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“I am so sorry for the loss of Karen. I worked with her at Kellogg's and had a lot of fun times together with her. She was "big red" to me and I...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Otha Brenke - Battle Creek, MI

“I had no idea and my deepest condolences. She was indeed a treasure and Calvin and I enjoyed the times we had the privilege of visiting with her. ...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Deborah Owens - Battle Creek, MI

“We always hadA great time together when we followed our girls I will really miss her Missy I am so sorry ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: A great time together when we followed our girls I will really miss her Missy

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope you find some comfort in the many memories with you mom. I always remember your mom in...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Kim Bachman - Battle Creek, MI

“I am going to miss Karen so much, we have been close friends since 5th grade at Level Park School. Many hours and some days were spent horse back...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Shirley Coleman - FL - Friend

“Melissa, Tyler, Shelby and Abby - We (the Heiss family) send you all so much love during this difficult time. Personally, I adored Karen. Whenever I...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Debbie Heiss - BATTLE CREEK, MI

“Melissa..your mom was wonderful. I was so blessed to have been able to spend time with her..back in the day. I'll always remember the time we went...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Linda Shaver - Houston, TX

“She was a light in this world, and a mom to us all at Springfield. We all loved her dearly, and we knew she loved us too. Good passage, to a dear,...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Kim Andrews-Bingham - MI - Friend

“Very special gal. I worked with her. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Sandy Ranger - Battle creek, MI

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Karen Jean (Yost) Suggs

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Karen Jean (Yost) Suggs, loving grandmother, and mother of one, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 77 with her daughter, Melissa by her side.

Karen was born July 31, 1942 in Battle Creek, MI to Lt. Col. Robert D. and Mildred L. (Rowell) Yost and graduated from Springfield High School with the Class of 1960. Karen worked at the Federal Center before she landed her career at the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek. She retired after nearly 30 years of service at the age of 55. Karen married Johnny Alan Suggs in July of 1963. Together they raised their only daughter, Melissa.

Karen, or "Granny" to most, was known for her kind and infectious spirit, leaving a lasting mark with everyone who was blessed enough to cross her path. She earned the nickname from the comforting grandmotherly compassion she shared with everyone in her community. Karen devoted much of her free time as a heavily involved member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, and quilting. She had a passion for travel and spent many of her retirement years exploring the countryside in her motorhome. Pulling behind, was her always recognizable red Jeep, reminding us all with its bold lettering on the back, as well as her unforgettable laugh, "Life Is Good."

Karen was preceded in death by her father, Lt. Col. Robert D. Yost; and her mother, Mildred Millie L. (Rowell) Yost. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa (Suggs) Jelinek; her sister, Susan (Doug) Neil of Hendersonville, NC and her most prized possessions, her grandchildren, Tyler Hughey, Shelby Hughey and Abigail Jaconette.

The family will receive friends 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, June 21st at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Battle Creek. Funeral services to celebrate Karen's life will be performed by The Rev. Brian Coleman, Rector at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 22nd on the lawn of the W.K. Kellogg House in Battle Creek, 1 Monroe Street, (Next to parking lot at St. Thomas Episcopal Church). Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, access will be restricted. However the funeral service will be livestreamed, and those wishing may visit or like/follow the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care Facebook Page. In lieu of flowers, Karen would like donations to go to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Battle Creek.

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