Karen Musselman's life was tragically cut short in an automobile accident in Idaho Falls on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Karen was born on July 19, 1937, to Nellie and Emery Skinner and lived at the foot of Mt. Sawtell in Island Park until age seven when she moved to a farm in Mud Lake and then to Idaho Falls around age 12 or 13. She met Dean Musselman, the son of Burt and Rose Musselman, when she was in 7th grade. After going together for 10 years they decided to get married. While attending Idaho Falls High School, Karen played the saxophone in Pep Band and was in Student Council. She was an x-ray technician for 20 years and later she worked at a local bank for 22 years. In her spare time, with family and friends, she liked to travel, camp, play golf, watch her sons and grandson play hockey. She loved working in her yard and recently found a new challenge, quilting, and really enjoyed the adventures of quilt shop-hopping. Karen was an active member and adult leader with Job's Daughters International. As a member she served as Honored Queen of Bethel 22, as an adult leader she was Bethel Guardian and Director of Epochs of Bethel 22 and 47, Grand Guardian of Idaho, Supreme 3rd Messenger, she was also a recipient of the Degree of Royal Purple. She impacted the lives of hundreds of young women throughout the state of Idaho and beyond. Karen was a member of Henrietta Chapter 21 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a 50 year member and served as a Worthy Matron. She was survived by her husband Dean after 57 years of marriage; son, Scott Musselman of Idaho Falls; daughter in-law, Kathy Musselman of Idaho Falls; grandson, Alexander Musselman of Idaho Falls; granddaughters, Sandera and Marie of Idaho Falls; sister, Lois (Neil) Smith of Reno, Nev.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Alan; grandparents, parents, brother, Bud Skinner and his wife Jean Skinner; her sister, Betty Hankens and her husband Don; sister, Ruth Pierce and her husband Bing. A gathering will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Avenue. Karen was active in many charities so in lieu of flowers the family asks that you send a donation to your charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com .
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