Our beloved Momma, Wife, Nana and Sister went to Heaven on August 17, 2023, surrounded by her family. Karen Kay Vermillion was born June 12, 1947, in Anthony, Kansas to William (Bill) and Dorthy (Seifert) Hesser.
In 1965, Karen married her first husband, Kenneth. They had two daughters, Shelly and Shelia. They were married for almost 50 years. She was employed as a Payroll Clerk with the Sublette School district. In 2002, Karen and Ken moved to Newton to be closer to their kids and grandkids. She loved her job in Payroll for the Newton School District. In 2012 she retired from the school, well we thought so anyway. She continued to contract with the school district and worked part time as a teller at Heartland Credit Union. She is preceded in death by Ken.
Karen later married Jack Vermillion on June 12, 2020, at the First Baptist Church in Newton. While their time together was short, they adored each other and spent a lot of quality time together.
Karen was a special person to everyone she met. She was loyal and there was never any doubt that she loved all of us. Her priority was always God and her family, she loved her church.
Shelly and Shelia could not have asked for a more loving mother. A day will not pass that we do not think of her or remember how wonderful she was.
Karen is survived by her husband Jack of the home; daughters Shelly (Mike) Tritt and Shelia (Cuba) Martinez; sister Barbara (Robert) Roberts; 7 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Kenneth, and a son-in-law.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Newton in care of Petersen Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at First Baptist Church in Newton with Pastor Chip Bungard presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday August 21, 2023 at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Copeland Kansas Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2023 with Pastor Jerry Smith presiding.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Newton and left in care of Petersen Funeral Home.