Karen M. Mollett

Karen M. Mollett, age 74 of Chatham, Illinois, passed away at Springfield Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 1, 2024 at Brown Cemetery, Old Ripley, Illinois.  Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Karen was born on January 28, 1949, in Springfield, the daughter of Howard Olin Noblet and Margaret E. (Allione) Fehl. She married Roger Wayne Mollett on November 8, 1985, at Westminster Presbyterian in Springfield; he preceded her in death.

Karen was a graduate of UIS, earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication. She worked at IDPA and later at UIS in student billing. Karen owned Critter Sitter Pet Care and was an adjunct professor at LLCC. She taught public speaking and rhetoric at both McMurray and Illinois College in Jacksonville. She also served as a public speaking coach at Illinois College and revitalized the program during her time. Karen was an avid writer. Her work published in Highlights Magazine in 1987 also won her an award for story of the month.

Karen had memberships in various organizations tied to her profession including the past president of the Springfield Poets and Writers organization and was involved in American Women in Communication. Among other interests to her was the Railsplitter Wanderers Volkssport Association, lifelong participation in local theatre, and rooting for the Cubs. She was also a regular contributor to WMAY radio and was known under the moniker of Lokia.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Paul Neil Noblet; and one sister, Mary Frances Mabe.

She is survived by her son, Charles Howard May of Chicago; one daughter, Audrey Marie (Mark) Williams of Centerville, OH; three grandchildren, Ciara, Kayla, and Jake Williams; one sister, Teresa (Keith) Osburn of Chatham; two brothers, Michael LeRoy Noblet of Tallula, IL, and Thomas John (Teresa) Borcky-Noblet of Tomball, TX; one aunt, Olga Noreuil of Clinton, IL; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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