Karen Kay Kline was born on Oct. 16, 1946, in Marion, Kansas. She was the daughter of Walter and Rachel Keazer and sister of Marvin Kline.
She died on May 5, 2019, at 72 years old. She was preceded in death by husband John, son Eric, parents Walter and Rachel Keazer, sister-in-law Evelyn Kline, and brother-in-law Ron Post.
Karen graduated from Marion High School in 1964. After graduation, she attended Vernon’s School of Cosmetology in Wichita, Kansas. Karen married John Lee Kline in the spring of 1965, and they honeymooned in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. In 1966, John and Karen welcomed their first child, Annette. They eventually welcomed two more children, Eric Lee in 1970 and Jon Michael in 1973.
In the following years, Karen worked as a beautician at R.K. Beauty Shop and volunteered for the 4-H club. Most of her time was devoted to being a homemaker for her family and providing her children with the opportunity to participate in summer activities.
After retirement, John and Karen traveled to Rockport, Texas, for sixteen years to avoid the winters in Kansas. While in Texas, she enjoyed playing bingo, meeting new friends, and traveling to Port Aransas Pass. She loved walking on the beach, collecting seashells, and seeing the dolphins swim.
In her free time, Karen enjoyed reading, cooking/baking, camping, collecting, attending auctions, and traveling to different casinos. She also spent many hours volunteering in the community and visiting with friends at the Marion Senior Center.
Karen’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow and go through memorable milestones. She dedicated many hours going to their school and sporting events and some of her fondest memories were spent with her grandchildren during the holidays.
Karen is survived by daughter Annette, son Michael and his wife Patsy, daughter-in-law Gretchin, brother Marvin, eight grandchildren (Casey, Kayla, Travis, Shanna, Lindsay, Shayla, Brooks, and Brianna), one great-grandchild (Douglas), six sisters-in-law, and five brothers-in-law.
A memorial service was held May 14 at Zeiner Funeral Home.