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Karen L. (Phillips) Hedges

April 16, 1942 ~ February 27, 2022 (age 79)


Karen L. Hedges, 79, of Benton passed away on Sunday evening, February 27, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her family.  She was born on April 16, 1942 to James & Nellie (Alexander)Phillips and was raised by James & Ethel (Alexander) Phillips in Benton, IL.
She married William Hedges, her high school sweetheart, on April 8, 1961, and he survives.
Karen grew up in and was a faithful member of the First Christian Church in Benton.  Throughout her life she kept the church at the center.  Karen fulfilled many roles in her lifetime and she especially enjoyed singing in the choir and weekly Bible study with her church community.  Karen and Bill enjoyed many years as leaders of the youth group, Chi Ro, at the church.  
In addition to the church, Karen had the best friends, many of whom were her neighbors for 40+ years as well as newer editions.  She loved life and doted on her grandchildren, who were the light of her life.  She was a wonderful mother to Kristin and Andrew and a beloved Mimi to Madeline, Ephram, and Soijer, and she was a wonderful wife & partner to Bill.
She is survived by her:
Husband: Bill Hedges of Benton
Daughter: Kristin Pass & husband Randy of Makanda
Son: Andrew Hedges & wife Azsure Dorton of Allen, TX
3 Grandchildren:
Madeline Pass
Ephram Hedges
Soijer Hedges
Karen was preceded in death by her Parents and Sister, Jane Ellen Younkin.
Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. on Friday, March 11th at the First Christian Church with a funeral service at 12:00 Noon with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Fellowship Center Fund.
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March 11, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
First Christian Church
302 South Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Funeral Service
March 11, 2022

12:00 PM
First Christian Church
302 South Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Final Resting Place

Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, IL 62812


First Christian Church Fellowship Center Fund
302 South Main Street, Benton IL 62812
Tel: 1-618-438-5841

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