Karen was born in Mocane, Okla. on June 1, 1940 to Irene and Woodrow Eubank. She attended grades 1-12 in the Forgan, Okla. school system. In September of 1958, she attended Panhandle A&M College in Goodwell, Okla. While researching a history paper on April 7, 1959 in the library, she met Darrell Jones, a student from Ulysses, Kan. After a short courtship, they married on Aug. 28, 1959. They began a wonderful ride through life. Darrell transferred to Wichita University in June 1961, and Karen began managing the silverware department at Innes Department Store.
In May of 1963, her life took a bold step forward when Darrell joined the Air Force in lieu of being drafted into the Army. Karen moved to San Antonio in July so she would be close to Darrell and she pinned 2nd Lt. Bars on him on Aug. 6, 1963. For the next 27 plus years, she was an Air Force Officer’s wife. She served twice as 1st Vice President of the Officers Wives Club and once as President; and was listed in Who’s Who for her volunteer work of managing the Officers Wives Club thrift shop at three different bases. In March 1966, her first son Craig, arrived and in August 1968, her second son Chris completed the family. Karen became an expert home decorator to support the 26 different homes she had to decorate. She also found time to manage her Antique booths for 13 years. She made a difference in the lives of every acquittance.
Karen loved to travel. She lived in nine different states and two countries, Spain and Jordan. She visited all 50 states and 11 countries. The last 40 years of her life she fought through several different medical problems, never letting her problems stop her from being a wonderful wife, mother and friend.
She is survived by her husband, Darrell Jones of Pecan Plantation, Texas; son Craig Jones and wife Astrid of Benbrook, Texas; and son Chris Jones and wife Antina of Wahoo, Neb.; and grandchildren, Andrew Jones and wife Maddie, Adam Jones, Clara Jones and Caroline Jones, as well as Courtney Jones and fiancé Nathan, Marcus Jones and Kylee Jones. She is also survived by her sister, Kay Gillen, niece Julie Gillen and nephew Randy Gillen of Fort Collins, Colo. and several other cousins and great cousins.
The family asks that donations be made to the Pecan Plantation EMS in lieu of flowers. The celebration of life will take place at the Pecan Plantation Country Club on May 19, 2019 at 2 p.m.