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Karen (Kaye) Lue Breckenridge

Karen (Kaye) Lue Breckenridge, daughter of C.B. & Bernice McAninch Thompson was born on January 27, 1932, in a farm home located near Hatfield, Missouri and departed this life on September 25, 2023.
At 4 years old her education began in a one room school house 3 miles north west of Hatfield. At age 10 her parents moved the family to Creston, Iowa where her education continued. She graduated from Creston High School in 1949. In later years she graduated from SWCC as a nurse’s aid and worked at both the Mt. Ayr and Creston hospitals.
On April 30, 1950, she married Dean (Bud) Breckenridge. Their marriage was blessed with 3 sons, Mike, Dennis and David. Her family was put above everything else. She dearly loved being a Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother and a friend to everyone. Treasured time was spent with her grandchildren.
Traveling, dancing and bingo was always time well spent with Bud. She chose to make changes – not excuses, to be useful – not used, to have self esteem – not pity and to listen to her inner voice – not the random opinions of others. She was very happy to be who she was. She was a wonderful cook, homemaker and a very proud Mother.
After living in southwest Iowa during their married life, Bud and Karen moved to Waukee, Iowa in 2008 to be closer to their family.
Preceding her in death were her husband Bud, her parents CB and Bernice Thompson, sister Carmen O’Brien, and brother Maurice (Moe) Thompson.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by her sons – Mike (Karen), Urbandale; Dennis (Vicki), Waukee; and David (Sylvie), Destin, FL; and eight Grandchildren – Ashley (Jarrod) Sutton, Tracey (Brent) Fees, Adam (Sara) Breckenridge, Abby Breckenridge, Ryan Breckenridge, Kevin (Katie) Breckenridge, Nathan (Samantha) Breckenridge, Amy (Josh) Barkley and nine great grandchildren, Camdyn Sutton, Jacob & Katie Fees, Eilana & Cayden Barkley and Harper & Harlow Breckenridge, William and Aaron Breckenridge, Sister in law Marletta Thompson and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Tingley Memorial Park Fund and sent to 202 S. Monroe St. Mt. Ayr, Iowa 50854. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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