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Karen Renae Larson

Karen Larson, age 49, of Mena, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at her home.

She was born December 7, 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the late Quinton Larson and Katherine Jordahl Larson. She was united in marriage to Michael Thompson, her husband of 21 years. Karen comes from a long line of educators and she valued education intensely. She loved her students and felt only through education could they rise above, no matter their individual circumstances and she tried to instill that in each student. Karen was a true free spirit, always ready for an adventure but remained grounded. She was a classically trained pianist and an accomplished vocalist. She loved sewing, crafts and she was a great homemaker. Above all, her children were the love of her life.

Survivors are:

Husband: Michael Thompson of Mena, Arkansas

Son: Christopher Thompson of Mena, Arkansas

Daughter: Annika Thompson of Mena, Arkansas

Mother: Katherine Jordahl Larson

Sister: Dr. Anne Larson-Quinn and husband Michael of Erie, Pennsylvania

Many nieces, nephews and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her father, Quinton Larson and her Aunt, Audrey Larson.

Karen will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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