In Memory

Karen Siewert (Yancy)

Karen Siewert (Yancy)

December 8, 1950 - April 29, 2010

Karen Ann Siewert Yancy
Abilene, Texas

Karen Ann Siewert Yancy has finally won her battle with cancer and has gone to live with her Heavenly Father. She is now at peace and will be waiting for all of her dear family and friends with Jesus when he calls for them.
Born on December 8, 1950, to Clarence Lee and Elizabeth 'Ann' Siewert, Karen had one son, Dustin Ryan Yancy, whom she loved dearly.
Karen lived in Abilene most of her life. She lived in Las Vegas, Nevada 1998 to 2007 when she moved back to Abilene. She worked for a physician there as an office manager. She worked in the medical field most of her life.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church for most of her life. She loved her church and her church family. Pastor K was there with her from the very beginning. "Thank you, Pastor K and Ellen and congregation, for all of your spiritual support."
Karen was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi, Chapter Xi Pi Alpha. Her sorority sisters meant the world to her and were always there for her needs. She also had a host of friends who took her under their wings and made sure she had good times along with the bad. They made her laugh. She fought her battles for all of these people and for her loving family with help from above. God was always her strength, but they were her advocates that helped her fight. She did not want to let anyone down. She just wanted to stay as long as she could.
Karen is survived by her parents, Clarence and Ann Siewert of Abilene; son, Dustin Yancy and his life partner, Courtney, of Abilene and her daughter, Kady; sister-in-law Melinda Hoover and husband, Randy, of Terre Haute, Indiana; and a number of cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Louis and Clara Siewert and Skinny and Eufa Regeon.
Thank you to Dr. Kalla and the staff of Abilene Cancer Center.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Clyde Kieschnick officiating, directed by The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory, Abilene, TX 79601, or Capital Campaign at Zion Lutheran Church and All God's Children at Zion Lutheran Church, both at 2801 Antilley Rd., Abilene, TX 79606.
Online condolences may be posted at

go to bottom 
  Post Comment
    Prior Page

05/02/10 08:02 AM #12    

Becky Barbee (Lawry)

My selfish side hurts terribly while my sensible side knows she is in the arms of our Lord and finally at peace and pain free.  I miss my friend - her wonderful attitude, determination, laughter, our shared tears - and oh, that smile of hers.

05/02/10 08:08 PM #13    

Esther Higgins (Stedman)

The last time I saw Karen was at a mini-reunion in Georgetown in July of 2009.  Although, I was a bit of a recluse in high school, and had not known her well, she walked right up to me, called me by name, and asked me how I was doing.  I think that speaks volumes as to what kind of a person Karen was.  Her focus was on others, even in the midst of her illness.  I am sorry that I did not get to know her better, but I will remember her kindness, and try to treat others likewise.

05/02/10 09:23 PM #14    

Barbara Anderson (Gaskins)

Karen...I just want you to know...we celebrated your life this weekend.  And as usual...Terrie, Mike and "you know who" did not act right.  I really needed you there to keep them straight...but I guess I did a fair job all things considered.  You were missed, discussed, cried about, laughed about and generally the main star of the whole weekend (as it should be.)   I am going to miss you a lot ....miss you and Melinda and Jenny dancing with water noodles at the lake....and NO I won't show that made me promise!  We will continue to remember you, toast you and absolutely LOVE you til we are altogether again!!!  I cried like a big ole baby at the service, but then the preacher read your own words and he said that YOU said it was ok to cry...but only for a little bit.  I will try my best to honor your wishes, but I am pretty wussy :)  

And please don't worry...we will look in on your mom and dad sometimes and make sure Tricia is not trying to do everything in the world by herself!  We've also got Becky there as a spy!

I love you my beautiful, funny friend.  I want you here, but I know you are off all the things that were making you miserable and I have to be happy about that....or at least accept it.  Please wait for us !  (Although I know it's going to be "iffy" for some of us :) 

Rest well my favorite's about time!

I love you!   Princess Barbara Gaskins :)   (Your nick for me :)

05/04/10 07:28 PM #15    

Toni Terzian (Wellhausen)

My dear Karen, I thought I was through crying until I read all the posts on your profile...especially Princess Barb's. I just want to thank you for bringing into my life (and Larry's) some of the best, closest, most wonderful friends ever. We all had a wonderful symbiotic lifted us up with your spirit and your will, and we, in turn, were able to do our part. You are most loved and missed. Thank you for all the blessings you bestowed upon us.

05/04/10 11:14 PM #16    

Butch Rogers


was fortunate to have reconnected with Karen through the eagles 69 site and emails after all these years, and when I tried contacting her today I found that she has gone home. 

I take some solace in knowing that God's desire for Karen and all of us is revealed in Proverbs 1:33 "Whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil." I know she is home safely.



05/23/10 01:55 PM #17    

Mike Patton


05/23/10 03:59 PM #18    

Sandy Knight (Paige)

I don't keep up well enough - and I'm sorry for that. It's hard enough to concentrate on the little things, then you discover you missed a really big one. So much heart ache in just a year's time.  Almost a year ago, Karen came to Jimmy's funeral and greeted me with a big earnest smile, hug and kiss. You could tell she didn't feel her best, but always willing to give.  She is missed. 

I can't imagine what it's like there, in heaven.  Somehow it's all the beautiful souls that have gone before us - and I wonder how do they know one from the other?  Although we know they do; the Book says you will know the ones you love.  I smile at the thought of her and Jimmy crossing paths somewhere in paradise, and she will know, "that's Sandy's Big Jim!"  They both had a smile bigger than Texas - imagine that! - two beautiful souls with beautiful big smiles!

05/24/10 02:41 AM #19    

Mike Patton


06/07/10 09:51 PM #20    

Paula Sosebee ((Pope) Carter)

Just when you think you are alone, take one more step,walk one more block, hold on to hope just a bit longer, for just around the next corner, there may be a new friendship waiting to begin.

(from the book Small Miracles)  This is how I feel about my friendship with Karen. God brought us together for a reason and I will be forever thankful.

Although I did not know her well at AHS, a few months before her passing, Karen and I connected on Facebook. I had recently been diagnosed with cancer, and she reached out to me. She was in the midst of a huge battle with her own illness, yet she was the one to give me daily encouragement and advice as I began my treatment. We became great friends, chatting on Facebook late at night as we seemed to both have insomnia. Sometimes we were joined by Mike, Larry, Bill, Sue, Barbara, and Linda, and probably others as well. We had some spirited discussions, which Karen loved. We also began talking on the phone and getting to know each other better, finding out that we really had quite a lot in common. We also were able to visit at a few of the minis here in Abilene, she so looked forward to those and seeing all of her many friends. She loved her family, her friends, her life , and most of all she loved God, which was very evident at her memorial service, which she planned for herself, as those who were there know.It was a beautiful and touching service.

I miss my beautiful brave friend, and I am a better person now having known her love. She brought so much into my life in a few short months. I will never forget her smile and laughter.....





08/10/10 05:06 PM #21    

Monnie Harris (Harris)

Karen dealt with her cancer in the bravest way. 

go to top 
  Post Comment
    Prior Page