Karen Irene Bush was born Feb. 22, 1946 in Maryville, Mo., to Dorothy and Walter Bush of rural Taylor County, Iowa, and passed away on May 9, 2020 at age 74. She had been a resident of Sealy, Texas, for 18 years.
Karen was the first of her family to be born in a hospital instead of at Grandma’s house. Karen was raised on their family farm in Gravity, Iowa, with her two sisters, Nancy and Lizz, and their older brother John. They attended school in a one-room schoolhouse (Hickory Grove, Washington No. 8) for several years. When it closed, she attended grade school in Gravity. After four area towns consolidated into the Bedford Community School District, junior high was in Conway, then high school was in Bedford, where she graduated in 1964. She attended college at Northwest Missouri State University and was a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity. After graduating with a BS in accounting, she and her first husband Roger Nelson moved to Florida.
They had three sons, Bryan, Brent, and Brandon, and were divorced a few years later.
Karen married Gordon Youngson from Friockheim, Scotland, on Jan. 1, 1984. The family moved from the Orlando, Fla., area to Houston, Texas, in the early 1980s. The bulk of her career was working as an accountant for Florida Gas and Transmission and Enron. Karen was a wonderful, supportive mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife. She was a professional darts thrower and loved to travel by air and by sea with her husband and companion, Gordon. Karen loved her cats, taking care of her yard, and all of her family.
She was a strong, persistent woman and a matriarch who was revered and loved by all.
Karen is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Dorothy Bush; her sister Elizabeth Maurine Ferguson; and her brother-in-law Jack Osborn. She is survived by her husband Gordon Youngson; her sons Bryan (Andrea) Nelson, Brent Nelson and Brandon (Marla) Nelson; her
stepsons Mark (Christine) Youngson and Scott Youngson; her grandchildren Ryan (Jessica) Youngson, Tyson Nelson, Olympia Nelson, Devon Nelson, Apollonia Nelson, Nolan Youngson and Jolene Youngson; her great-granddaughter Faith Youngson; her sister Nancy (Gary) Piper; her brother John (Debra) Bush; her sisters-in-law Lorna Osborn and Dorothy Lawson; and her brothers-in-law Brian Youngson and Noel Ferguson.