In Memory of

Karen Marie Langsford

July 12, 1958 - June 28, 2023


Karen Marie Langsford, aged 64, passed away on June 28, 2023. She graduated from Baker University and earned a Masters in theatre from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Throughout her life, she had various professions, including veterinary medicine, senior client advocacy, and semi-professional and professional theatre.

Karen was active in the Lawrence community with the Unity church and regularly performed with Theatre Lawrence.

She was born to Frank and Virginia (Veatch) Langsford, who preceded her in death, along with her brother John Barton Langsford and partner Patricia J. Thorpe.

Karen is survived by her nephew Christopher Langsford of Salina, Kansas, her niece Nicole Langsford Malcom (Chad) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and great niece and nephew, Liberty, and Robby. She leaves behind a loving circle of family and friends. May she rest in peace.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 8th at 10 a.m. at the Lee’s Summit Cemetery, 806 SE 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 15th at 3 p.m. at Unity of Lawrence, 900 Madeline Lane, Lawrence, Kansas.

Donations may be directed to Unity of Lawrence at or a check mailed to Unity of Lawrence, 900 Madeline Lane, Lawrence, KS 66049.

Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


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I met Karen at Baker University, and we became friends through the Art and Theatre departments. She always had the best smile and marvelous hugs. We lost track of each other for a while but reconnected with other Baker friends in the 1990’s. That group of friends remained an important part of all of our lives. We gathered every year near Christmas and even went on several summer vacations together. Karen was always ready to listen and offer sage advice. She will be missed.

You will be so missed. You touched so many lives. You were the best cousin, and I am glad we got to grow up together. We were just kids mostly but became friends too. I wish I had spent more time with you, as everyone else does too. I am glad to have seen you in the Lawrence theater, using the craft you had honed over the years. And I am so thankful for having such a wonderful family and I’m so glad you were part of it. Love you always.


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Saturday, July 15, 2023
3:00 PM
Unity of Lawrence
900 Madeline Lane
Lawrence, KS 66049