Frances “Karen” Shook Aikins was born to Francis and Hazel Lucille (Angleton) Shook on July 5, 1950 in Stark, Kansas. She grew up on the family farm there in Stark, while attending school and participating on the cheerleading squad. She was always a fighter, but lost that battle on April 27, 2021 in Tulsa, OK. She was 70 years old.
She was introduced to Glen Aikins by her sister while roller skating in Chanute, KS. She fell in love with Glen quickly and they were married August 19, 1967. Together they had six wonderful children and raised them to be strong, independent and hardworking folks. Glen and Karen spent almost 54 wonderful years together.
Karen loved music, was a talented guitar player and wrote many songs throughout the years. When she was younger, she was the lead singer in a country and western band with her uncle. She was extremely talented domestically, a terrific cook, and always supportive of her family; particularly in helping Glen with his trim carpentry business. She loved animals and owned and ran a kennel for teacup poodles for many years. She was a regular at flea markets and enjoyed the antique scene and finding good deals to flip and sell on the side. Karen truly embraced and loved being a grandma. Their home practically became a daycare where Karen spent most of their income on spoiling their grandkids.
Karen and her husband Glen learned about Jehovah and were baptized alongside each other in July of 1969. The resurrection hope was always something so close to her heart and helped her endure the loss of her children, she couldn’t wait to see them again.
She is survived by her husband, Glen Aikins; her two daughters, Melissa Snelling and Alicia Hurtado & husband Silverio; daughter-in-law Lisa Aikins; her grandchildren, Tabitha Snelling, Brady Morgan, Julissa Olson, Avery Aikins, Saturnina Hurtado, Daniel and Donovan Amos; as well as her sisters, Evelyn Hockett, Verna Smith, Kathy Jones, Christina Wilson along many cousins, nieces & nephews.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, and her beloved children, Jolene, Jeanette, Annette & Rodney Aikins.
Memorial service arrangements honoring the life of Frances Karen Aikins will be held virtually on May 9, 2021. A private interment was performed at Shaw Cemetery in Shaw, Kansas.
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