Karen Arcoseba Lester, the daughter of John and Julie (Arcoseba) Lester, was born on September 10, 1990, in Los Gatos, California. Karen attended Ridgefield, Washington, schools and graduated from Tarkio High School in 2009. She attended college at Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Missouri, and Park University, Parkville, Missouri.
Because of Karen’s many illnesses, she was not able to work regularly; however, she had been employed as a nurse’s aide at John Knox Village, Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She especially enjoyed volunteering at the Tarkio Nutrition Center, Tarkio, Missouri, and Camp Quality Greater Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, for terminally ill children. Karen and Julie would purchase clothes, toys, electronics, and shoes to mail to the Philippines for the many children in need. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Tarkio and was also a leader for a Catholic Group on the Missouri Western State University campus. Karen passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at Community Hospital-Fairfax, Fairfax, Missouri, at the age of 29.
Karen was preceded in death by her grandfather, Redento Mercolita; grandmother, Sharon Hines; and aunt, Kay Baucom. Survivors include her parents, John and Julie (Arcoseba) Lester, Tarkio; grandparents, Paul and Karen Lester, Tarkio; grandmother, Pacencia Arcoseba, Cadano, Philippines; grandfather, Bill Hines, Tarkio; uncles, Ronnie (Trudy) Baker, Fairfax, Missouri, Duane (Sarah) Lester, Tarkio, and Matthew (Alyssa) Lester, Washington, D.C.; and numerous cousins.
A private family graveside service and interment was held Friday, May 8, 2020, at Home Cemetery, Tarkio. Father Albert Bruecken, O.S.B. officiated. There was no visitation. Services were under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio. Memorials may be directed to the Karen Arcoseba Lester Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com.