August 17, 1962 – September 28, 2012
Karen Lee Rees was born in Des Moines, Iowa on August 17, 1962. Karen was the daughter of Wendell and Barbara Mendenhall of Bondurant, Iowa. She graduated from Maxwell Community High School in Maxwell, Iowa in 1980 and the Des Moines Area Community College’s Accounting and Bookkeeping Program in 1981 and 2004.
Karen was united in marriage to Bradley Rees on July 16, 1983. She gave birth to two children Kristina and Bryan who also live in Bondurant.
Karen passed away at her home on September 28, 2012 following a brief battle with liver cancer.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents Cecil and Gertrude Bailey; Guy and Florence Mendenhall. Along with her parents, and parents -in-law Bob and Marie Rees of Ida Grove, those left to mourn her passing are her husband Brad; daughter Kristina, son Bryan, and brother, Brett (Cheryl) Mendenhall of Des Moines.
A host of extended relatives and friends will easily recall how much she enjoyed sewing, crafts, watching her son play baseball, and her daughter’s participation in music. She enjoyed spending time with family, and was especially fond of animals. Karen will always be remembered for the dogs and cats she cared for, particularly the innumerable kittens she took in and “mothered”.Information provided by: Ankeny Funeral Home and Crematory 1510 West First Street Ankeny, IA 50021 515.964.4674 www.ankenyfuneralhome.com