Karen J. Mall, 45, Manhattan, KS, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at the K.U. Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.
She was born July 24, 1963 at Liberal, KS, the daughter of Erwin L. Brewer and Lila J. (Oblander) Brewer.She grew up in Liberal, where she attended the local schools and was a 1981 graduate of Liberal High School.She also attended Seward County Community College and received her BS degree from Cameron University, Lawton, OK.She later attended Kansas State University, Manhattan, receiving a Masters Degree in Computer Science.
Karen was united in marriage to Scott Mall on September 24, 1994 at Manhattan.He survives at the home, along with her 'girls', Maggie, Peg and Koko.
At the time of her death, Karen was a Systems Analyst for the Farm Bureau Financial Services, Manhattan and was a member of the Manhattan Pilot Club.Other memberships included the First United Methodist Church, Liberal.Karen enjoyed softball, quilting, and photography, was an avid supporter of KSU athletics and MHS Lady Indians basketball, and was a dedicated runner, as she completed the Chicago Marathon in 2000.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Lila J. Hagaman, Liberal; and a brother, Douglas R. Brewer, Liberal, and by numerous stepbrothers, stepsisters and cousins.
Karen was preceded in death by her father, Erwin L. Brewer in 1974; and her stepfather, Jay Hagaman in 2007.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 21, 2008 in the First United Methodist Church, Manhattan, with the Rev. Kay Scarbrough officiating.Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 2008 in the Liberal City Cemetery, Liberal, KS., with Pastor Jack Jacob officiating.
Karen’s family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Thursday, November 20, 2008 in the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, Manhattan.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research-KSU or the SCCC Development0 Foundation-Erwin L. Brewer Family Scholarship Fund and sent in care of the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS66502.Online condolences can be sent to www.irvinparkview.com.
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