Karen Sue (Willis) Manning

1947 - 2021



Karen Sue Manning, age 74, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 after a battle with Covid at Research Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri surrounded by her family.  Karen was born the daughter of Ralph Willis Sr. and Leona (Bultman) Willis on March 27, 1947, in Carrollton, Missouri. She was a 1965 graduate of Chillicothe High School, Chillicothe, Missouri. Karen worked for many years at Model Cleaners, Harris Printing Company and Bailey Studio’s where she always enjoyed visiting with her customers.  She attended Calvary Baptist Church where she enjoying helping the children learn their Bible verses.  In her later years she spent much time traveling with her grandson Stephan to various small rural churches in the area and always enjoyed her time with him.  She enjoyed spending time and playing games with her grandchildren, vacationing, keeping in contact with her siblings, and loved sharing in gift giving during the holidays. 

Survivors include two sons, Harold Manning Jr. and wife Lisa of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Rick Manning and wife Amanda of Lock Springs, Missouri; one daughter, Stephanie Barclay and husband Rick of Chillicothe, Missouri; grandchildren Aaron and wife Samantha Manning of Chillicothe, Missouri, Audrie and husband Allen Licht of Chillicothe, Missouri, Kyler and wife Stevee of Blue Springs, Missouri, Courtney Spainhour of Chillicothe, Missouri, Erick and wife Fawn Manning of Quapaw, Oklahoma, Carissa Manning and significant other Corey Lee of Jamesport, Missouri, Matthew, Gabe and Zachariah Manning of Lock Springs, Missouri, Stephan, Samantha, Ryan, Rebekah, Reuben, Seeley and Rowan Barclay of Chillicothe, Missouri; Two brothers, Gerald Willis of Chillicothe, Missouri and Larry Willis of Alvarado, Texas; sister Marlene Thomas of Columbia, Missouri. and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law Ralph and Joan Willis, sister-in-laws Shirley Willis and Pat Willis, brother-in-law Jack Thomas and grandson Nickolas Spainhour. Memorials in her honor may be made to Calvary Baptist Church c/o Calvary Kids may be left at the church or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe, MO  64601.  Online condolences may be left at  Due to existing circumstances, funeral services will be scheduled at a later date.


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Anita Reger

August 7, 2021 10:26 AM

So sorry about your loss. She will be missed.

Lori Levora

July 20, 2021 1:58 AM

I use to go in Model Cleaners a lot and Karen always had a sweet smile and would always ask how you were doing . She really cared about you and she made many friends . She will be greatly missed

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