Karen S. Campbell, 78, of Wichita, formerly of Conway Springs, died Monday, June 25, 2018 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
Karen was born March 6, 1940, at Wichita, to Keith Leonard Leichhardt and Thelma Irene (Swanson) Leichhardt. Karen grew up in Wichita and attended Wichita public schools. She graduated from Wichita East High School with the class of 1958. She continued her education at Wichita State University that summer.
In August of 1958, she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and she was stationed in California, Texas and Florida. She was honorably discharged in 1964 and returned to Kansas, where she worked at the First National Bank in Kansas City.
Karen was united in marriage to David Jules DeMascio in 1967 at Wichita, and to this union three daughters were born: Melissa Ann, Cynthia Elaine and Dawn Michelle. The family moved to Littleton, Colo.; Waco, Texas; and overseas to Germany, before returning to the U.S. in January 1978.
Karen married Ronald Ralph Campbell on Feb. 9, 1980, in Wichita. The family made their home in Wichita until moving to their home north of Conway Springs in September of 1980.
In 1982, Karen began working for the Player Piano Company in Wichita. She worked in sales and in the credit department at Lewin’s Lady’s Clothing Store from 1988 until it closed in 1995 and returned to Player Piano Company in 1988. Karen became a nurse’s aide at Spring View Manor in 1997 and worked for Shepler’s in Wichita from 1991 to 2000 and for Crossroad’s General Station, Viola before retiring in 2002. Ron died March 10, 2006.
Karen was a member of the First Christian Church, Conway Springs, where she was active in C.W.F and was the treasurer of the Fifth Wednesday Club. Upon moving to Wichita she became a member of Pine Valley Christian Church. She was also a member of the “Just Friends Club,” the “Red Hat Society” and the Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony.
Karen started a 1940’s Pen Pal Club that grew to over 200 mailings throughout the world. She published a bi-monthly newsletter for a number of years.
Karen was also preceded in death by her parents and one daughter Melissa Ann DeMascio.
Karen is survived by daughters, Cynthia Rhodes and Dawn Wade, both of Wichita; stepdaughters, Patricia Godsey of Wichita, Catherine Goatee of Kentucky and Rhonda Campbell of Kansas City; one sister, Janet Elliott of Wichita; 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018, from the Pine Valley Christian Church, Conway Springs, with the Rev. Kara Courtney, pastor, officiating. Committal Service and Interment was at 2 p.m. in Conway Springs Cemetery, Conway Springs. Arrangements were by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online condolences and guest book are available www.ebersolemortuary.com
A memorial has been established with the Pine Valley Christian Church, 5620 E. 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67208.