Karen Sue Symes

LAKIN - Karen Sue Symes, age 73, died March 2, 2020 at the Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, KS. She was born June 22, 1946 in Ponca City, OK.


Karen grew up and attended school in Lamont, OK. She then moved to Garden City in 1971. Karen recently moved to Lakin in 2018. In 1976, she married Harold Hansen in Garden City. Karen worked most of her life as a day care and foster care provider. She enjoyed shopping, going out to restaurants, gardening, attending garage sales, and her dogs.


Survivors include six children Helen and Lindsey LaRoche of Lower Brule, SD, Brian and Summer Symes of Fordland, MO, Kerry and Richard Garcia of Garden City, Thomas and Hope Symes of Deer Lodge, MT, Soledad Symes of Wichita, and John Symes of Atchison, KS; 20 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.


Karen is preceded in death by her husband Harold; her parents; two brothers Larry Fink and Kenneth Wayne Fink; a granddaughter Samantha Rai Symes; and a great-granddaughter Alexianna Monroe Garcia.


A private family service will be held at a later date with burial taking place in Oklahoma. There will be no calling hours. The family requests memorials given to the Karen Sue Symes Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.