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Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home Beltline Road

2951 S. Belt Line Road, Grand Prairie, TX

OBITUARY

Karen Denise Grider

February 21, 1966May 26, 2020

Karen Denise Boydston Grider February 21, 1966- May 26, 2020

Karen Denise Boydston-Grider was born to her father, Jimmy Don Boydston, and her mother, Martha Ruth Doyal-Boydston, on February 21, 1966 in Amarillo, Texas.

Karen grew up in Amarillo where her father served as an Amarillo police officer and multiple terms as Potter County Sheriff for a total of 34 years service in law enforcement. Karen made her home for the past several years in Grand Prairie, Texas. She worked first as an employee and later as the owner of G.Willickers Pub in Arlington, Texas

Karen married her best friend, Clarence on July 11, 2017.

Karen passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. She is survived by her mother, Martha Boydston; her brother Gary Boydston; her nephews, Michael Don Boydston and Robert Alan Boydston; her stepdaughters Carmen Grider-Luke (Charles), Carrie Grider-Thompson (Paul), Caseye Grider-Smith (Jason), and four grandchildren as well as many other extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Grider and her father Jimmy Don Boydston.

Karen was known for her stunning smile, her tender heart for her fellow human, and her great love for animals. According to one friend, Sandy, Karen volunteered and recruited others to volunteer for Meals on Wheels and kept bags of non-perishable food in her car to hand out to homeless people. Karen was passionate about her rescue dogs and cats, often posting pictures with details about how they were doing on social media and trying to find them good homes.

A visitation for Karen will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 12:00-1:00 pm at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home, 2951 S Belt Line Rd, Grand Prairie, Tx. At the request of the funeral home, please wear face masks. The private funeral services will begin at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Buddie's Place Cat Rescue, PayPal address -contactbpcr@gmail.com would be greatly appreciated.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.beanmasseyburge.com for the Grider family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Rachael Parker, Active Pallbearer
  • Melody Martinez, Active Pallbearer
  • Sonia Fennel, Active Pallbearer
  • Danny Grider, Active Pallbearer
  • Paul Thompson, Active Pallbearer
  • Charles Luke, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Memories

Karen Denise Grider

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Debbie McClendon

June 5, 2020

Karen, where do I begin? I’ve only known you for 8 1/2 short years but I feel like I’ve known you forever. You made everyone who ever met you feel that way. We did so much together starting with our love of saving animals. I will miss you for the rest of my life but I know you are with your daddy and Clarence. To Mrs Boydston and Gary, my heart breaks for your loss, your daughter and sister was a special person but you already know that. Karen, I promise you we will make sure your fur babies are safe and loved. Fly high my friend until we meet again. I love you

Maida Villasenor

June 3, 2020

Dear Martha and family, want to extend my deep regrets in this sad time.I dont think I met Karen but my daughter Teresa and she were friends from school and remained friends and stayed connected all these years.My condolences and know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. GOD BLESS. MAIDA, MANNY PEREZ WIFE.

Bill Rowell

June 2, 2020

A true angel on earth.Karen is a true friend and forever has a special place in my heart. Rest easy my dear angel.

Bill Ousley

June 2, 2020

I’ve only known Karen for a couple years but she was so special, so caring and so wonderful. Full of life, concerned for others are traits to wonderful humanity. R.I.P. precious Angel.

Gay Hill

June 1, 2020

Karen will be missed by everyone at Buddies Place. She was such a wonderful foster and friend to all who knew her. She rescued cats in need and would do anything to find them a home. Her compassion to help was never failing.
Gay Hill
President
Buddies Place

Lisa Freitas

June 1, 2020

My Karen... I’ve spent my whole life with you in it. I’m not sure how to move on without you, but I know for certain that we will be together again. When we were 5, we started our own little rescue out of a small shed that didn’t even belong to us lol. Yep, that was us! 2 little kind hearted girls rescuing anything that moved. We had quite the collection going on! We saved big black Beatle bugs when we found them on their backs, we saved baby and full grown horny toads!... Well we thought we were rescuing them. We saved frogs and baby rabbits, then we moved up to the baby kittens and the stray dogs that roamed our way. Karen never stopped! She lived for saving! Not only animals but people as well. We were quite the pair! Our teachers even knew it. When we graduated elementary school they gave a special award out to one girl and one boy. Well there was no way they could only give me or her one and leave one of us out because They knew how inseparable we were they knew how inseparable we were So guess what!? Yes they gave us both one 💜. Well as we grew older Karen moved to Arlington. It hit me so hard. We lived such different lives. She didn’t marry until she met the love of her life Clarence and I had been married since I was 17. I raised 4 kids and she raised animals! I always told her she was the smart one lol!
Oh Karen,... I will miss you dearly. You take care of everyone and everything until I get there! Give everyone a hug for me and Fly High my sister. I will love you forever and you are so dearly missed.
Xoxo your bestie ❤️

Barbara Perry

June 1, 2020

Karen was the most Caring. Loving and Compasionate person I have been able to call a friend. She will truly be missed. Gone to soon. RIP..😪😪❤

Steven Corbin

June 1, 2020

I first met Karen about 30 years ago, and right off the bat we became fast friends; then we became Best Friends Forever(BFF). Every time I saw her at her workplaces, she was happy to see me, gave me a hug, and flashed that famous smile towards me. I was very happy for her to wed the love of her life, Clarence, and very sad for her at his passing. They are both together now, along with her Dad, and I hope to see them again when Our Lord calls me home.
May everyone rejoice at having known such a fantastic person!

Vickie Adams

June 1, 2020

To Karen's Mom and Brother Gary,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Karen was a special person to so many people. She lit up a room with her smile. I was blessed to know her for 30 years and will miss her dearly.
I take comfort in the fact that she is reunited with her Dad and Clarence. GOD Bless . RIP my beautiful friend, you truly have your halo and wings now.

Malisa Litchfield

May 31, 2020

Karen was a fun loving sarcastic beautiful person. We had many adventures working fast food together and hanging out afterwards while in high school. She was an amazing person. I feel blessed to have known her. She rocks!

FROM THE FAMILY