Karen Lea Fosse, Aug. 10, 1950 -- Nov. 28, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Karen Lea Fosse, 61, of Washburn, Mo., passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Nov. 28. She was born in Houston, Texas, August 10, 1950, to Edward Corson and Mary Elizabeth (Strasding) Corson. She graduated from high school in Houston, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree at Missouri Southern in Joplin.

On May 11, 1979, she was united in marriage with Taylor Fosse at their home in Washburn.

Karen was a teacher in the Elementary and Secondary Education for 19 years. She taught in Wheaton, Exeter, Jenkins, Jane, and McDonald County, in Missouri and Springdale, Arkansas. Every summer for the past nine years she traveled to Hawaii and taught Special Education. She was awarded the EPA4-State Region Teacher of the Year, as well as the Missouri Soil and Conservation Teacher of the Year.

Karen was the creator and presenter of Aunt LuLu Enviromental Queen of the Planet program. She was an avid art and music lover, performing at the Art Fest Show in Springfield for more than 10 years.

Karen is survived by her husband, Taylor, of Washburn, Mo.; one daughter, Tacy Fosse Sierra, and her husband, Cui, of Neosho, Mo.; three sons, Kaylor Fosse, of Washburn; Chad Fosse, and his wife, Lindsey, of Washburn; and Matthew Fosse, and his wife, Desere, of Rogers, Ark.; her father, Edward Corson, of Payson, Ariz.; one sister, Diane Snead, of Aurora, Colo., three brothers, Mark Corson of Arizona, Steve Corson of Utah, and Kendrick Francis; seven grandchildren.

After being told that her daughter had died, Karen's mother passed away quietly in Rogers, Ark.

Friends of Karen will hold a Memorial Benefit at Chelsea's in Eureka Springs, Arkansas on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 12 noon.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of White Funeral Home, Cassville, Mo.

Benefit at Chelsea's

Make your Christmas count this year. Come shop at Chelsea's on Saturday, Dec. 10 from noon to 11 p.m. There is a huge memorial benefit for Karen Fosse, AKA Aunt LuLu, Environmental Queen of the Ozarks. Karen was a mucisian and teacher and traveled all over the region with her recycling and environmental campaign. Karen died of liver cancer on Nov. 29, and her family will receive proceeds from this benefit.

A silent and live auction will be held with a huge selection of art, jewelry, handmade crafts and various donated items from TVs to Razorback tickets. Over 17 band will play throughout the day.