Karen Harris

Karen Sue Harris of Independence, Missouri, passed away on February 22, 2011, at Independence Manor, after a long battle with cancer.

Karen was born July 31, 1963, to Willard and Ollia Harris. A graduate of Van Horn High School in May of 1981, she worked for Sunshine Center of Independence, MO for 27 years. She loved and cared for children that needed help. She loved helping others.

Karen is survived by two beautiful twin daughters, Felicia and Fallon Leaton; her loving and caring partner, Otis Leaton of Independence, MO; mother Ollia Harris of Independence, MO; a brother, Ed Harris and Theresa Martin of Buckner, MO; four sisters, Cheryl Williamson and family, Teresa Harris and Larry Trenary and Family, all of Clinton, MO, Jennifer Harris and Melvin Driscoll of Independence, MO, Letha Harris and family of Blue Springs, MO; many neices and nephews, aunts and uncles and many friends who loved her very much.

Karen was preceded in death by her father, Willard Harris, two sisters, Pamela and Donna Harris, maternal grandparents, Ray and Neva Harris.

There will be a memorial service at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the VFW Post 1000, at 1002 E. 24 Hwy, Independence, MO, and a dinner will follow. Everyone is welcome. 

Many thanks to Independence Manor, the nurses and staff at the Kansas City Cancer Center, Crossroads Hospice and the VFW Post 1000 for all their support.


  1. JENNIFER HARRIS on March 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm


  2. Crystal on March 17, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I have known Karen since I was about 13….she became one of my bestest friends EVER..I could always go to her about any and everything. I will definately miss that. She had the greatest personality. I’m fortunate to have met her and to have remained friends with her. I LOVE AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH KAREN…There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you and all the memories I have. I still cry but I know you’re in a better place <3

  3. Marlena on March 18, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Karen, Thank you for all of the wonderful memories!! I will forever cherish them! Fly with the angels my friend! Hugs and Blessings to all!!

  4. Christine on March 18, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Karen I dont think in words I could ever desribe what you meant to me. I’m so very glad we got to spend time togather. and I was honored for you to make me apart of this very long fight you had. as i told you many times you are the strongest lady i know. I meant what I said cause you fought so hard for your girls.I know your watching over all of us. I know you are making demands to god to make that happen.Because you know how lost we are without you. Now that your in heaven seeing your dad and sister who I know you missed so much, I know that makes you happy. I will always treassure the time we had togather you will always be my sister and my bestfriend. I know in my heart That you truly loved me.and i wanna thank you for that. I listen to the message on my phone when I was sick, And I think to myself how deeply special that makes me feel to hear you be concerned about me with all that you was going threw.
    True friends are those who lift you up when your heart’s wings forget how to fly.
    Remember you bought that picture for me for my birthday? I will always tressure that picture. I love you so much Karen I thank god for making us who we are. sisters/Bff

  5. Rebecca Alvarez (Harris) on March 18, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Karen me and the boys love you so much and we’re going to miss you a lot. I wish you didn’t go through what you did but no one can change it. We know now you’re in a better place and not suffering anymore. I promise to help anyway i can with the girls. Karen your loved very much down here and greatly missed. We love you so much Karen!

  6. cheryl williamson on March 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    cheryl williamson and family

  7. cheryl williamson on March 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Karen we all love you and the boys love you and miss you very much .I love you sis and I miss you very much ,I wish i could of taking all your pain away and I wish I could of taking your spot and taking it all away and you still be here love you SIS AND MISS YOU .

  8. Paula Luallen on April 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Karen Sue Harris: brought many good times & laughter into life in general.She will be sorely missed but never forgotten!! I will have a drink for you every St. Patrick’s Day!! It took my breathe away & broke my heart the day you passed away, but remembering you will always bring a smile to my face!!!!!

  9. Ivy on June 28, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Aunt Karen you’ll never know how much me & my children miss you dearly & always will. You were the best aunt anyone could ever ask for. I am thankful that your my aunt & that I got a chance to know you. I wanna say thanks for being the best aunt & for everything you ever did for me & my chikdren. I will always be here for the girls. I hope they grow up to be like you someday. You were the most loving & caring person I know. I wish I could of taken the cancer away so you didnt have be sick but now your in heaven with jesus & aunt pammy & I know that makes you happy because you loved her so very much. Rip. I love you & so do Xavier & Raelee.

  10. cheryl williamson on February 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Karen I love you alot I know ou are n Heaven and no more pain at all . love ou my sister and wll be with you one da soon love you alot .and miss you alot .I LOVE YOU AND ALWAYS WILL SIS…

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