Karen Julane Williams of Cuba, Missouri was born Saturday, November 15, 1941 at Lyons, Kansas to Russell and Martha (nee Anderson) Tappan and passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the age of 78 years.
Karen married Richard Williams on Saturday, September 1, 1962 at Lyons, Kansas.
Karen graduated for Wesley School of Nursing in Wichita, Kansas in 1962 as a registered nurse. She said that she went into nursing to help people and to take care of people. A profession she did very well, until her health began to decline, and she had to retire in 1998 after 38 years of dedication to others.
In her younger years, Karen was a member of the Cuba Tennis League. She loved working in her gardens, both vegetables and flowers. She owned a business called “Paper Dolls” that hung wallpaper and painted. She also owned an ice cream shop called Red Bandana. She never missed a sporting event that her children or grandchildren were part of. She was famous for her Chicken Chow Mein.
The last several years, Karen has been fascinated with family history. Traveling to Newbury, Massachusetts to find the cemetery that her ancestors were buried in.
She was a devout fan of the Kansas Jayhawk basketball for many years and the last few years she would always listen to St. Louis Cardinal baseball on the radio. And before Karen’s health changed, she was a member of the Tri-C Club, Bridge Club and the Cuba United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Martha Tappan; one brother, Arlen Tappan; and grandson, Jeremy Williams.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard Williams of the home; three children, Mark and wife Tammy Williams of Rolla, Missouri, Kevin and wife Chris Williams of Cuba, Missouri, Missouri and Susan and husband Kirk Buhr of Rolla, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Morgan Wilson of Rolla, Missouri, Ryan Williams of El Paso, Texas, Steven Wilson of Rolla, Missouri, Taylor Williams of Cuba, Missouri, Davis Buhr of Rolla, Missouri, Aly Williams of Cuba, Missouri, Alec Buhr of Rolla, Missouri, Audrey Williams of Cuba, Missouri and Isaac Buhr of Rolla, Missouri; sister-in-law Dee Tappan of Topeka, Kansas; brother-in-law, Jim Williams of Springfield, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Misssouri with Pastor Paula Brookshier officiating. Special recorded music was “Amazing Grace,” “When We All Get to Heaven” and “I Can Only Imagine.”
Interment and prayers followed at the Kinder Cemetery in Cuba, Missouri.
Casket bearers were Mark Williams, Kevin Williams, Kirk Buhr, Davis Buhr, Alec Buhr and Isaac Buhr.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.