Unconditional love was the keystone of Karen Breeden's life on earth. Karen lived her 58 years with total love and acceptance for all God's creatures, both two and four-legged. She put her whole heart into her love for her family, always eager for any family time together, both with her immediate family and reunions with her many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Karen Elaine Breeden passed away February 27, 2014 from a massive stroke at the University of Kansas Medical Center with her family beside her. Karen was born in Quinter, KS on July 21, 1955 to Ormond and Lenora Breeden of Quinter. She lived with her friends from Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas in Hays for most of her adult life. Karen touched the lives of her many caregivers and friends at DSNWK through the years she lived and worked with them.
Karen had many favorites - cats, the Mary Poppins movie, eating out, Diet Coke, Mickey Mouse and anything Disney. Thank you, Walt!
She looked forward to attending church with David and Debbie, loved to take trips to Kansas City to visit Carolyn and Ron. She loved her nieces and nephews and their children, especially holding them as babies.
Preceding Karen in death were her beloved parents, Ormond and Lenora Breeden. Survivors are sister Carolyn and Ron Darst of Lenexa, brother David and Debbie Breeden of Hays; nieces and nephews Ryan and Beth Darst and children, Jodi Darst and children, Mark and Anne Breeden and children, and Sarah and Carlos Labriel and children. Many other extended family members are also grieving the loss of such a special individual.
Karen met any stranger with a smile, a handshake and the certainty that she had made a new friend. She was never critical or judgmental of friends, family or caregivers, but welcomed each one into her life with affection. She faced disappointments in changed plans with a simple, "It's OK, next time."
Gentle, caring, loving, kind, funny, patient, contented - Karen will be greatly missed by all who loved her. She has been joyfully welcomed home by Mom and Dad.
Thank you, Karen, for being you.
Visitation will be Monday, March 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at North Oak Community Church, 3000 N. Oak Street, in Hays with the funeral at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 4 at the church. Interment will be at Mount Pleasant Baptist Cemetery in rural Studley, KS at 2:30 p.m. after the funeral luncheon.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas and may be sent in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 N. 12th, WaKeeney, KS 67672.
Words of comfort may be sent online at www.schmittfuneral.com.