Karen Sue Meder (Pettigrew)


Karen Sue Meder (Pettigrew) passed away August 7, 2013 after a 9 month battle with cancer.

Karen was born July 18, 1958 to Curtis and Marion Pettigrew of St. Joseph, Missouri.  Karen was a free, wandering spirit who loved to travel, capturing the wonders of her life through her passion for photography. Karen enjoyed spending time with her ten grandchildren, which is documented by her countless photo albums.

Karen is survived by her parents, Curtis and Marion Pettigrew of St. Joseph, MO; her husband, Jim Meder, of Gallatin, MO; one son, Shawn Pettigrew and his wife Mandy of Kidder, MO, and their five children, Austin Pettigrew, Beth Johnson, LaKota Johnson, Shelby Pettigrew, and Kaylee Pettigrew; two step-sons, James Meder II and his wife Cynde of Troy, MO and their three children, Alex, Alyssa, and James Thomas; Ryan Meder and his wife Michelle of Overland, Mo. and their two children, Kaiden and Keagan ; two brothers, Gregory Pettigrew and his wife Susan of St. Joseph, MO; Thomas Pettigrew and his wife Beate of Shawnee, KS., and two nieces, Alexandria Ballenger and Cassie Ross.

Karen spent 16 years in the trucking industry and the last 7 years employed as a cook on commercial river vessels, ending her career at American Commercial Lines. Over the years, Karen captured the hearts of many, and many were honored to call her a friend. She, too, was honored to call you a friend as well.

At Karen’s request, there will be no services or visitation, but instead there will be a celebration of her life at a later date to be announced.


  1. Geanie & Charlie Detraz, Metairie, La. on August 19, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Dear Curt & Marion.
    How sad it is to hear of Karen’s passing away. Please know that she and you will be remembered in our daily prayers. Take comfort in the fact that she no longer suffers and is in Heaven with the Lord.
    Geanie & Charlie Detraz
    Metairie, La.

  2. Michael McKrill on August 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Rest in Peace Karen i know Jesus loves you.It’s people like you who make this planet a great place to live.

    sincerely Mike McKrill

  3. Earlene Sowell on August 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    My sympathy and prayers for the family in the loss of your precious Karen.

  4. Dave & Barb Rich on August 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Skip & Gloria Miles on August 8, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Karen left a part of herself, with every person she knew and every place she visited, because she was never too busy to offer help, a kind word or encouragement, and always wore that vivacious smile. Her talents were many, yet she was always eager to try her hand at something new. She brought out the best in other people because she was the best! She will be sadly missed, but all of us who knew her know Heaven is aglow with her presence. Our heartfelt sympathy to Jim and all Karen’s family and friends.

  6. Janet (Himberger) Matchett on August 8, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Please accept my greatest sympathy in the loss of such a wonderful soul. Karen was one of the most amazing women I’ve ever known, and I’m proud to have known her. Will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Sonny & Barbara Phillips on August 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

    We would like to offer our sincere sympathy to all members of Karen’s family. We have known Karen and the Pettigrew family for many years and are deeply saddened at her passing.

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