Karen Kay Lind

A Visitation for Karen Kay Lind will be held from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.


Memorial service for Karen will be private; however, the service can be viewed “live” on our website beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2020.


Karen Kay Lind died peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 12th, 2020.

Karen was born in Moberly, Missouri on April 4, 1940 to Lois Marie (Kingsolver) and Melvyn Wayne Lewis. She attended schools in Kirksville, Brookfield, Kansas City, Missouri and Lawrence, Kansas. She married Ronald Barnes and had two daughters, Kimberly and Melody.

In 1975 she opened Karen’s Bridal Shop and took great pride in providing the best possible bridal shopping experience to each of her clients for over 10 years.

Karen loved to travel, read and entertain. She lived in Hawaii for eight years where she thoroughly enjoyed being a beach girl, served as President of the Newcomers Club of Honolulu and helped more brides choose their perfect dress while working in a local bridal shop. When she returned to Lawrence, Karen and her best friend, Nancy Amison, opened an alteration shop, Making it Fit, and worked together for several years. It was soon after her return to Lawrence that she met, and married, the love of her life, Richard (Dick) Lind. Karen and Dick enjoyed over 17 years of happily wedded bliss and adventures, taking many trips and enjoying time with their friends and family.

Karen is survived by her husband, Richard Lind, daughters, Kim (Andy) Booth and Melody Barnes, step-children, Richard (Christol) Lind, Paul (Emily) Lind and Lauri (Paul) Scrivner, grandchildren, Kyle (Liz) Coleman, Victoria (Aaron) Tilden, Halee (Kyle) Young and Chelsey Tuggle, two great grandchildren, Brian Lewis and Chase Coleman and sister-in-law, Sue Lewis. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Randy Lewis.

A memorial service will be planned for later this year.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Karen’s name to Visiting Nurses or Trinity Treasures, Trinity Episcopal Church and may be sent in care of Warren McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

29 Condolences

  1. Cheryl Bowman on April 13, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Dick, I know your heart is broken, and I know you have many many wonderful memories with Karen to help you through this difficult time. I am so sorry for your terrible loss and knowing you will miss her so much. She really loved and adored you as well.
    I will miss my forever friend also, remembering all our fun times, long talks, and her great parties. God bless you and your family. Love, Cheryl

  2. Mary Bennett on April 14, 2020 at 8:45 am

    We are so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. I remember when you announced you two were marrying, and how much your love for each other showed over the years. May God bless you and grant you strength and peace. Love, Mary and Gary Bennett and family

  3. Sandy Cowell on April 14, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Dick, we are so sorry to hear about Karen. Such a caring and sweet lady. She loved you so much! We enjoyed all our conversations and time together. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Kristen on April 14, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Dick, my heart breaks for you. Karen was a wonderful friend to me. We had many great Christmas parties and you made the perfect butler! I will miss her deeply. You were her best friend, and the love of her life. Love you Dick.

  5. Jeanne Babboni on April 14, 2020 at 11:30 am

    You will be missed..you always will be my be Aunt Karen. Spending alot of time with you and Kim, Melody when I was a young girl…love you..jeanne..

  6. Susie Biele Simono on April 14, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    So sorry to hear about you wife. Take care! Susie Biele Simono

  7. Fairley & Donna McCain on April 14, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    We offer our condolences to all the family.

  8. George and Cheryl Hunsinger on April 14, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of your mom Kim. Sending you prayers and love.

  9. saundra sue on April 14, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Dick, I’m so very sorry for your loss

  10. Wendy Babboni on April 14, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    You will be missed,I have a lot of wonderful childhood memories of you as my aunt. My condolences to Kim and Melody and family

  11. Karen Vespestad on April 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Wonderful tribute to a very special lady! Know she will sadly missed. May God’s peace comfort you with loving family memories. Condolences and love to all.

  12. Harlanne Roberts on April 14, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Dick, Karen’s death leaves so many of us wishing we could be with you to hug you and help you through this. Karen was a great friend and a very special contributor to Trinity and Trinity Treasures. I will miss her so much.

  13. Karla Oyler on April 14, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    So sorry, Dick. We will always remember Karen as vivacious, gracious, and with a smile on her face. It was a pleasure to know her…

  14. Denny & Marlys Rustman on April 14, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Dick & family, we are so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. We cherish the memories of time spent at Edens together. Karen was always so sweet–even if she wouldn’t bowl with us. She was our cheerleader!! Our thoughts h prayers are with you, especially at this time when we can’t even be together. Hugs from afar.

  15. Alan & Dolores Boucher on April 14, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Alan & Dolores Boucher:

    Dear Dick, we are so sorry to hear this news about Karen! She was such a joy to be around! We loved the times we spent talking to you both! Please know you and your family will be in our prayers! Alan and I send our love at this time of deep sorrow!

  16. Shelley Gehrke on April 14, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Kim & Melody,
    I’m so sorry to hear this. I have very fond memories of your Mother and all of us when we were little. I bought my wedding dress from her. Such a kind person. You are in my thoughts.

  17. Stu and Lois Drew on April 15, 2020 at 8:56 am

    We so sorry to hear about Karen’s death. Rest assured that this not the end but a Glorious beginning for her.

  18. Margie Coggins on April 15, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    At this time of loss, I hope you can feel the comfort and caring thoughts from the community you have supported your entire life. May you feast on the stories and memories of your love and adventures together.

  19. Jack and Margaret Grotewohl on April 16, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Dick, we are so saddened to hear of the passing of Karen. Our thought’s and prayers are with you.

  20. Lyle and Stacy Hagenbuch on April 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Dick, We are so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you and your family.

  21. Anita (Henrikson) and Gordon Rogier on April 18, 2020 at 10:56 am

    I am so heartbroken to hear of Karen’s passing.

    Kim and Melody – your mother was such a special person and I so enjoyed working with her at the bridal shop. I will treasure those memories.

    Richard – I will miss waving to Karen over the fence.

    Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  22. Barry Molineux on April 20, 2020 at 11:30 am

    My sincerest sympathy to you and your family on Karen’s passing.

  23. Johnson and Nancy Shockley on May 2, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Kim and Melody: We were so sorry to read the news about Karen. She was one of those rare persons who not only had a dream for her life, like the Bridal Shoppe, but had the courage to pursue it and make it a success. Our thoughts are with you.

    Johnson and Nancy Shockley

  24. Betty Guder on August 17, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Dick & family, we are sorry for your great loss. You were always such a gentleman during my years at Farmland. I remember how happy I was for you in your marriage to Karen. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Dale & Betty Guder

  25. Patricia Smith on August 20, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Dear Kim and Andy,

    We were so sorry to hear of the loss of Kim’s mom. We send healing prayers.

    Neighbors Pat and Eric Smith

  26. Ddbra Lind on August 20, 2020 at 11:01 pm


    I am so very sorry for your loss.

    Debra Lind

  27. Pete Curran on August 21, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    I know how much Dick cared for Karen and how much he benefited from their marriage. I extend all my condolences Dick and to her family.

  28. Cindy Brinkerhoff on August 25, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    I will always have fond memories of our Ladies’ Christmas parties hosted by Karen, with your assistance! You and Karen always made us feel comfy and at home. Remember all the good times.

  29. Kevan and Gail Vick on August 27, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    We were so sorry to hear about Karen’s passing. We know you two spent many happy years together. Karen actually sold me my wedding dress shortly after she opened her shop many years ago. Please know that you will forever be in our hearts.

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