Karen Lou Lee died September 7, 2023, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, at the age of 63 years 11 months 20 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at the Wadley’s Funeral Chapel, entrusted to the care of Wadley’s Funeral Service.
Karen was born on September 18, 1959, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. She was a precious daughter to John and Margaret Ballard. Growing up in Oklahoma City until the eighth grade, Karen’s family then moved to Dibble, Oklahoma, where she graduated from high school in 1977.
In 1991, Karen married Eli Lee, creating a loving home together within the Blanchard area. Karen possessed an artistic soul and found joy in painting. For some time, she worked diligently painting at United Design in Noble, Oklahoma. Karen embraced a new professional path as an insurance agent for State Farm. She displayed commitment and dedication during her tenure there for several years.
In her leisure time, Karen sought solace by embarking on fishing excursions and delighting in the thrill of catching turtles. Additionally, nurturing her yard and singing became some of her favorite pastimes. The allure of visits to the casino brought joy into Karen’s life. Moreover, she exemplified pride when it came to maintaining a clean and inviting home environment.
Most importantly though, Karen had a compassionate nature and served as a caregiver for her beloved mother after the passing of her father. Throughout her life, Karen bravely faced multiple health challenges. Despite these struggles, love for her family always remained at the center of her heart. Karen cherished every precious moment she spent with her loved ones and treasured the bonds forged with them.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margaret Ballard; her brother, John Ballard Jr.; her sister, Brenda Sue Ballard; and her grandchildren, Dominic and Allison.
Survivors include her husband, Eli Lee; her children, Tavia Toles, Tara Desrochers, Jody Staggs, Dakota Lee, Dameain Lee and Deserea Lee; her 14 grandchildren; her great-grandchild; her sister, Sheila Ballard Thornton; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.