Newcomer's Noland Road Chapel

509 S Noland RD, Independence, MO


Karen Ann Leslie

December 18, 1953July 3, 2020

Karen Ann Leslie, 66, of Independence, passed away in her home on July 3rd, 2020. She was born December 18th, 1953 to Wayne and Lois LaRue (Bradford) in Neosho, Missouri. Her father and mother preceded her in death. Karen worked at the Social Security Administration for over 20 years and recently retired from her position at the Truman Medical Center in Lakewood.

Karen is survived by her two children. Her son Chad lives in Olathe, married to Vickie (Khatchadourian). Her son Ryan lives in Blue Springs. She is also survived by one brother, Terry of Overland Park and his wife Lucy (Martinez). Karen had three grandchildren, George, Truman, and Norah. She was adored by her grandchildren, who knew her as Nanna K. Karen also leaves behind one niece Isabella LaRue. She loved her family and supported them unconditionally all of her life.

Karen was a member of the Susquehanna Baptist Church. She leaves dozens of lifelong friends from the Fort Osage class of 1972. This group of friends were constant throughout her life. They loved each other, celebrating and grieving together, and she cherished each of these friendships. Karen was always a loyal, dependable, and consistent friend. That is why she picked up friends wherever she went in life. She loved to dine with friends, join clubs and host events, but they were just opportunities to connect with people and make friends. Karen always felt more joy from the successes of her family and friends than her own.

Visitation will be held on July 11, 2020 at 10:00 am in the Newcomer's Noland Road Chapel, 509 S Noland Road, Independence, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the seating capacity for the service is 40 people. 12:15 p.m. graveside burial will follow at the New Salem Cemetery, 1823 N Blue Mills Road in Independence.


  • Wayne and Lois (Bradford) LaRue, Parents (deceased)
  • Chad (Vickie Khatchadourian) Leslie, Son
  • Ryan Leslie, Son
  • Terry (Lucy Martinez) LaRue, Brother
  • George, Truman and Norah, Grandchildren
  • Isabella LaRue, Niece

  • Terry LaRue, Pallbearer
  • Chad Leslie, Pallbearer
  • Ryan Leslie, Pallbearer
  • Jim McGlathery, Pallbearer
  • George Leslie, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Truman Leslie, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Norah Leslie, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

  • Graveside

    Saturday, July 11, 2020


Karen Ann Leslie

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Connie Bogan

July 11, 2020

Sweet Karen... Heaven gains yet another angel. As you are laid to rest today, we honor & celebrate your life here on Earth & know your legacy lives on through all of us who were so lucky to have you as a part of our life. Chad, Ryan, Terry & your families my heart goes out to you as you will miss her tremendously. As I write this to you all, I have to smile with thoughts of Karen & my memories of our crazy times volunteering at school that seems like only yesterday. To her grandchildren, she loved you so very much & the last time we we able to go to breakfast together to “catch up” we shared stories of our grandchildren. Cherish those memories.
Til we meet again Karen...RiP

Sharon Gist

July 10, 2020

To our great gal Karen. We will miss all those great monthly get together's. We will miss your great personality and gift of gab. How lucky your family was to have had you. Missing you.

Louise Terry , Sharon Gist, and Joanna Mayo

Steve Beggs

July 9, 2020

Chad,I am sorry for your loss.Ironically,for me I see your mother's life as bookends.At one end,I fell in love with her while I was your school counselor.She was thoughtful, kind , intelligent and genuinely concerned about you.Mike, too, was concerned.The other bookend is when she ,again, entered my life as a friend to Carol.Your mother has spent time at my lake house with Carol and their cronies from the class of '72.I have evened served your mother a cock tale at my basement (man cave)bar!I am sure between the bookends there was much love for so many people.She will be truly missed.

Tammy Decker

July 9, 2020

Karen.... a true angel. Never wanting to be in the spotlight, but always shining brightly.


July 8, 2020

Karen and I worked at SSA for many years together. The first time I saw her, she'd come to the office in the Post Office asking if they were hiring. She didn't want to stay, but I ask her to take a seat and talk to someone. They hired her. Thus began our friendship. I will never forget her.

To all the family my deepest sympathy. Chad and Ryan remember the good times with your Mom. She would want that.

Susan McKinnis

July 8, 2020

Chad and Ryan - I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet Mom. I was privileged to have her in my life and have many fond memories of our family times together. She taught your Nana and myself how to cross stitch and we spent many fun times sewing together and sharing patterns and ideas. Your mother was always so kind and loving. She gave me a bridal shower for my wedding to Uncle Scott and a baby shower when I was expecting your cousin Rachel. After Mom and Dad moved to the lake, she was always available when I needed a "mother's" advice as a new wife and Mom. I can't tell you how much that meant to me. I love you both so much and pray for your comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Aunt Susie

Linda Cowan

July 7, 2020

So sad to hear this news of my high school friend, one of the kindest people ever. Go in peace and love.

Marie Galvas

July 7, 2020

My heart is broken. Karen and I met at Truman Medical, nearly 15 years ago as I was a volunteer during the evening and she kept me company at the front desk. That started a great friendship where we shared movies, concerts, picnics , dinners, bible study and our love for crafting. What an amazing, giving woman; a heart of gold. I will miss her terribly😢


July 7, 2020

Chad, Vickie and George - so very sorry for your loss. I've been thinking of you the past few days - hope you are able to focus on the positive times to escape the current sadness. Again, please let me know if I can help in anyway.

Russ and Cathy

Kris Elkins

July 7, 2020

Sending many hugs and prayers to Karen’s family. I’m so sad to hear this news. You were one special lady, my friend! R.I.P. Karen. You will always have a special place in my heart ❤️