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Karen C. Tappan

May 29, 1937 — September 26, 2021

Karen C. Tappan, 84, of Topeka, passed away on September 26, 2021 at Stormont-Vail Hospital.

She was born in Wichita, Kansas on May 29, 1937 the daughter of Karl Kennedy and Evelyn (Armstrong) Conard.

Karen received her undergraduate degree from Washburn University and her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.  She retired from the State of Kansas where she was an Epidemiologist for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

She enjoyed playing bridge, doing word games and taking Senior Traveling trips.  Karen also volunteered for the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner served at the Expocenter.

Karen is survived by her two sons:  Jon Tappan of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Jeff Tappan of Topeka, two grandchildren, Benjamin F. Tappan of Salem, Massachusetts, and Randi M. Tappan of Topeka, and a great grandchild, Apollo with one on the way.

A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home followed by a reception of friends and family.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas  66603.

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

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