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Karen Kay Mallumian Arnold, age 67, of Lamar, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Barton County Memorial Hospital.

Karen was born August 31, 1946 at West Plains, MO to Winfred Calder and Irene Caroline (Hobart) Sharp.  She worked for the Barton County Ambulance District as an EMT from 1975 to 1980 and as a Paramedic from 1980 through 1985. After earning a degree in nursing from Missouri Southern State College in 1986, Karen began her  twenty year career as a Nurse/Manager at Barton County Memorial Hospital, first in labor, delivery, and nursery, then the Emergency Department. 

On September 17, 2005, at Springfield, Missouri, Karen married Kenneth Arnold.  After retiring in 2006, she was able to devote time to her interest in genealogy. She enjoyed traveling with Kenneth, and they especially loved cruises.

Karen is survived by her husband, Kenneth; two daughters, Sam & Aaron Brown, Joplin, MO and Beth & Todd McCoy, Mountain Home, AR; two step-sons, James & Monica Arnold, Wichita, KS and Charles Arnold, Springfield, MO; a step-daughter, Melody & Jimmy Clark, Frostproof, FL; one brother, Tom & Sherry Sharp, Greenfield, MO; grandchildren, Sarah, Brent & Becky, Noah & Caroline, Kaleb, Kyle, Emily, Elizabeth, SaMara, Celses, Dawson, Hunter & Charlie; great-grandchildren, Hailey & Sierra; aunt & uncle, Ross & Skeeter Weaver; and cousin/sister Aneta Gay Downey.

Memorial Service will be 1:00 pm Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Daniel FuneralHome with Rev. Mark Garfield officiating.

Contributions are suggested to Gina Sharp Scholarship Fund PSU in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

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#4 PJ 2013-10-30 19:54
My husband and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of your beloved Karen. We wanted to share with you comfort from God's Word, found in John 5:28,29. Here we are given the loving hope of the resurrection of our dear loved ones, here on earth, just as Lazarus was in John 11. Our Heavenly Father shares our pain when someone we love dies. (Psalm 34:18) May you draw comfort in the wonderful memories you all made and shared together, cherish them in your hearts and her memory will live on in each and every one of you, who knew and loved her. Take care of yourselves and each other during this very difficult time.
#3 LamarKim Harris 2013-10-25 18:39
My heart goes out to the family. Karen was such a nice and caring person. I work at walmart in Lamar and she always came through my line with a big smile on her face. She will always be missed and remembered.
#2 LamarEva Davis 2013-10-25 06:40
I worked with Karen at BCMH for many years. She was a wonderful nurse and person. My prayers are going out to her family.
#1 Nevada, MOAngela Bryant 2013-10-25 05:30
I am so saddened to learn of Karen's passing. Always so kind and gentle, a beautiful soul. My prayers and love to her family.

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