Karen Barry, age 71, of Ferris, Texas passed away Monday, October 26, 2020. She was born in April of 1949 in Irving, Texas to the late Louis Alphonso and Doris Margie (Campbell) Biles. A strong single mother of two boys, Karen was also an advocate for many causes over the years. As a mother of a Deaf child in the 1970’s she was a champion for Deaf children in North Texas, advocating for and succeeding in the establishment of a school for the Deaf. Having risen above many hardships, she was also a caregiver for her brother who has Down Syndrome. Having had the biggest heart, she was a grandma to many and was loved by all who knew her. Professionally, she worked as an administrative professional, she worked eleven years for Pepsi, where she and several friends became the “Pepsi Family.” After leaving Pepsi, Karen worked for Frito-Lay in Plano, Texas until her retirement. Karen met Walter Lee Barry and the two were married April 12, 1986 in Longview, Texas. Together they loved to travel as a family to Galveston, Texas, enjoying the sunny beach and fresh local seafood. A lifelong pet lover of dogs and cats of all kinds, she will be especially missed by Bohdi and Isabel, her canine companions. She was a longtime member of Eastridge Baptist Church in Red Oak, Texas.
She is preceded by her parents, brother Raymond Biles and sister Silvia Jean Perry.
She is survived by her loving husband Walter Lee Barry of Ferris; children: Christopher Biles of Waxahachie, Jonathan Leach of Ferris; Walter’s children: Kimberly Barry of Farmington, Utah; granddaughter Amanda Biles of Denton and grandson Christopher Biles, Jr. of Waxahachie; Walter’s grandchildren: grandson Tyler Barry and great-granddaughter Analiyah Barry of Kaysville, Utah; sister Karla Davis of Granbury, brother Lewis Douglas Bradford and brother Jerald Wayne Biles of Fort Worth; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.
The family plans a memorial at a later date.
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