Orea Lee Karnes, 93, of Mt. Vernon, died on March 27, 2014, at 9:50 a.m. at her home.
She was born on Jan. 12, 1921, in Moorehouse, Mo., the daughter of Charles Henry and Ora Alice (Maddox) Bradshaw.
On July 4, 1947, in St. Louis, she married Raymond James Karnes and he survives in Mt. Vernon.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by six children, Paula Williams and husband Jim of Mt. Vernon, Mary Karnes of Florida, Pat Dugger and husband Kenny of Mt. Vernon, Ray Karnes Jr. and wife Pauleta of Mt. Vernon, Millie Beasley and husband Jim of Mt. Vernon and William Mike (Gus) Karnes of Mt. Vernon; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren with four more on the way; and one sister, Mildred Beaman of Pevely, Mo.
She was preceded in death by 13 brothers and three sisters.
Mrs. Karnes was a homemaker and was an original “Rosie the Riveter” for McDonald Douglas during World War II riveting airplane wings. She graduated from Moorehouse High School and enjoyed flowers, family, neighbors, John Wayne movies, Eddy Arnold music, puzzles and mole hunting. As the neighborhood champion mole hunter, Tolle Road neighbors and friends along with shocked passersby would see her in the yard dressed in her housecoat packing a pistol or rifle as she hunted the moles, racking up 31 mole in one season. As per her request, her body was cremated and no services will be held.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donation be made to the Shrine’s Hospital for Children and be sent to the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix at P.O. Box 130, Dix, IL 62830
Online condolences may be made at www.osbornfuneralhomeinc.com