Karen Sue Vickery
Karen Sue Vickery, age 75, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, formerly of Commerce, Texas, passed away on September 22, 2019, in Ironton, Missouri. She was born in August of 1944 in Cardwell, Missouri, to Herman and Ludean Clark and is survived by her husband of 51 years, James L. "Jim" Vickery; a sister, Pat Srum; brothers, Gaylon (Charlotte) Clark and Dennis (Debbie) Clark; sisters-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Benes, Byrdean Vickery, Jennie Lou White, and Carol Rinehart; along with cousins, nephews, nieces, special friends, including Jim and Sherri Layton, colleagues, and countless individuals influenced by her love and encouragement.
Karen dedicated her career to teaching children to read and to better understand and educate individuals diagnosed with dyslexia. She served in professional organizations such as IMSLEC (International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council), ALTA (Academic Language Therapy Association), The Alliance for Accreditation and Certification, and IDA (International Dyslexia Association), and was appointed by Governor Perry of Texas to the Dyslexia Interim Study Committee. Karen was recognized as a mentor by those around her and a pillar in the field of dyslexia. Her sphere of influence is far-reaching and will continue to impact the lives of many through her encouragement and selfless dedication to serving others.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 1:00 PM, at Kennett Memorial Gardens in Kennett, Missouri. A memorial service will be held at Balboa Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas (details to follow). Jim and the family request that in lieu of flowers, individuals consider a donation to either the Baptist Home in Ironton, Missouri, the ALTA Foundation, an organization where Karen served as chair of the scholarship committee or IMSLEC, where she served in several positions.
McDaniel Funeral Service of Senath, Missouri is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at mcdanielfuneralservice.com
Published on September 27, 2019


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Lisa Greb
Sep 27, 2019
She was a lovely person, and I thoroughly enjoyed teaching with her in the 80's at Greenville Intermediate School. I know she will be missed.