Hollandsworth, Karen

Karen Ann (Davis) Hollandsworth, 76, of House Springs died Jan. 11, 2021, at Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis County. Mrs. Hollandsworth was born Nov. 29, 1944, in Charleston, W. Va., the daughter of the late Annie Sophie and Willard Wilson Davis, and grew up there and in California before settling in the St. Louis area. She had a lifelong passion for cooking and ran her own restaurant, the Jamestown Restaurant, and managed several others, as well as owning Karen Ann’s Cake Shop. She gave much of her time and heart to the House Springs Lion’s Club, serving as president for several years and proud founder of the House Springs Christmas parade, and devoted many hours to a variety of volunteer activities through the years, including serving as activities director to Alzheimer’s patients, participating in Clean Stream and volunteering at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. She was a vivacious, fun, caring, big-hearted spirit with a contagious smile, and loved hosting dinners and celebrations for those she loved. Her hobbies included gardening, painting, drawing, doing crosswords and watching “Jeopardy.” The most important thing in her life was her family.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years: Lane Hollandsworth, whom she married in September 1963; two daughters: Kim (Tony) Glass of Hillsboro and Kelly Quinlan of Eureka; two grandchildren: Jon Gebel and Kaitlin Antisdel; two great-granddaughters: Avery Gebel and Jade Antisdel; a brother: Harold (Susan) Davis of Barstow, Calif.; and several siblings-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by a brother: James Davis.

Private funeral services will be held Jan. 23 at Jay B. Smith Funeral Home in Fenton, with a public celebration of life being planned for the spring. Burial is in the National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks.  Memorials may be made to Backstoppers. Arrangements are under the direction of Jay B. Smith Funeral Home.

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