Karen Bromlow

Karen Lorene (Thornburg) Bromlow, 76, of Winfield, passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at William Newton Hospital.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winfield. Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield.

Memorial contributions in Karen’s name can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML). Contributions can be left in care of the funeral home.

Karen was born on Jan. 17, 1943, in Shattuck, Okla., the daughter of Alberta (Harris) and Ted Thornburg. She graduated from high school in 1961 in Shattuck, Okla. She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. She also attended classes at the University of Kansas. Karen married her life-long partner, Donald Bromlow, on Aug. 28, 1964, at Peace Lutheran Church in Edmond, Okla. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage.

Her life was dedicated to helping children. She also taught elementary education in Fargo, Forgan and Red Rock, Okla., and in Darrouzett, Texas. She spent more than 20 years as a special-education teacher in Winfield and Arkansas City. Karen was the president of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and a pink lady at William Newton Hospital. Girl Scouts were a very important part of her life, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Donald; son, Donald Bromlow II and wife, Leah; daughter, Juanita Callihan and husband, Cary; son, David Bromlow and wife, Lisa; and daughter, Katrina Tarver and husband, Charlie; grandchildren, Amber (Jeremy) Horton, Cayla (Mangin) Chacon, Kristen Callihan, Dawson Bromlow, Nathan Bromlow, Carolyn Bromlow and Kayden Tarver; great-grandchild, Blakely Horton; siblings, Les (Sarah) Thornburg, Pat (Glen) Smith, and Barbara Thomas.