Karen Emaree Hudson

24 December, 194213 September, 2021
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PEKIN ~ Karen E. Hudson, 78, of Vero Beach, Florida since 2019, passed away at 4:25 a.m. Monday, September 13, 2021 at VNA Hospice Home in Vero Beach, Florida. She was formerly of Pekin.

Born December 24, 1942 in Eureka to Walter A. and Kathryn M. (Klopfenstein) Mette, she married Ronald E. Kinsey on January 8, 1960 in Pekin. She later married David E. Hudson on May 31, 1986 in Pekin. He died May 12, 2003 in Pekin. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Joshua Thompson; one step-son, David Eugene “Skip” Hudson, Jr. and one sister, Shirley Dunn.

Surviving are one son, Douglas Kinsey of Vero Beach, Florida; three daughters, Shelley (Kenney) Christman of Vero Beach, Florida, Crystal (Oscar) Scott of Ocoee, Florida and Tammy (Paul) Taylor of Vero Beach, Florida; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Karen formerly worked at Pekin Moose Family Center 916 and had been self-employed with MI Assisted Software of Illinois. She previously had worked for J.C. Penney’s for 15 years as a clerk and as a receptionist for Dr. Witt in Pekin.

She was a life member of Pekin Women of the Moose Chapter 673. She was of the Methodist faith.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor James C. McClarey will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

The family will be gathering at the Moose Lodge after the burial from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Food will be provided.

Memorial contributions may be made to Moose Charities, 155 S International Dr. Mooseheart, IL 60539 or American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61614 or Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

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  • Oscar Scott
  • Paul Taylor
  • Doug Kinsey
  • Justin Stump
  • Jared Spradlin
  • Kenney Christman



  • Visitation

    Friday, 17 September , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 18 September , 2021


  • Burial


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Jake and Vickie Jones

17 September 2021

To the Hudson family, we wanted to come to visitation this evening, however, Jake is not feeling well. You have our condolences. Jake and Vickie Jones, Green Valley

Patty Weber

15 September 2021

Our last lunch at Archie’s in Fort Pierce, watching our Moms laugh until they cried. It was a great visit and it made wonderful memories of that day! Hugs to all of you.
We loved your Mom.
Harold and Patty Weber

Val Bohlander

15 September 2021

My sympathies to her family. Karen was a great gal, always friendly and helpful. She talked about her family a lot, I’m so glad she got to spend so much time with them.

Jackson's - Former Sunset bowling league

15 September 2021

Remembering Karen - With Sincere Condolences to her family.

Kathi Bolen (Helman)

15 September 2021

Shelly, Chrissy, Doug and Tammy,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You all know how much I love your Mom and all of you. Our Summer Street Family is one that means so much and is deep in my heart. Although we may not see each other as often in all these years, you are all very special to me and always will be!! I'll never forget Shelly, Kristi, Chrissy and I dancing on the porch to the radio or going to the Moose with you all and dancing! Your Mom will be in our hearts. Love you guys!!

Al and Beth Morrison

15 September 2021

Karen was a wonderful person and so much fun to talk to. She had a great sense of humor and was very caring. She will be missed. She will always be in our hearts as will her entire family.


14 September 2021

I've lost my sister. The memories are so special, especially of Colorado. I will miss your silly little giggle and seeing that beautiful smile. You taught me how to dance and how to laugh. I love you ,always have and always will . I miss you more than words can ever say my friend. God bless you.

Sue Newbury

14 September 2021

Karen belonged to the Moose Lodge in Pekin when My mother and I were active
Always friendly and caring. Fun to work with
She will be missed

Paul & Linda Robertson

14 September 2021

We're so saddened to hear of Karen's passing. She always had a smile on her face & a kind word. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.

Keli Maloney

14 September 2021

So many memories of just sitting and sharing our life stories. She meant so much to my family. Hugs to all her family. Karen will be greatly missed by all that loved her including her Moose family.

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