Karen Kay Bacon

August 31st, 1949February 13th, 2019

Karen Kay Bacon was welcomed into the arms of her Heavenly Father on February 13, 2019, at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, after a short and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on August 31, 1949 in Denver, Colorado to Wayne and Marjorie (Cozad) Koehler.


Karen loved life and the people around her, both family and friends. She had a one-of-a-kind way of making others feel special. She loved with her whole heart and continually gave to those around her with gifts of her time, energy, and thoughtfulness. She loved remembering dozens of birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions, and celebrating each one to the fullest. She was detail-oriented and organized, which was best demonstrated by her dedication to her job at Crystal Electric, Inc., which she held and enjoyed since 1987. She had an incredible work ethic, as shown by her professionalism and loyalty.


In 1970, Karen married Bill Barr, and they had two daughters, Tammy and Jenny. She was a devoted mother, always encouraging and supportive. Her life was an example of Christ-like love--sacrificial, forgiving, gracious, and generous. She leaves behind a legacy of strength and dignity. Karen later married Mike Bacon on May 31, 1986 and became a faithful and loving stepmother to his daughter, Karena. Karen’s genuine love and care for others was evident every day of her life. Those around her always knew that she was available for quiet coffee and conversation or loud applause from the bleachers. She was unwavering in her support of her friends and family. She will be deeply missed, but she taught us that, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1), and we take comfort in knowing that she is now receiving her reward in Heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Karen is survived by her husband, Mike Bacon of Lafayette; daughters, Tammy Busse and husband Darin of Greeley, Colorado; Jenny Maggert and husband David of Erie, Colorado; stepdaughter, Karena and husband DJ of Grand Island, Nebraska; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a loving extended family, and many friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant grandson, Evan.


A funeral service honoring Karen’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot. Interment will follow at Linn Grove Cemetery in Greeley at 2:00 p.m.


Memorial contributions may be made to the “Humane Society of Boulder Valley” or the “American Cancer Society” in care of Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO, 80026. Condolences may be shared with Karen’s family at www.darrellhowemortuary.com


A funeral service honoring Karen’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot. Interment will follow at Linn Grove Cemetery in Greeley at 2:00 p.m.







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Karen was a wonderful co-worker (my twisted sister as Garry would call us) at Crystal Electric. We remained good friends after I left Crystal. She would take time out for work to have lunch with me so we could catch up and laugh. I will miss these times with my dear friend! She adored her daughters and grandchildren. Pictures up in her office and keeping us updated with what they were doing. She enjoyed helping Jenny and Tammy with any activities they needed for the grandkids. She hosted a sleep over every year for her grandkids and went all out for them. She was a dog person and enjoyed them, always had two. They were also very important to her. She always went home every day for lunch to let them out. I could keep going on, as to what a wonderful person and friend she was. Bye Karen, Dee
Karen was a wonderful siter in law and amazing example of motherhood. What a gift she was to all of us who knew her.I know she will leave a special vacancy in your lives as there was only one of her. Hugs and love as you continue this journey with her in Heaven. In the blink of an eye we shall be reunited !!!
Karen was a woman who possessed grace, kindness and integrity. She will be missed.
We knew Karen back in the 70's when we lived in Greeley, before she married Mike and when Tammy and Jenny were just little girls. Our daughter, Bernadette, was about the same age as Tammy and Jenny. Karen helped us paint our house on a hot summer week, then she helped hang a wall size mural in our dining room. During those months we laughed so hard we hurt. You can count on one hand the people in your life who you can laugh with till you're sick...Karen is one of those to us. She had so many gifts of fun, laughter, love, gentility and was responsible to those she loved. Her girls were her life, then she added Mike and Karena, their grandchildren to her circle of life. Karen was one of those people who you know God put her here to do job and she did it well so He needed her back to help others in her loving spirit. No, Karen did not die...she took another job and loves her family so dearly that her spiritual arms are around you all to let you know she is ok and there is no more pain or suffering. She would want you to be happy because she knows you'll always miss her but that it won't hurt so badly as time goes by. Until then, may you find comfort in God's love for her and you. Bill and Joan Paris, Rapid City SD
My friend Karen, I sure am going to miss you. I enjoyed all the dinners we shared over the years and I always enjoyed our long walks. It was always nice to know I had a neighbor I could count on. I will miss talking to you and hearing your reassuring voice. I love you Karen. Please say hi to Alan for me.