Karen C. Tilton

Dec 06, 1942 - Feb 10, 2022


Karen Claudeen (Moyes) Tilton, age 79 died at home after an extended illness with her husband at her side in The Villages, Florida. She was born on December 6, 1942 in La Harpe, Illinois, to Paul Vernon and Joan Charlotte (Shaffner) Moyes. Karen and her boyhood sweetheart Dean were married ...


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Saturday, June 25, 2022
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Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

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Karen C. Tilton

December 06, 1942 - February 10, 2022

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D Denny Heiserman June 25, 2022

Mrs "T" as we called her at times, was an amazing teacher and mentor to countless students. While at Andrew she impacted alot of us in speech and our schools plays. Always took the time and effort in each individual person no matter what. Remember her involvement in the PPP in Maquoketa as a high school student. My thought and prayers to Dean and the entire family and her community in Florida. Thanks Mrs. "T" for a lifetime of memories .

A Anonymous June 23, 2022

Karen you will always be one of the reasons the IHSSA is so special to so many. With loving memories of you. The Iowa High School Speech Association.Peace Lily was purchased for the family of Karen C. Tilton by Anonymous. Send Flowers

D Dr. Paul and Valerie Horst June 10, 2022

Dean and family,
What can I say that hasn't already been said? I came to know Karen through PPP and my son's speech class(as well as a patient for years) and she just lit up the room with her enthusiasm and good nature. If life is to be lived, then she was a shining example of how to do it. I always found her to be looking for that "one more thing" that needed to be done. She leaves behind a void that would be hard for most of us to fill. But, the show must go on and she has left us to do it. Thanks, Karen for the gift of your guidance and friendship. "Break a leg", my friend!

S Steve West March 14, 2022

Dean, I am so sorry to hear about Karen. I heard the news from a recently discovered distant cousin who lives in the Maquoketa area. It’s been many, many years since we spent time together. I certainly remember the time with the Peace Pipe Players. Karen’s talent in putting the shows together was remarkable. A caring and very talented lady. The memories from those years have remained with me. My thoughts are with you and your family.

C Cheryl Henry February 20, 2022

Thoughts and prayers to the Tilton family. She left her mark on Maquoketa and everywhere else she's been!

M Michelle Maze Hughes February 18, 2022

Mr. Tilton, Ted, & Trent, I am so sorry for your loss! I was privileged to have Mrs. Tilton as a teacher, Speech coach, & play director. I am grateful for all the time & talent she shared with me. She was very dedicated to her students and she was passionate about her craft. All My Sympathy, Michelle Maze Hughes

J Jerry Lee February 17, 2022

Mrs Tilton's speech class did exactly what it was intended to do; make me do stuff I would never otherwise do in a million years. It was a safe space to look like an idiot, but never feel that way. She was always a caring, comforting guide. There were many moments in that class I'll always remember, but one of my favorites was not in the classroom. It was in a softball game with the intramural champs The Express vs The Faculty.

Deep in the game, I was upset as a result of what I thought was a series of biased calls by the Superintendent umpire in favor of the teachers. It was my turn to bat and instead of playing by the rules and swinging left handed, I marched up to the plate to hit righty because...it's payback time. Karen Tilton was on the mound. We locked eyes. She paused. Gave me the "I'm so disappointed in you" look and lobbed one in. I crushed it for a homer. What would have been one of my greatest moments in sports and defiance against authority, was empty because I know Mrs Tilton did not approve. I hope she found it in her heart to forgive me. But I still think of that moment when I need to remind myself to just try and be better. Thanks KT.

My condolences to the Tilton family. You are all very near and dear to my heart.

J Janith Cratsenberg February 16, 2022

Mrs. Tilton was my first High School English teacher and my favorite. I remember attending speech contest with her as coach, and loving every minute of it. Years after, I was delighted to be a speech coach in the WAMAC speech conference with her. My admiration only grew greater as she was one of the best speech and drama coaches around. I was so proud to have been one of her first students at LHS.

R Robert Christensen February 16, 2022

Very nice people and loved by all who knew Dean & Karen.
Mr. C & Bonnie Christensen in Marshalltown,lowa

S Sandy Dyas February 15, 2022

Mrs. Tilton, as I knew her when I was a high school student at Andrew High School changed my life in many ways. Karen brought Speech and Drama to my life. She coached me and many other students and we excelled at speech contests as going to State to win awards. She directed the plays, taught me to love literature and really loved being a teacher. I will never forget the time she took me to Bloomington, IN to several days of theatrical workshops at the University. She was a wonderful woman and teacher. My sincere condolences to her family. No one will ever take her place and I will always remember her as my very favorite teacher.

L Linda L Rotman February 15, 2022

Karen was an extraordinary woman. It was a privilege to know her. Heartfelt sympathy to Dean and family.

R Ron Delagardelle February 14, 2022

There are those who just live. Then there are those who enrich the lives of all they touch. This was Karen. It was my joy and privilege to teach with Karen. Not only that, she was the guide for me in my enjoyable time with PPP. Karen encouraged me to try for and obtain a speaking role in the movie F.I.S.T. I, along with many others, owe so much to her. My thoughts and prayers to Dean and the family.
Ron Delagardelle

J Jennifer Vance-Moritz February 14, 2022

CandleMy deepest sympathies to Karen’s family. She was an amazing teacher that touched so many lives.

L Laura (Meyer) Engelhardt February 14, 2022

Mrs. Tilton (AKA "KT") was a mentor to so many students at Maquoketa High School. She encouraged those of us who lacked confidence and helped me find my voice. Her comments and suggestions pushed us to improve and become the best versions of ourselves. The summer before my senior year, she drove another student and me in an air conditioned-less Suburban all the way to Muncie, Indiana, for the International Thespian Convention. Without her generous gift of time and energy, we would never have had that experience. She will be so missed.

A Angel Schiffer February 14, 2022

My deepest sympathy for Karen's passing. May you always remember the blessings she bestowed upon you. May God's love and peace comfort you all the days ahead.

E Elizabeth Lind February 14, 2022

Karen was such a sweet lady. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for family and friends.

K Kerry Schepers February 14, 2022

CandleKeeping the Tilton family in prayers. Karen taught me how to SPEAK professionally! I remember practicing with her in the back yard while she sun tanned and I practiced speeches... She helped many young people build their own confidence because she believed in US! A role model who inspired many.

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