Karen Sue Reil a seventy-three year old Fairland resident passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Freeman Health System in Joplin. She was born on January 17, 1945 in Sabetha, Kan. to Stanley and Dollie Fields George, who precedes her in passing. While in El Monte, Calif., she married her husband, Jack Reil, of fifty-four years, on October 4, 1963. They later moved to Fairland where they raised their family. She kept herself busy working in the community, which included, but not limited to, serving as City Clerk at Fairland, cooking for the Fairland Senior Citizens, and was a caretaker for folks that needed her help. She and Jack attended Fairland First Assembly of God where she was involved in teaching Missionettes, was choir director for many years and sang in a quartet – The Glory Bound Singers. Karen was surrounded by music all her life and loved that she was able to share that with her children. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, quilting, cooking and spoiling her grandchildren.
Surviving family includes her husband Jack Reil of the home; her children, Jack Reil Jr. and his wife Kelli of Elgin, Okla., Kathy Gleidt and her husband Warren of Fairland, Kim Tippit and her husband Darren of Miami, Kelly Parker and her husband Paul of Bedford, Texas and Jeremy Reil and his wife Danelle of Tulsa; her sisters, Janelle Thomas, Sandra Carlisle and Diane Batts; her grandchildren, Aaron Gleidt, Andrew Reil, Greg Tippit, John Reil, Timothy Parker, Ashlyn Gleidt Clark, Jennifer Tippit Estep, Hannah Parker, Kalei Reil, Nathaniel Parker and Jazlynn Reil; her five great grandchildren, along with other relatives and her many friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairland.
There will be a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018 at First Assembly of God in Fairland with Reverend Jackie Crafton officiating. Interment will follow at the Fairland Cemetery under the care of Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairland.
Friends and family may send the family notes of encouragement by viewing Karen’s Tribute Page at www.brown-winters.com.