McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO


Karen Kay Dunn

April 16, 1940June 17, 2020

Karen Kay Dunn, aged 80, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away at her home on June 17, 2020, surrounded by her family.

Karen was born on April 16, 1940, the only child of Jess Fulton and Elma (Cassell) Kemp. Karen was raised in Raytown, Missouri and was a descendant of some of its oldest families, the Cassells and the Coles. Karen graduated from the Raytown school system and remained in touch with many of her school friends throughout her entire life.

She graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in French, Spanish and international studies and was a member of the Beta Gamma chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority.

She married Thomas M. Dunn on September 14, 1963 and they were married for 41 years until his death in 2004. She leaves behind three wonderful children: Steve (Michelle) Dunn of Leawood; Kristin (Chris) Serbousek of Ft. Collins, Colorado; and Katie Dunn of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She also leaves six amazing grandchildren: Joshua, Thomas and Abigail Dunn of Leawood and Jacob, Kyle and Hannah Serbousek of Ft. Collins. She is also survived by her brother- and sister-in-law, Jack and Patricia (Dunn) Kettler. And one cannot forget the many horses, dogs and barn cats kept on the property over many years, most recently Boomer, her faithful companion.

Karen was involved in a variety of social activities, among them playing bridge, traveling, and memorializing happy times in scrapbooks. She was a consummate hostess and delighted in gathering her family and friends around her for food and conversation. She had a bright, active mind and many interests, from local history to the World War I Museum to the Kansas City Mounted Patrol.

Lately, she particularly enjoyed sitting in her backyard watching the clouds in the beautiful Kansas sky and the movement of the trees in the wind. She lived a happy and active life until just a week before her passing. Karen had a sunny, cheerful disposition and was a beloved friend to many.

The family will greet friends at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, June 23 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (143rd and Nall Avenue, Leawood, KS), followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 AM. Graveside services will follow at Resurrection in Lenexa. The family invites all friends and loved ones to join them afterwards in a celebration of Karen’s life at her home.

The family expresses its appreciation to Vitas Hospice for the gentle care given Karen during her last days. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Raytown Historical Society, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church or the Great Plains SPCA.


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Karen Kay Dunn

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Sandra (Metcalfe) White

June 23, 2020

My deepest condolences to all the family on the loss of your Mother.

Karen and I have been friends forever it seems. We met at Raytown Junior High and have been dear friends throughout our lives, even though the miles separated us when she moved with family to Johnson County. We still kept in close contact by phone, meeting for lunch, movies, shopping and meeting with our other small group of school friends for birthday celebrations.

I especially remember how wonderfully supportive she was when a tragedy struck any of the members of our small group. She was the light of my life as well as many others. I will miss her forever.

I can't continue this tribute through all my tears as I regret so much that distance makes it impossible for me to be with everyone today to mourn, but celebrate her life.

God bless Karen and her family and friends.....

Sandra (Metcalfe) White

Karen (Selden) Kenney

June 22, 2020

I have fond memories of Karen Dunn, meeting her in junior high. Her cheerful personality was genuine and admired. She showed an interest in and a concern for others. We remained friends throughout high school. After college and weddings, several of us began meeting for lunch. Later, Karen was generous in hosting our "class of "88" get togethers, always exchanging photos and enjoying Karen's large scrapbook collection. Karen was a lovely person, who cherished her family and shared her kindness and uplifting spirit with us all . I will miss her terribly. Fondly, Karen S. Kenney

June Beaver

June 22, 2020

Karen was special. Elegant yet down to earth, articulate, fun to be around. I will miss seeing her and spending time with her at S&S. My condolences to her wonderful family.

June Beaver

Molly Schwab

June 22, 2020

Karen is in a group of ladies we called the Purple Hats. We celebrated everyone’s birthday each year. When your birthday had a zero behind it we did something fun. Sometimes it would be a trIp but sometimes something silly. We went to Santa Fe, Colorado, Martha’s Vineyard, New York, Johnson county fair, Peru and lots of side trips. She was always laughing and making things fun. She will always be in our circle of love.

Robin Shore

June 20, 2020

My condolences to Karen’s wonderful family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend and she always brought a ray of sunshine to any gathering.
My prayers go to her entire family. She will be missed.
Love to all,
Robin Shore (Mrs. George)

Phil Farnan

June 20, 2020

My prayers are for the Dunn family during this tragic time.
The death of a loved one is never easy. I express my condolences, especially to Thomas, a student of mine.
Rest in peace Mrs. Dunn. God bless the family with the strength to struggle through these tough times.

Gretchen Carlson

June 19, 2020

I wanted to send my condolences to Karen's amazing children, she was such a spectacular Mom! I was present at her, I think 58th birthday. Chrissy was there with her boys and Tom was getting a little annoyed as those two were having the time of their life running around the house and screaming. Karen egged them on and laughed and laughed and I can honestly say I remember that night as one of my all time favorite evenings. Your mother made me so happy at a time that was difficult and she always made me feel welcomed.