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Karen Marie (Shinn) Frazier was born December 2, 1950, to Ralph and Elda (Jones) Shinn in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was raised in Woodbine and attended school there. While in school she detasseled corn and walked beans. Later she was a babysitter for her brother and sister-in-law, Norm and Libby Shinn. She worked at Wilkerson’s Manufacturing in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. Karen married Frank Frazier on December 13, 1968. The couple lived in Denison and later moved to Woodbine. They moved to Dunlap in 1970, and she worked for 4 County Bowling Alley and later at CDS in Harlan. She also split wood for Larry Bissen.

Karen died May 11, 2011, at her home in Dunlap at the age of 60 years, five months, and nine days.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law; husband, Frank Frazier on February 15, 2010; an infant sister and brother; sister, Barb Shinn; and two brothers, Wayne and Norm (Perry) Shinn. She is survived by her three sons, Shane (Tammy) Frazier of Las Vegas, Nevada, Brandon Frazier (Melissa Harris) of Harlan, Iowa, Keith Frazier (Katie Cunningham) of Dow City, Iowa; four grandchildren, Chaise, Danielle, Jordan and Meaghan; sister-in-law Libby (Fred) Ring of Woodbine, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.