Karen Mertz-McDowell of Perry

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Karen Mertz-McDowell, 81, of Perry passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Rowley Masonic Community in Perry, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Perry. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 2-7 p.m., with family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be at the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry Thursday, Nov. 19 at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing while attending visitation and services.

Memorials will be given to the Madrid High School Scholarship Fund and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.

Karen Joyce Mertz-McDowell was born April 27, 1939, in Webster City, Iowa, to Frank Todd and Edna Eunice (Horton) Withers.

She graduated from the Webster City High School.

Karen worked at the Perry Theater, Bill and Kay’s Maid Rite in Perry and the Woodward Resource Center, and she mowed lawns and sold night crawlers also.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Methodist Church Women’s Circle and TOPS.

Karen enjoyed going to the movies, dancing, roller skating, swimming and going to family reunions.

Karen loved visiting with people and never met a stranger.

In death she rejoins her parents, Frank and Eunice Withers; sons, Monty Mertz and Tony McDowell; sister, Charmaine Book; and a brother, Stanley Withers.

Left to cherish Karen’s memory are her children, Tom (significant other, April Gunderson) Mertz of Perry, Jim (Julie) Mertz III of Polk City, Kim Mertz of Jersey City, N.J., Monte McDowell of Jamaica and Monica (H.D. Meinecke) McDowell of Jamaica; grandchildren, Harris, Abbey, Isaac, Bennett, Trevor and Hannah; great-grandchildren, Violet, Barrett, Mallory and Maverick; and a brother, Colby (Joyce) Withers of Readlyn, Iowa.

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