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Eureka Business Woman Dies in Truck Crash

Karen Turnbo, owner of Ty's Liquor Store in Eureka, died in a one-vehicle accident Saturday morning.

Karen Turnbo, owner of in Eureka, was killed in a one-vehicle accident at approximately 6:31 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on Highway FF, south of Wilderness Road in Jefferson County, which is located just outside the Eureka boundaries.

The Highway Patrol report indicated Turnbo was traveling too fast for the road conditions, which caused her 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer to fail to negotiate a down hill curve to the right. The report stated the truck skidded off the left side of the roadway and became airborne before the right side of the vehicle struck a tree.

Turnbo, 49, was pronounced dead by Paradmedic Joseph Sanchez at 7:40 a.m.

The report indicated Turnbo was not wearing a seat belt.

A prayer service is being held at 7 p.m. Sunday evening at .

Patch confirmed Sunday morning with a representative that they will be handling the funeral services, however an obituary has not been made public yet.

In the meantime, Eureka-Wildwood Patch would like to revisit Karen's excitement about the 25th anniversary of her store. After , she personally contacted us to express appreciation for the acknowledgement. She said she and her late husband, Ty, faced many challenges at their business at 115 S. Central Ave. in Eureka. But they had deliberately chosen Eureka as the place to "watch their business dream unfold."

"The store is my life, and we've seen a lot of changes to our business and the town through the years. I'd love to talk about it all and to remember the good times," she said in December about her open house scheduled later that month to commemorate the store's anniversary.

Julie Brown Patton (Editor) September 18, 2011 at 10:44 PM
A member of the Eureka United Methodist Church indicated they believed visitation for Karen Turnbo will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, and that the funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. again at the church.
Bertie Dame/Creative Imaging Photography September 19, 2011 at 02:18 AM
It breaks my heart to hear of such a tragic story and Im sure it was difficult for you to report Julie. This is the side of Journalism that can be difficult. I met Karen a few times since our daughters are friends and interviewed her at last months Concert on Central. She was a very kind and caring woman and Im sure will be missed by many. Readers, please pray for Karen's children and family during this difficult time.
James Dochnal September 19, 2011 at 08:50 AM
Eureka Has not just lost a AWESOME RESIDENT of Eureka But a Super fine Bussiness woman also.
Pam Biles September 19, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Karen was one of the nicest people I have ever met. My prayers go out to Bain and Bailey.
Angie September 19, 2011 at 04:15 PM
What a terrible tragedy. She was a wonderful, strong, independent woman. My heart is broken. No children should ever lose a parent so tragically, let alone both of them. It just doesn't seem fair.
Lisa September 19, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Our hearts go out to Bain and Bailey. Karen was such a wonderful giving person who loved her family and friends very much. I feel lucky to have known her. Her smile walking into Ty's liquor said it all. Rest in Peace Karen.

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