Cassville officials remember city clerk

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Karen Jennings

Karen Jennings served as the city clerk for Cassville since April of last year, and coworkers and friends are now remembering her as a caring, thoughtful and kind individual.

Jennings, 61, died on Wednesday at her home, and her absence has left a void in the hearts of those with whom she worked and befriended.

Dana Kammerlohr, Cassville police chief, said she had trouble finding the words to describe how great Jennings was.

"She had a strong work ethic and was very selfless," she said. "Even when she was sick, she was always trying to take care of other people and finding ways to help them out."

Bill Shiveley, mayor of Cassville, said Jennings' work ethic and administrative skills were two of her greatest qualities while in city hall.

"She had very good administrative skills and was loyal and devoted to the people she works for," he said. "She was always pleasant, and I never had cross words with her."

Ann Hennigan, alderwoman for the city of Cassville, said one of her favorite things about Jennings was her sense of style.

"She was always a snappy dresser and had great taste in jewelry," Hennigan said. "She was really easy-going and easy to talk to. I regret never getting together with her for coffee, because we'd said we needed to, but that ship has sailed."

Kammerlohr said she and Jennings became somewhat close in the time Jennings worked for the city, sharing one another's love for music and horses.

"We shared a lot of common interests like The Beach Boys, and we would always share pictures of horses back and forth," she said. "Two years in a row, she bought me a horse calendar for Christmas, and I will miss not getting that again."

Shiveley said with it being his first term as mayor and her first term as clerk, the two often worked together to figure out what all needed to be done.

"She was always very pleasant and friendly, and she was eager to do whatever her job required," he said. "It's hard to find employees that are as excited about her job as she was, and she told me numerous times how much she enjoyed her job."

Jennifer Evans, deputy city clerk and finance officer, said it was Jennings' positive outlook that made working with her so easy.

"She was very kind, a good manager of people and made the work atmosphere a special place," she said. "She did a great job handling people and did great at her job as clerk, and she will very much be missed."

Kammerlohr said she will remember Jennings as a good friend and selfless person who did all she could for others.

"I will miss that smile and the twinkle in her eyes," she said. "Every day, she had a smile on her face, and you would never know she was sick because she never showed it."

Flags were flown at half-staff in Cassville from Wednesday to Saturday in honor of Jennings, who died of cancer.

Darelyn Cooper has been appointed by City Council to take over the responsibilities of City Clerk.

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