Karye Jayne Willard

Born: Fri., Jun. 1, 1979
Died: Thu., May 16, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., May 19, 2013
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., May 20, 2013
Location: Madison Park Christian Church

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   Miss Karye Jayne Willard, 33, of Quincy, died at 11:30 a.m. Thursday (May 16, 2013) in her home.

   Born June 1, 1979 in Columbia, Missouri, Karye is the daughter of Bruce and Marla Hardee Willard.  
Karye spent most of her early life in Kenai, Alaska.  Her family moved to Quincy in 1994 and Karye graduated from Quincy High School in 1997.  She graduated in 2003 from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering.    

At the age of twelve, Karye was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia, a progressive neuromuscular disease.  She battled numerous health complications throughout her life and was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.  She faced the many challenges that came her way with strength, courage, and faith beyond her years.  Karye's smile could brighten even the darkest of days and that will truly be missed by those who love her.

Karye had great compassion for people, especially children with disabilities and special needs.  In the past she served on the Board of the West Central Illinois Center for Independent Living.  Even though her health did not allow her to actively work in her field, she continued to educate herself on current research and projects related to biomedical engineering.  Karye also enjoyed reading, writing and listening to music.  She was a member of Madison Park Christian Church and enjoyed past opportunities to be involved in the women's ministries Bible studies.

Survivors include her parents, Bruce and Marla Willard of Quincy; a brother, Nick Willard (Kimberly) of Aurora, IL; a sister, Stephanie Willard of Quincy; a niece, Avery Willard of Aurora, IL; three aunts, Melva Graham (Jim) of Milton, IL, Sue Kamm (Bob) of NYC, and Jayne Chrouser (Bruce) of Louisville, KY; three uncles, David Willard (Nancy) of St. Louis, Michael Hardee (Dorothy) of Kirksville, MO, and Bill Hardee (Susan) of Fort Worth, TX; and many loving cousins and extended family members.

Karye was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Travis and Eva Willard; and her maternal grandparents, Robert and Beverly Hardee; and a first cousin in infancy, Elizabeth Jayne Chrouser.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 11:00 in Madison Park Christian Church by Pastor Larry Smith.

Visitation will be Sunday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and Monday morning from 10:00 until the time of services at Madison Park Christian Church.

   Memorials may be made to the Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance (F.A.R.A), Dorce Missions, or the Blessing Foundation for Hospice.

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LuAnn Kleemeyer
   Posted Thu May 16, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Karye was a wonderful Christian women who is now home. Peace and prayers to you and your family at this time.

Terri Heinecke
   Posted Thu May 16, 2013
I am so sorry. She was a true trooper.

Karla Zeiger
   Posted Fri May 17, 2013
Bruce and Marla, I was so sorry to hear of Karye's passing. She fought the fight and finally she is now the winner!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers, I know you will miss her even though you know she is in a better place.
In God's Love
Karla Zeiger

Pamela Richard
   Posted Fri May 17, 2013
What a beautiful daughter. Praying for comfort and peace for your family at this difficult time.

Marilyn Austin
   Posted Sat May 18, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Marcia Job
   Posted Sun May 19, 2013
Bruce and Marla, so very sorry for your loss. Praying that our God will strengthen and comfort you.
Marcia Job

Richard and Rosanne Bonebrake
   Posted Sun May 19, 2013
Bruce and Marla,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Rich and Rosa.

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