Karen L. Hayes, 83, Urbandale, died July 12, 2020 peacefully at home surrounded by family. A private graveside service was held at the Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Midwest.
Karen Lee was born July 3, 1937 at Ellsworth Community Hospital in Iowa Falls to Thelma LaVeda Hamilton Warman and Leonard Orville Warman. She grew up on a farm near Alden, and graduated from Alden High School in 1955. Karen married Leroy Raymond Hayes on Sept. 15, 1956. They made their home in several towns, including Webster City, Belmond, Hampton, Prairie City, Morrison and finally Urbandale (28 years ago).
Karen worked as a homemaker, raising the family. Later she worked passionately for the Iowa Egg Council for over 25 years as an egg promotion specialist. She traveled throughout the state “telling the good egg story” at events including the Iowa State Fair, many times including her grandchildren in the process. She was known for her amazing omelets and deviled eggs.
Karen was a proud member of the Republican Party and worked for many years as a caucus chair. She loved to travel, and she and Leroy visited many countries around the world. Karen had a lifelong love of collecting owls, knitting, reading, and listening to Elvis music. She attended Lutheran Church of Hope and Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
Karen was preceded in death by her brothers Craig and Gary; and daughter Julie Hayes.
Karen is survived by her husband Leroy; daughter Jeanine (Sam) Kain; sons Bruce (Carlene) Hayes, Bryan Hayes, Brent (Joy Olson) Hayes, and Doug (Jennifer) Hayes; grandchildren Samantha (Matt) Gron-ewald, Travis Kain, Alexandria Hayes, Barret Hayes, Zacharey (Maggie) Hayes, Elizabeth (Ty) Hicks, Lauren Hayes, Mitchell Hayes, Emma Hayes, Preston Hayes and Andrew Hayes; great-grandchildren Charlie and Grace Gronewald and Harrison Hayes; and sister Connie (Lurlin) Hoelscher.