March 24, 1937 – May 16, 2019

Karen C. Blade, 82, of Greenup, IL passed away at 4:33 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m.. on Tuesday May 21, 2019 at the Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup, IL. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in the Aten Cemetery Hidalgo, IL. Memorials can be made in her name to either the Hope Food Pantry 227 W. Harrison Hidalgo, IL 62432 or The Life Center of Cumberland County 507 E. Main St. Toledo, IL 62468. Online condolences can be expressed at

Karen was born March 24, 1937 in Toledo, IL the daughter of Raymond & Hollys (Rhodes) Cutts. She married James Donald Blade on May 22, 1954. Karen was a homemaker and in the past was a Cosmetologist, owned H & R Block Tax services and Ka-Don Ceramics, both in Greenup. Karen loved quilting, Softball and Basketball.

Karen is survived by her husband Don of nearly 65 years; sons, Jim (Cyndi) Blade of Greenup and Jarod (Tosha) Blade of Lees Summit, MO; daughters, Alisa (Brian) James of Charleston and Lori Blade and Donna Farley of Maryville; sisters, Diane Ettelbrick, Rita Lustig and Belinda Wampler; grandchildren, Josh Blade, Jamie (Kaycie) Blade, Cullen James, Erin (Andy) Paulsen, Vanessa (Zachary) Parry, Tyler O’Leary, Mia Blade and Jaxsen Blade; great-grandchildren, Case and Callie James, Wyatt & Micha Paulsen, Freddy & Waylon Blade and Aisley Parry.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Briley Blade; brother Harold Cutts; sisters Eloise Carrell and infant Carolyn.