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Bisch & Son Funeral Home

505 East Allen, Springfield, IL

OBITUARY

Karen L. Hamrick

5 March, 194416 December, 2019
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Karen L. Hamrick, 75, of Springfield, passed away on December 16, 2019 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. She was born on March 5, 1944 in Springfield to Milton Hamrick and Bertha Louise Nation.

Miss. Hamrick is survived by her siblings: David Hamrick of Springfield, Ernie (Marilyn) Hamrick of Peoria, Arizona and Bertha (companion Bill Good) Esslinger of Springfield, five nephews and one niece.

Karen graduated from Lanphier High School, worked at Franklin Life and retired as the Manager of the Group Insurance Unit at the Illinois Savings and Loan League. She was a member of the First Church of God her entire life and was responsible for starting the children’s church program, which she directed, in 1973.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday December 21 2019 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen Street. The family will greet friends from 9:00am until the time of funeral service Saturday at Bisch and Son. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of God In Memory of Karen Hamrick and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com.

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  • First Church of God In Memory of Karen Hamrick

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, 21 December , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 21 December , 2019

Memories

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Darlene Rutledge

December 22, 2019

It is only fitting that Karen is celebrating Christmas with Jesus! She lived her life for Him and was an example for all to follow.

She oozed the fruits of the spirit with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

My mom came home from a stay in Florida where there was a children’s church and said we needed one and Karen Hamrick should be the leader,
How right she was and I know that Karen is rejoicing with all the saints from First Church of God!

Jaime Waite

December 21, 2019

Karen faithfully, creatively and generously taught about Jesus’ impact on our world and God’s amazing character. I’m thankful to be shaped and formed by her ministry and passion (and the team who worked with her). I will always treasure memories of sitting beside Karen in the front row of Big Church on the first Sunday of the month, puppet laughter (Harry Berry shout out), songs full of biblical truth, flannel graphs, egg hunts with a bazillion eggs/giant prizes, chalk art and more.
Karen invested her life in showing value to kids in God’s kingdom and I know that is important to Jesus- Matthew 18:1-6.
Celebrating the life she lived and the joy and freedom she now has in God’s presence. Thanks for your legacy Karen- I’m closer to Jesus because of it and so are all the children I come in contact with.
With love and thankfulness for a life well lived,
Jaime (Gannar) Waite

Cher Whicker

December 18, 2019

There are too many memories of Karen to share here as she was like a second Mother to myself and my siblings, she was an exemplary example of the Godly Woman the Lord asks us to be. She was the other half to my Mother, they are now reunited around the thrown of God!!! Our hearts are breaking and rejoicing at the same time, I love you Karen, thank you for so much, always in my heart and soul ❤

Cheryl Christie-Collins

December 18, 2019

Many people in life profess to be a "Christian". Karen didn't have to tell anyone she was... she just lived it every day of her life. She was kind and generous, with a loving smile. I never saw her angry or upset. I never heard her say an unkind word. We grew up together, we worked together, we ate together more times than I can count, we laughed together on many occasions, and we cried together on several. Her love of life and her devotion to God and her church sustained her. She will be so missed. Those of us who knew her and loved her were blessed to have her in our lives. May God grant her peace and the celebration of a life well lived. My prayers are with her family. She will always be in our hearts.

Gloria Snodgrass

December 17, 2019

We rejoice in knowing Karen has received her reward for her lifetime of servanthood. Her celebration has begun!
Her life touched so many, ours included, and we are better for knowing her. We will miss her smile and gentle spirit and it saddens us to know we won’t see it again here on earth.
Karen was a thoughtful friend, a wonderful leader, passionate teacher , and a beautiful kind person. Our prayers are with her family at this time of sorrow.
Gloria and Richard Snodgrass

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Biography

Karen L. Hamrick, 75, of Springfield, passed away on December 16, 2019 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. She was born on March 5, 1944 in Springfield to Milton Hamrick and Bertha Louise Nation.

Miss. Hamrick is survived by her siblings: David Hamrick of Springfield, Ernie (Marilyn) Hamrick of Peoria, Arizona and Bertha (companion Bill Good) Esslinger of Springfield, five nephews and one niece.

Karen graduated from Lanphier High School, worked at Franklin Life and retired as the Manager of the Group Insurance Unit at the Illinois Savings and Loan League. She was a member of the First Church of God her entire life and was responsible for starting the children’s church program, which she directed, in 1973.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday December 21 2019 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen Street. The family will greet friends from 9:00am until the time of funeral service Saturday at Bisch and Son. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of God In Memory of Karen Hamrick and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com.