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Service for Mary Jane Karr will be 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at Westside Holiness Church, Bro. Darrell Meadow will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 1-8 p.m., family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Mary passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15 at her home with her family by her side. She was 74.
Born Aug. 18, 1942 in Claremore to Raymond and Martha (Hendrix) Riley, Mary received her education first in Claremore, thru the 11th grade, then graduated from high school at Oologah. On Dec. 28, 1962 she married Tom Karr in a Claremore ceremony. The couple made their home here in the Claremore area, together raising their family. Mary worked as a nurses aid at St. John Hospital and later in Claremore Hospital. She also worked as a cook with the Foyil Schools, retiring there in 2001.
Mary had several hobbies that included gardening, crocheting drawing and reading. She also loved square dancing, an interest she shared with Tom. Family came first in Mary's life and she took great care of them. Her extended family and friends were also recipients of her kind and caring love. The holidays were special to Mary, having her family around was most comforting.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Holly Schumacher and her brother John Riley.
Those family members that survive include her husband Tom of the home; her sons Landon Karr and wife Tommie, John Karr and wife Stephanie; her siblings Barbara Marlin, Bill Riley and wife Shelly, Linda Shrum and Rose Dewitt; her grandchildren Thomas, Shanowa, Dillon, Skyler, Charlie, Riki, Jeremy, Jesse, Shawn, Mark and Shelly; her great grandchildren Trinity, Ross, Hunter, Keira, Shaleen, Alex, Colby, Sara and Brittany.
Sign and view Mary's online tribute at www.mmsfuneralhomes.com
Published on November 16, 2016
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