Karen Eberts

Posted Online: March 15, 2014, 5:59 pm
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Karen L. Eberts, 71, of Oquawka, formerly of Moline, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014, at OSF St. Mary's Medical Center, Galesburg.
Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to West Central Head Start in Oquawka.
Karen was born Oct. 7, 1942, in Moline, a daughter of Lyle and Darlene Crosby Franklin. She was married to John H. Yancey. She later married Otto F. Eberts on July 17, 1976, in Milan. He preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2002.
She worked for Swords Veneer, Rock Island, for 26 years. She retired in 2000. After her retirement, she moved to Oquawka, where she began babysitting and became known as "Grandma Karen" to many of her day-care children, giving endless hugs and kisses and watching their favorite Disney movies. Karen loved children and shopping with her daughters.
Surviving are her children (and spouses), Penny (Richard) Link, Oquawka, Brenda Montgomery and John Wayne Yancey and his fiancee, Christina, all of Evansville, Ind., Bryan Keith (Anita) Eberts, Carlsbad, N.M., Robert (Dana) Eberts, Grand Canyon, Ariz., Joanie (Mike) Polton, Milan, and Louis Eugene Eberts, Redwood City, Calif.; grandchildren, Eric Link, Jason Link, Daniel Link, Jenni Dermer, David Montgomery III, Andrew Montgomery, Kourtnie Wolf, Dustin Yancey, Taylor Yancey, Jordan Yancey, Tyler Griffin, Payton Eberts, Clayton Eberts, Brayden Eberts, Joyce Polton and Mikey Polton; 18 great-grandchildren; mother, Darlene Beemblossom, Milan; siblings, Larry Franklin, Davenport, Danny Franklin, East Moline, her twin, Sharon Lipe, Milan, Lyle "Tiny" Franklin, Milan, and Ruby Franklin; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Karen was preceded in death by her father; stepfather, Robert "Speed" Beemblossom; and brother, Bucky Franklin.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.


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