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Karen L. Lebeda Gifford

May 18, 1959 ~ January 9, 2013

Karen Louise (Lebeda) Gifford was born May 18, 1959 in Wichita, Kansas to Jerry and Nancy (Crites) Lebeda. She attended Caldwell High School and worked at Futures in Wellington.

On July 3, 1985, Karen was united in marriage to Mark Gifford at the old Hahn School north of Caldwell.

Karen passed away Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at the Andover Medical Center in Andover, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Nancy Lebeda and three sets of grandparents, Perry and Mary Lebeda, Jack and Evelyn Tilory and Frank and Neva Crites

She is survived by her husband Mark of Wellington, two brothers: Mark Lebeda of Caldwell and David Lebeda of Hutchinson, KS and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday in the Sumner Memorial Gardens in Wellington with Rev. Donna Wise officiating.

Memorials may be given in memory of Karen to the Medicalodge Nursing Home of Douglass Activity Fund.

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Shirley and Ken Everhart

Family and Friends - 01/09/2013

We are sorry to hear of Karen's death. She was a dear friend to the Future's Unlimited group which included our son, Rex. Our condolences to the family.


Janet Schuchman

Family and Friends - 01/09/2013


I'm so sorry for your loss. You're in my prayers and in my thoughts.



Lorie (Baker) Franks

Family and Friends - 01/09/2013

I am so sorry for your loss Mark. Prayers go out to you and the family and friend. She was a wonderful woman and had such a sweet personality. I remember her sweet smile from school and you from when you lived by my folks, Delbert and Loudell Baker on Douglas street in Wellington. You take care and know that she is in a much better place.


Marla Nispel

Family and Friends - 01/09/2013

To Mark, Mark and David - it has been an honor and privilege to be allowed to care for Karen at Medicalodges Douglass for the past several years. I was always so touched when I visited the nursing home and Karen would smile and wave at me, and want me to set down and talk with her. She would always have a kind word. She never forgot that we were the same age with birthdays only a couple of days apart. Karen is most certainly one of God's most beautiful angels and she will be missed.


Marilyn Misak

Family and Friends - 01/09/2013

Sympathy to Karen's family. I have many memories of Karen and her family. God Bless.


Lili Clark

Family and Friends - 01/10/2013

Dave and I are very saddened to hear about Karen's passing. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you. Lil and Dave Clark


Brian Crites,Barbralin,Kyle, and Marysunshine

Family and Friends - 01/11/2013

Mark,Mark,and David.

We were just told of your loss. We were saddened to hear of this but know that Karen in all her beauty and spirit is in a place to share more kindness and love. We know Mark and David that you will always carry her memories of the three of you growing up. Mark, as her husband you have a bond and connection that will be in your heart until you both meet again.

We love you guys and wish you the best, and extend prayers to all fo you.

Brian Crites 2251 utah rd

Iola ks.66749


Valerie Zeka Ledesma

Family and Friends - 01/13/2013


Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, Valerie


Karen Jones

Family and Friends - 01/14/2013

Thinking of you and keeping your family in my prayers.


Mindy Tencleve

Family and Friends - 01/16/2013

Please know you and your family are in my prayers. Think of you often


Bonnie Guerra

Family and Friends - 01/21/2013

Mark, Mark and David just found out today. I am so sorry to hear this. Mark I remember the day you two got married!!! She was such a awesome person and I will miss her dearly.


Harriet (Bruey) Fillmore

Family and Friends - 01/29/2013

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Karen. I so enjoyed visiting with her at the ceramic shop in Wellington. She was such a very truly caring sincere person. Heaven now has an angel we had on earth. Prayers with the family.

Harriet & Family



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