Karen E. Showalter


Karen Showalter

Karen Showalter

Karen Elizabeth Mendenhall Showalter was born in Lafayette, IN, June 8th 1942 to Wilma (Bosworth) and Earl Mendenhall. After her family moved around many times they settled in Kansas City, KS, where she graduated from Rosedale High in 1960. Shortly after graduation she married Jerry, July 1, 1960. They made their home in Olathe, KS where they raised their 3 children, Kelly, Jeep and Jeff. She and Jerry spent their retirement years on their 5 acre farm in Garnett, KS.

Karen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandma, sister, aunt and friend. Her hobbies included, painting, crafting & floral arrangements. She was a long time member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #700, serving in several officer positions. The past several years she enjoyed her membership in “The Friends of the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail” where she helped in the organizing, designing and implementing of their yearly scarecrows on parade, haunted house for Halloween, and float for the Christmas Lights Parade. You could easily find Karen at any of her grandkids sporting events or dance recitals.

Karen is survived by her 3 children, Kelly (husband Dick), Jeep, Jeff (wife Kelly), grandchildren, Jessica (husband Bryan), Louie, Karlyn, Allison, Madeline, Grace and Jackson. Great granddaughter, Ruby. Three sisters, Carolyn Collier, Sharon Starnes, Marilyn Kelly, brother Payne (wife Yolanda), several nieces and nephews.

Proceeded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years Jerry, mother Wilma, father Earl.

Arr. McGilley & Frye Funeral Home


Friday, June 12, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
McGilley & Frye Funeral Home
105 E. Loula Street
Olathe, Kansas 66061
(913) 782-0582

Funeral Service

Friday, June 12, 2015
12:00 pm
McGilley & Frye Funeral Home
105 E Loula Street
Olathe, Kansas 66061

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