Karen Susan Lyman passed away at the age of 60 on September 22, 2013. Her tragic death was caused by a very rare and aggressive breast cancer that moved rampantly through her body. As we are all devastated we can be thankful she was at peace and she lived life to the fullest until her very last breath.
Grette (Willy) Stake and Richard Stake gave birth to Karen in Rolla Mo on September 9th 1953, she had one sister named Sondra Leah Stake. Karen had seven children, Jacob Andrew Tyndall, Miriam McCormick Tyndall, Jeremiah Daniel Lyman, Jonathan Brice Lyman, Michael Ian Lyman, Christopher Ryan Lyman, and Natalie Paige Lyman. Her grandchildren were Harmony Holland Tyndall, Dalton Chad Lyman, and Thomas Andrew Tyndall.
Karen dedicated her life to her 7 children, and the many people she loved, selflessness is an understatement. From the time she was a little girl to her womanhood she spread nothing but kindness, joy, love, and compassion for others. Her concern was not for her but for her loved ones. Her soul and mind were the strongest we’ve seen on earth today. Her warm embrace captured you. Her delicate smile made the world a better place. Her warm face and rosy cheeks illuminated the room wherever she went. She shared her knowledge, wisdom, and honesty with everyone. It was impossible for her to even tell a lie. Her love could move mountains and it certainly did. Words can hardly express how much we love her and will miss her.
Her independence and work ethic was impeccable. From the day she turned 16 she raised 7 children. Did you know she homeschooled 5 of them!?!? She sacrificed everything to give her children the best education and as much love as one could possibly give. She gave each of her children equal attention, encouragement and room to express every little creative outlet. The amount of patience and tolerance was enough to fill the world. Every little dime she worked so hard for went back into the family, while our house was clean and every tooth was brushed. How can one woman be so incredible?
Karen loved hand quilting and created many works of art. She was part of the Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild for 17 years. She became a born again Christian at the age of 17 and never questioned her strong faith. Her life on this earth was rich. No one could have asked for a better daughter, sister, mother, and friend. We will never forget her. We will share many laughs with the abundance of beautiful memories we cherish till the end of time. She was loved unconditionally. Her spirit remains in our hearts and minds.
One of Karen’s favorite quotes:
“In spite of illness, in spite even of the arch enemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.” — Edith Wharton, A backward Glance
The Tyndall and Lyman family would like to thank everyone who loved Karen Susan Lyman unconditionally, and for the support with which we’re eternally blessed.  Thank you, Piece & Plenty Quilt Guild for being such an integral and priceless part of her life.  She inspired people and her children with her immense reservoir of creativity and her faith in God, If not her admirable perseverance.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
All arrangements are under the direction of the Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla.