Karen Taylor Vacek

Karen Vacek

Karen Taylor Vacek

November 29, 1945 - January 17, 2016
   Once diagnosed with cancer in 2014, Karen Taylor Vacek never gave up. 
   She never complained, maintaining a brave and cheerful outlook of an optimistic future – even through countless chemotherapy and radiation treatments, X-rays, blood transfusions, hospitalizations and pain. 
   She continued to live her life and proceeded ahead with what she often referred to as just “a bump in the road.”
   On January 17, she passed away from this life, in San Antonio, Texas with family by her side.
   Karen was born in New Orleans, La., November 29, 1945, to Vann Shaw Taylor and Ida Mae Taylor.  
   She spent her adolescent years in the Dallas area and graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1963. 
   She attended the University of Houston from 1963-64. 
   In 1965 Karen and her family moved to Bay City, TX, in order to care for her ailing Grandmother. 
   Filled with compassion and interest in others, Karen made friends easily and maintained contact with many. 
   She was gracious, kind, and sacrificially generous to others. She exemplified Christ’s caring compassionate heart, in her lifelong journey of caring for others; also in her immense love of children and how all children would gravitate to her. 
   She had a keen since of awareness and was very detailed oriented – which is a possible reason for her love of order and not liking unsuspected surprises. 
   Her most recent employer, MRC Global, was honored to have had her work for them for over 25 years.
   Karen is preceded in death by her parents, Vann Shaw and Ida LeTulle Taylor. 
   She is survived by: her son, Bryan Vacek and wife Vikki of Bulverde, TX; sister, Diane Coffey and husband Kerry of Van Vleck, TX; brother, Rick Taylor and wife Cindy of Portland, TX; grandchildren, Tyler Vacek, Clayton Vacek, Kolby Vacek and Lexi Vacek. 
   Also: her nephew, Marc Monroe and his wife Saundra of Austin, TX; nieces, Melissa Hawkins and husband Kevin of Bay City, TX, Julie Taylor of Ingleside, TX, and Lee Stewart and husband David of Lewisville, TX; grandnephews, Michael Monroe, Timothy and Joshua Stewar; grandneices, Maelee and Olivia Hawkins, Heather and Laura Elizondo and Harley Perez. 
   In the recent year, Karen was loved and cared for by her cousin, Louis Ziegenhals and wife,  Maryln. 
   Karen’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 30, at the First United Methodist Church of Bay City.  
   Reception to follow at Wesley Hall from 2-3 p.m.

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