In Loving Memory
Karen S. Holt passed away on August 18 after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service for Karen will be held on Wednesday, September 1 at 11 a.m. (with a visitation from 10 a.m ,to 11 a.m.) at Westlink Christian Church, 2001 N. Maize Road, Wichita, Kansas, 67212.
Karen was born on October 29, 1940 in Madison, Kansas, to Weldon and Opal Frazier. When she was six months old her family moved to Pampa, Texas, where she spent her youth and graduated with the Pampa High School class of 1959. She moved to Liberal, Kansas in 1960 and worked as a secretary for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company. It was in Liberal in 1961 that she met her husband of 44 years, Jim Holt. Following their marriage in 1966 they lived in Wichita, Kansas where they raised their two sons, James J. Holt II and Richard W. Holt. In 2005 Karen and Jim moved to Kansas City to be near their son Richard, his wife Amy and their children.
While living in Wichita, Karen was active in Beta Sigma Phi sorority, P.E.O. (a women’s philanthropic organization) and Bible Study Fellowship in addition to being actively involved with her church and in activities at her sons’ schools. After moving to Kansas City she remained active in P.E.O. and Bible Study Fellowship. She loved to travel, and together with her husband Jim visited 49 US states, Canada and Mexico, three countries in South America and 10 countries in Europe. In raising her two sons she became a very knowledgeable and avid fan of sports, especially the Kansas Jayhawks.
Karen dedicated her life to Christ, and to study of the Bible and teaching the Bible to young children as a teaching leader at Bible Study Fellowship. She served as a teaching leader for 26 years, helping many children through her efforts, and will always be remembered for her love of children and her very strong faith. Karen touched many other lives as well, and will also be remembered as a very loving and caring person who had nothing but good things to say about others.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Saundra Friend. She is survived by her husband, her two sons, her daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, Elliott and Isaac, all of Kansas City, two sisters, Janice Hubbard of Pampa, Texas, and Linda McCollough of Florissant, Colorado, and her brother James Frazier of Houston, Texas.
Karen’s family would like to thank Kansas City Hospice for their generous and loving care during Karen’s final days.
In lieu of flowers, Karen wished for memorial contributions in her name to be made to The Rafiki Foundation, Inc. and sent to Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, Kansas 66215.
Trustees. He and Irene were sponsors for the United Methodist Youth Fellowship for several years. He loved the Lord, his family, watching his two sons play any kind of sports, and listening to his daughter sing and play the piano. He learned to snow ski in 1978 and enjoyed the mountains and being on the slopes. Vern was an avid sportsman and liked watching Seward County Community College/Area Technical School athletic events as well as Oklahoma University sports. When his health permitted he looked forward to morning and afternoon coffee time with his friends.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Helen L. Smith and Vera J. Cargill, one brother, Raymond L, Hecox one niece, Glenda M. Gramling and one nephew, Kirk A. Hecox.
Survivors include his wife, Irene; son Steve Hecox and wife, Vicki, Liberal, Kansas; daughter, Colleen Pelz and husband, Randy, The Villages, Florida, and son Scott Hecox and wife, Elizabeth, Norman, Oklahoma. Seven grandchildren; Colby Hecox and wife, Kayla, Blanchard, Oklahoma, Shane Hecox and wife, Hilarie, Buhler, Kansas, Andy Millett, Tallahassee, Florida, Marcy Millett, St. Petersburg, Florida, Matt Hecox, Lukas Hecox and Marcus Hecox, Norman, Oklahoma and four great grandchildren, Henry, Hattie, Halle and Dax.
o Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2010 at Trinity Faith Church in Liberal, Kansas.
Crematory disposition will follow the memorial service directed by Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. in Hooker, Oklahoma.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Tyrone Cemetery Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice and may be left at the Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, Oklahoma 73945.
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