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Karen C. Harbison

Karen C. Harbison, nee Branson, 78, of Kansas City, MO, died July 2, 2017, in North Kansas City, MO. She was born September 23, 1938, in Red Bud, IL.
She is survived by her children Jody (Dennis) Schreder, Karla (Mark) Gelino, Trisha (Todd) Gossett, & Kristi Harbison (significant other Julie Northe); grandchildren Mandy (Jeff) Herring, Anthony (Sara) Schreder, Casey Schreder, Keith Hoffmann Jr., Jamie Hoffmann, Jesse Gelino, Chuck Goodman, & (Ashley) Samantha Harbison; great grandchildren Haleigh, Lucas, Bryce, Kaylynn, Lucian, Nadia, Hailie, Brooke, Lexie, Charlie, & Mason; good friend David Martin; sister Nadine (Joseph) Feldker; sister-in-law Linda Branson & Elsie Branson; and brother-in-law Floyd (Zip) Zipfel.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents Bluford A & Ione C. (nee Fischer) Branson ; husband Charles A. "Art" Harbison; son Michael Charles Harbison; sisters Phyllis Boehne, Joan O'Connor, & Joyce Zipfel; brothers Donald, Keith, & Jack Branson.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Donor's Choice

3 PM to 8 PM Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Quernheim Funeral Home
8 AM until time of service Friday 

10 AM Friday, July 7, 2017 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating
Interment at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo, IL

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Prayers for the whole family and may Karen sleep peacefully with the angels. Its been a very long time since I had the blessing to be in Karen's presence but I remember the wonderful person she was and I am sure that never changed.

Carrie Walser Jul 6 2017 12:00 AM

oh, my - Karen did not have, nor did she expect an easy life- I,m sure her children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren brightened her days. I'm thinking Nadine
stayed in contact throughout her life- sharing the grief when yet another family member died. May she rest in peace and all your memories be good ones
Wiith sincere sympathy for your loss

bud and Susan Vogt Jul 6 2017 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss. She was a great woman.

Brenda Beam Jul 6 2017 12:00 AM

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A BASKET GARDEN was sent on July 6, 2017

With Blessings, Love and Prayers. Please know we are thinking of you all. The O'Connor cousins-- Kelley Williams, Kerrey Shupe, Amy O'Connor and Donnie O'Connor

Expression of Sympathy Jul 6 2017 12:00 AM

I love you Kris and Sam, there are not enough "I'm sorry" to make the pain go away. she is resting peacefully now and for eternity. see you guys when you get home. <3


Shawnna Poindexter Jul 5 2017 12:00 AM

Love an going to miss yoy very much. Karen. Prayers for the family

Bettyst Vansant Jul 5 2017 12:00 AM

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A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was ordered on July 5, 2017

Expression of Sympathy Jul 5 2017 12:00 AM