NORTH NEWTON—Karen Sylvia Jacobson, 82, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Newton.
She was born on Feb. 29, 1936, in Newton, the daughter of Gerald and Doris Ramey Kelso. Karen was raised in Newton, graduating from Newton High School in 1954. She worked for a short time for Southwestern Bell Telephone in Newton.
Karen married Jerome H. “Jerry” Jacobson on Sept. 1, 1956, in Newton. In the early 1960s, they moved to Olathe, shortly after which the Johnson County Juvenile Hall was opened, and Karen was Jerry’s administrative assistant there for 35 years. They retired in 1995.
Karen and Jerry returned to the Newton area in 2002. She was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church and was an avid doll collector. She also had been a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames.
Survivors include her husband Jerry and son David Lee Jacobson, both of the home in North Newton; daughter Julie Ann Kauffman of Spring Hill; brothers Phillip Kent Kelso of Olathe and Gerald Kelso of Phoenix; granddaughters Karen Franke and Lauren Neyman; and great-granddaughters Isabelle, Josephine and Lucille Neyman, and Hendrix Franke.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents.
There will be private family services.
Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.