s Summit Tribune


September 19, 1949 ~ October 15, 2021

Karen Dianne Moulder

Karen Dianne Moulder, 72, of Blue Springs, Missouri, formerly of Lee’s Summit, was born September 19, 1949 in Springfield, Missouri, daughter of Lee W. and Pauline G. (Tummons) Highfill. She left this life on Friday October 15, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs surrounded by love and family.

Karen graduated in 1967 from Lee’s Summit High School. She worked at Western Electric while attending Central Missouri State University Teachers’ College, from where she obtained her teaching certificate. She then obtained her Master of Science in Education.

On July 5, 1981, she was married to Gary Miachel Moulder at Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Karen has been a teacher for 30 years, during which time she has enriched the lives of hundreds of students. Most of her career has been spent as a first grade teacher in the Pleasant Hill R-III School District. She retired after the 2003-2004 school year. She was an active member of the Abundant Life Church at Lee’s Summit. She and Gary attended the Cracked Pots Sunday School class and she enjoyed getting together with a group of other retired Pleasant Hill teachers, affectionately known as Old Hens. She loved her church, traveling, cooking and trying new recipes, and cheering on the Kansas City Royals. She loved spending time with her family and dear friends. She was a true example of servant leadership, frequently preparing meals for those who were sick, elderly, or disabled, leading people to appointments, lending a sympathetic ear, and serving in widows and children’s ministries.

Karen was predeceased by her parents and three siblings, Beverly Peterson, Jerry Highfill, and Pamela Jenkins.

She is survived by her husband, Gary of the household; her children and grandchildren; Eric Moulder and his son, Matthew of Clearwater, Fla., Erin (and Aaron) Dunn and their children, Tyler and Lilly of Blue Springs, and Allicia (and George) Girvan and their children, Caleb and Joshua of Zionsville, Indiana, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Visitations will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The funeral will be on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Phil Hopper will officiate. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The coffin bearers are Aaron Dunn, George Girvan, Tyler Dunn, Caleb Girvan, Joshua Girvan and Dustin Highfill. The honorary casket bearer is Kenneth Moulder.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Abundant Life Church and may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Arrangements: Stanley-Edenburn Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550.

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