"Karen will be remembered by her family and friends for her intelligence and her wicked sense of humor. Everyone enjoyed her graceful spirit and love of life. Karen spoke often of her love of family. She was very proud of her beloved daughter Brittney and to have been able to welcome her first granddaughter Iris. She loved watching her family expand through her wonderful husband Bob, where she gained two more children and a grandson.
Karen loved growing up with five brothers and five sisters, with whom she remained especially close and adored throughout her life, due to the example set by her loving parents. Karen lived her life with grace and dignity and a beauty both inside and out."
Karen Kresse was born March 16, 1949. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCA with a Master's in Special Education and was voted outstanding student in her Master's program.
She is survived by her husband Bob; her daughter Brittney (Hans); her granddaughter Iris; stepson Brent (Liz); her grandson Jude; stepdaughter Natali; siblings Tom (Sandy) Kresse, Kathy Kresse, Christy (Jim) Leach, Tim Kresse, Greg (Julie) Kresse, Cynthia Kresse, Sharon (Bevan) Kresse, Lisa (Paul) Patterson, Kevin (Bridget) Kresse and John Kresse; her parents Eugene and Dorris Kresse; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in North Little Rock.
Memorials can be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Pulaski County Humane Society.