Karen Kaplan Bullard, 60, of Leawood, Kan., went to be with the Lord, Saturday, October 8, 2011, with her family by her side. Karen was born June 9, 1951, to Harvey Allen and Beverly Jeanne Schmitt Kaplan and was raised in the Kansas City area. She married Edward Bullard on Oct. 12, 1991, and together they had one daughter, Olivia Katherine. Her surviving family members include her beloved daughter, Olivia and devoted husband, Ed and their loyal family pet, Dixie; her much loved brother and sister and their families, Robert Allen Kaplan, his son Benjamin and wife Debbie, Kathy Fatall and her son Zach Fatall, daughter, Samantha Fatall and her son, Trey Michael, her loving uncle and aunt, Jerry and Joy Kaplan and family. Karen was a compassionate and faithful believer who enjoyed family, friends, reading, gardening, decorating, travel and service to others. Karen's love for her family's well being was always at the foremost of her thoughts. She loved and cherished her friendships, some of which span more than 30 years. Karen devoted much of her time to such charitable organizations as The Children's Place where she served as president of the Angels of TCP in 2008, and Hope Faith Ministries where she was volunteer of the year in 2009. Karen will be sincerely missed by her family and friends. She will be remembered as a beautiful and gracious woman who inspired others to be the best they can be. In Karen's words, her cancer taught her patience, trust, and God's love for her through the eyes of her friends. Karen's disease did not rob her of her steadfast faith, hope, courage and love for her family and friends, or the inner and stunning physical beauty, which endured even at the end. The family expresses gratitude to Karen and Ed's small group, friends and clergy at Christ Church and the many friends who have supported Karen and her family during her illness. Karen's family will be having a celebration of life service at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Christ Church Anglican, 5500 W. 91st Street, Overland Park, Kan. In lieu of flowers, Karen would most appreciate donations to The Children's Place or Christ Church Anglican for outreach ministries. Arrangements: Cremation Society of KS & MO, 8837 Roe, (913) 383-9888. Fond memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.kccremation.com
Cremation Society of Kansas and Missouri
Published by Kansas City Star from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2011.