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Karen K. Liggett - 70

9/25/1949 - 9/28/2019


    Karen K. Liggett age 70 of Colchester, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Carthage, Illinois.  She was born September 26, 1949 in Macomb, to Estle Dale and Virginia Eileen Sparrow Cromer.  Karen was united in marriage to Donald Rittenhouse, June 14, 1974, in Macomb, he preceded her in death on February 6, 1995.  She was then married to Ira Liggett on November 28, 2004, in Fandon.

    Surviving to mourn her passing is her Husband: Ira Liggett, Colchester, 3 Sons: Kerry (Carmen) Foxall, Colchester, Lance (Steffanie) Rittenhouse, Brunswick, Georgia, Scott Rittenhouse, LaHarpe, 1 Daughter: Sherri (Marte) McKee, LaHarpe, 10 Grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren, 2 Brothers: Richard  (Dottie) Cromer, Burlington, Iowa and Dale (Melva Jean) Cromer, Colchester.

    Karen was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Daughter: Wendy Gilbert, 1 Brother: Roger Cromer and Husband: Donald Rittenhouse.

    Karen had owned and operated Karen’s Hair Affair in Colchester, past member of the Macomb American Legion and Macomb Eagles Club.  She was a member of Fandon Christian Church.  She was a graduate of the Burlington Beauty Academy and a 1967 graduate of Colchester High School.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, and playing bingo.  The thing that brought the most joy to Karen was the time she spent with her family at the pool or family meals.  She loved her kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Cremation Rites have been accorded.  A private family burial will take place at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester at a later date.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements.   Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Private Family Graveside will be held at a later Date


  • JoAnne Churchill

    on 09/29/19

    Karen's passing breaks my heart. I will be thinking of her family and hoping that they will be able to rejoice in her life and know that she is now in a glorious place with her loved ones that went before her.
  • Lisa and Ken Coghill

    on 09/29/19

     We are so very sorry for your loss. Karen was a wonderful lady. Sending love, hugs, and prayers during this difficult time. 

  • Estelene Bodenhamer

    on 09/30/19

    Karen grew up in the Fandon Christian Church and she and Ira were married there.  I played for their wedding and was their Sunday School teacher when both were still able to come to church.  I remember her as a pleasant person all of her life and was sorry to hear about the illness that has caused her to pass on to be with other loved ones. She no longer needs my prayers for her comfort, but I am extending them to her family and close friends in the days and weeks ahead.  Estelene .

  • Evelyn Hagan

    on 09/30/19

    A great gal!  Sorry to hear of her passing!  Thoughts and prayers for the family!

  • Jolene Mason

    on 09/30/19

    So sorry for the families loss. Karen was a sweet lady. She cut my hair many times. Was always such a kind lady. My thoughts and prayers for the family.
  • Andy and Andi Potter

    on 10/01/19

    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of this great lady. Andy enjoyed many days and nights at Karen's as a child and she has always been a friendly face to our family.  My Mom, Bonnie, also enjoyed many years working with Karen and was devastated to hear of her passing.  Many thoughts and prayers to Karen's family. We're so sorry for your loss.


  • Stan Whitlock

    on 10/02/19

    Condolences to the entire family. Prayers of peace and comfort.
  • Gertrude Luanne Steiner

    on 10/02/19

      To Dale and Melva Jean Cromer and Family:  We are saddened to hear of the loss of your sister, Karen, and wish to extend our condolences to you and each one in Karen's circle of family and friends. May the care and concern that surrounds you now be a comfort in the days ahead.  Thinking of you, dear friends, with sympathy and love.   

      Luanne and Gary Steiner

  • jane Iutzi

    on 10/02/19

    what a Beautiful lady in side and , was so Blessed and thankful to be able to be a small part of her life they joy she brought to me....many thoughts and prayers to Ira and the family ....

  • Kathy

    on 12/07/19

    I met Karen online playing a game called Words with Friends.  Karen and I had never met in person,  but it didn't seem like it.  It was like we knew each other and had been friends for a long time.  That was the kind of person Karen was. Made friends with total strangers and then made you feel as if you had been a part of her life the whole time.  I wondered what had happened since I hadn't heard from her. It wasn't like her to be gone for very long.  So I did a search online and found out about her passing.  I am very upset about it and have missed her greatly.  In between the games,  we often chatted. Chatted about the weather,  flowers,  and how we were each doing. She never let me know that she was that Ill. One of her last comments to me was something like,  she had a fight ahead of her.  I told her I was praying for her.  Karen always asked me how I was doing.  Another great part of Karen was her concern for others ahead of her own.  I miss her greatly and am so very sad about her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and other friends, for such a great loss as this.  We live you and miss you Karen.  However,  happy that you are now in heaven and suffering with illness no more.  

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