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Karen Neff (Bogard)

Karen Neff (Bogard)

Obituary for Karen Diane Bogard (Neff)

Karen D. Neff Bogard, 73, of Liberty, MO, formally of Independence and Kansas City, MO, passed away February 6, 2023. Karen was born in Kansas City, MO, the first child of Lloyd L. Neff, Jr. and Faith Lamb Neff. She was a 1967 graduate of Southwest High School and received a BA (1971) and MA (1986) in Secondary Education from UMKC. In 1971, as a certified math teacher, she began her teaching career in Shawnee, KS. In 1975, she was hired to teach at Bridger Middle School in the Independence School District, where she remained until retirement in 2000 after 25 years with the district.

Karen love doing word and number puzzles and was an avid reader. She enjoyed her many collections including Beanie Babies, Hallmark ornaments, and anything Elvis. She was a die-hard soap opera fan. But her greatest joy was spending time with her daughter Kimberlee.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Lloyd Neff III and Karl Neff. She is survived by her daughter and best friend Kimberlee Burnett (Chris) of Liberty, MO, brother Kevin Neff of Liberty, MO, nephew Max Neff of Rolla, MO, aunt Mary Ann Neff of Belton, MO and many cousins and friends. At her request, she was cremated. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the KC Pet Project (

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02/14/23 10:01 AM #1    

Kay Maas (Coward)

I remember Karen as one of my close friends. Sad to hear of her passing. This is happening too often.

02/15/23 02:02 PM #2    

Nancy Ball (Clein)

I'm sad to hear of Karen's passing. I had several classes with her, and I remember her as smart and funny. It sounds like we had so much in common in after graduation. I wish I had known her better. : )

02/15/23 05:55 PM #3    

James Osborne

In school I talked with her often, she was nice. Karen and Judy Johnson and I sat next to each other in study hall, she was cute and smiled easily and totally unlike me always had her homework done early, I was shocked one day when I had been..(ahem) 'asked to leave' study hall and take up residence in the auditorium balcony, and a few minutes later Karen showed up, I'm sure that didn't happen very often, I think she told me her family had a printing company, years later as a teamster I delivered at a 'Neff Printing'..I always wondered if that was her family business. I always thought of Karen as a friend, and I am saddened to hear of her passing.

02/16/23 08:18 AM #4    

Mary Alice Lang (Salisbury)

Karen and I went to elementary school together at Nelson School (which is now part of UMKC.)  When we attended school there, each grade level had only ONE class. so everyone in any particular grade prety much knew everyone else in the same grade.  That was pretty cool, as going to Nelson felt a bit like going to a school in a small town.   

Around 4th grade while out on my bike one day, I ran into Karen, and we discovered we lived only two blocks apart, so we started occasionally spending time together.    I remeber Karen was always a really nice person.  She was kind and sometimes funny, and had an easy laugh.   As I recall iwe would make up games, and do artsy-crafty things at her house, usually outdoors on the front walk or on her porch steps.  

 At the end of 7th grade,  I moved into the SW district, and on the first day of 8th grade I remember running into Karen in the halls. We were both surprised to see each other,  as our old neighborhood was in the Paseo district, and we both thought the other one still lived there.  We ended up going different ways at SW and hanging out with different people,  but we'd occasionally talk "old times"  in the cafeteria or in the halls, and I was always struck with what a genuine person she was.  She was still that kind gal with the ready smile.  

I am very sorry to hear of her passing and send my condolences and thoughts of comfort to her family. 









02/19/23 03:44 PM #5    

Gail Townley (Williams)

I always enjoyed having classes with Karen.  While she was very smart, she also had a great sense of humor. She was excellent in math so I understand why she taught for many years.  I'm sure her students loved having her as their teacher!

Shortly before Covid entered our lives, Marilyn Shapiro, Nancy Dutcher & I had lunch with Karen. Wish we could have had many more get-togethers!  She was a dear person.  Prayers and condolences to her family.


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