Karen Diane Cottrell (nee Mullen) of Steelville, Missouri was born August 4, 1941 in St. Louis, Missouri to John and Leona Schroeder Mullen and passed away Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the age of 78 years, 4 months and 8 days.
Karen grew up in South St. Louis, Missouri graduating from Bishop DeBourg High School. She attended college at Loretto Heights College which is now Regis College in Denver, Colorado.
After coming back to her home area in St. Louis, she met William R. “Bob” Cottrell and they were married on August 22, 1964, in St. Louis,, Missouri. union five children were born.
Karen was a substitute teacher for the Steelville Schools for a few years and worked for a couple of years at the Crawford County Social Services office and at the U.S. Census Bureau.
Later, she and Bob bought a farm in 1979 and went into business for themselves building the Huzzah Valley Stables and resort business. What began as a few campsites and canoes quickly grew into a favorite vacation spot known as Huzzah Valley Resort attracting visitors from far and wide.
Karen also was employed at the USDA/ASCS/-FSA office as the program assistant manager retiring in the early 2000’s.
Karen was a long-time member of St. Michael’s Church serving in different capacities and a member of the Parish Council of Crawford County. She spent many hours volunteering for the community whether it was as President of the Steelville Chamber of Commerce and active member or helping at the Steelville Food Pantry or Golden Echoes. She was also president of the MO RV Park & Campground Association for two years and a member & supporter of the Missouri Canoe & Floater Assoc.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Leona Mullen; husband, Bob Cottrell; son-in-law, Stephan Bass; brother-in-law, Bill Pope; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cletis and Marie Cottrell; and sister-in-law, Geraldine (Dave) Markel.
She is survived by her children, Holly Cottrell, Julie Bass, Corey (fianceé, Katie Hoefer) Cottrell and Colin (Casi) Cottrell, all of Steelville, Missouri and Karey (Tack) Louthan of Elbert, Colorado; one sister, Rosemary Pope of Desoto, Missouri; brother-in-law, Jim (Joyce) Cottrell of Cherryville, Missouri; 10 grandchildren, Brendan Robert Bass, Hannah Mae Cottrell, Cayman Rebecca Cottrell, Trent Alexander Bass, Chase William Cottrell, Cale Benjamin Cottrell, Warner John Cottrell, William Riley Franz, Cameron Creek Cottrell and Rein Elizabeth Louthan; two step grandchildren, Wyatt and Lexi Harris; nephews and nieces, Erik (Angie) Pope, Andrea (Terri) Pope, Tim Pope, Lance (Jodie) Cottrell and Shannon (Lance) Harmon; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Steelville, Missouri with Father Dan Lueckenotte officiating. Music was played and sung by Karin West. Readers were Hannah Cottrell and Cayman Cottrell with Bob Bell as lector of patricians. Serving at the altar were Louis Werner and Michael Pendleton.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Leasburg, Missouri.
Casket bearers were Brenden Bass, Trent Bass, Chase Cottrell, Cale Cottrell, Warner Cottrell, Erik Pope and Tim Pope with Riley Franz and Cameron Cottrell as honorary.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.