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
11:00 am

Carson Celebration of Life Center

318 West Pleasant Street
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

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Karen C. Tilton

December 06, 1942 - February 10, 2022

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.

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