Karen Evans-Finley

Karen Gail Evans-Finley, 73, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away on March 17, 2024 in Columbia, Mo after a brief illness. She was born on June 20, 1950, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

She graduated from Helias Catholic High School in 1968 and Wallace Doty  School of  Beauty in 1969. Karen owned multiple businesses throughout her lifetime including beauty shops, retail shops, real estate, and property management.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Harry D. Evans and Mary Jeanette Evans, and her husband, Stephen L. Finley.

She is survived by her daughters, Joy Crowley of Jefferson City; and Leslye Schulte (Larry) of Jefferson City. Grandchildren Ethan Schulte, Conner Schulte, and Zane Schulte, all of Jefferson City. Karen is also survived by her brother, Eric Evans (Cyndi) of Ashland; Niece Elizabeth Evans Guevara (Kory) of Ashland; Niece Ericka Evans Block (Travis) of Columbia, and great-nephew Hunter Oliver of Columbia.

In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking and was an excellent cook. She was fierce lover of all animals. Her dog Koby will miss her greatly. He gave her great joy.

A Graveside Memorial Service is planned at Resurrection Cemetery in Jefferson City on April 6, 2024, at 11:00 am. A celebration of life for all friends will follow the service at the FOP Building, 508 Babe Ruth Drive, Jefferson City, MO.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Jefferson City Animal Shelter.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heartland Cremation and Burial Service in Jefferson City, Missouri.


  1. Carolyn Jones on March 25, 2024 at 6:08 pm

    Karen was always very kind to me. I was welcomed into her family and enjoyed spending some holidays in her company. She will be truly missed by her all who were fortunate to know her. My love and prayers go out to Joy and Leslye and their families.

  2. Melissa Owens Hohm on March 25, 2024 at 6:17 pm

    My Aunt Karen always cared about me for who I am. There were just a few like that when I was young. She was a great friend to my Grandmother Olga and helped her with alot of things she couldn’t do for herself. She has and always will be family. RIP Aunt Karen

  3. Debbie Coots on March 25, 2024 at 6:53 pm

    My deep sympathy for your loss. ❤️🌹🙏

  4. Micky Evans on March 25, 2024 at 7:22 pm

    Karen and I met around 2003 when we both lived in the same town on the Mississippi Coast and immediately hit it off.,She and Steve had moved back to Missouri but made several trips back to Mississippi to help me rehab my house after Hurricane Katrina. One day Karen was helping me repaint the outside of my house when the a song “Do You Love Me” by The Contours came on the radio. We both came off our ladders and started dancing in the front yard. This is one of many of the happy memories I have of Karen. I am going to miss her.

  5. Kim Owens on March 25, 2024 at 7:27 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Joy, Leslie & families you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. George Freiner on March 25, 2024 at 8:21 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find peace in your happy memories

  7. Donna Hemeyer on April 5, 2024 at 3:54 pm

    Just knew Karen a very short time as my neighbor but we sure hit it off and enjoyed many of the same things. Going to miss her very much. Hugs and prayers to Joy, Leslie and the family.

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