Karen went to be with her heavenly Father Sunday morning, April 28. Karen was born Dec. 21, 1938 to Zola Hazel (McDowell) and Ashford Raymond Castor of Paola, Kansas.
She lived most of her childhood in this area and graduated from Paola High School in 1956. She attended Kansas City Business School.
Karen was united in marriage to Mitchell Carl Bickham on Oct. 28, 1956 at the Paola Assembly of God Church. They were married for 39 years before his passing. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Wichita, KS and then to Benton, where they built their home and started their family. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. Their first blessing was Christa Kay followed by the second blessing, Carl William. Carl brought their first two grandchildren, C. J. and Bailey Bickham into their lives. Christa and Doug added Zachary, Clara, Hannah, Jarod (triplets) and Cortney. All 7, the blessings of their lives.
Karen was a dedicated Christian, who loved the Lord and continued to do his work her entire life. She was a loving daycare provider to several neighborhood children, some of who still call her "Momma Karen".
She was always a room mother for activities at school. Karen was a beautiful and talented seamstress and made most of her children's clothing, draperies, alterations. prom dresses, and wedding gowns, including Christa's.
Those who passed before her were her husband, her parents, son-in-law, Doug and niece Malea.
Survivors include Christa and her 5 children of Augusta, KS; Carl of Bristow, OK and his 2 children of Leon; brother, Bill Castor and wife Therese and their son, Conner Castor of South Lake, Texas; and sister, Sandra Husted and husband John of Spring Hill, Kansas.
Services will be held Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10 am at the Central Baptist Church, Augusta with Pastor Steve Hollingsworth officiating. Burial followed at Benton Cemetery, Benton.
Pall bearers will be Billie and Tommy Callison, Brian Kellogg, Richard Kasper, Milton Lutz and David Gayer. Honorary pall bearers will be her grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Central Baptist Church or Amedisys Hospice.