Karen Louise (Staley) Peery passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Valley Mills, at age 53. Visitation will be held at Groesbeck Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 21, 2015 in the Thornton Cemetery, with Reverend Tracy Sims of the Central Baptist Church of Thornton officiating. Karen was born February 28, 1962 to Stanford and Mary (Logan) Staley in Mexia. She grew up in Groesbeck and graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1980, where she had been a member of the National Honor Society throughout high school. Karen attended Texas A&M University for two years, and studied French. She left school to move with her family to Center Point, and worked as a secretary at the Center Point Elementary School for ten years, in addition to raising her two sons. She was very active, enjoyed walking, playing Bunco with friends, trips to Shreveport, and trips to the beach. She loved to crochet doll clothes for children at her school. Her life took a tragic turn on July 14, 1998, when she was in a serious automobile accident that resulted in her disability and need for a wheelchair for the remainder of her life. Karen’s mother took care of her at her home in Center Point until 2003, and then they moved to Valley Mills to be near her sister, Becky. In 2006 she moved to the Valley Mills Nursing Home, where she was visited every day for her loving mother, and often by Becky and her sons. She enjoyed the birthday parties and the church services at the nursing home, and the twice-monthly services provided by the Crawford Methodist Church, where she enjoyed singing with the group. Karen was preceded in death by her father, Stanford Staley and maternal grandparents, Ruby Logan and Landon Logan. She is survived by two sons, Drew Peery of Kerrville and Landon Peery of Colorado Springs, CO; her mother, Mary Staley of Valley Mills; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Rebecca and Steve Mortimer of Valley Mills and Phyllis and Wayne Boyd of Mexia; nephews, Zachery Mortimer and Jeremy Mortimer of Valley Mills; nephew, Chris Boyd of Mexia; and niece, Melanie Dick of Mexia.