Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2001

Senior residents mourn loss of fellow tenant

Basehor woman killed in wreck

June 14, 2001

A 64-year-old Basehor woman who was killed in a wreck on Friday will be dearly missed by the tenants at Hickory Villa, senior center manager Irris Dyshart said.

Karen Thompson was trying to cross the intersection at Fairmount Road and Kansas Highway 7 when a 1995 Ford F350 struck the driver's side door of the car she was driving.

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We have certainly had a tragedy here since we lost Karen," Dyshart said. "Everyone here has been shocked with grief since we heard the news."

Thompson was traveling with her 11-year-old granddaughter, Nicole Jensen, to Piper to visit her son. Jensen was not injured in the crash, but was taken to Providence Medical Center as a precaution.

The accident scene was worked by the Kansas Highway Patrol because the crash technically occurred in their jurisdiction. KHP Officer Jeff Burghardt said the crash occurred in the left lane of the highway, which is considered Wyandotte County.

Dyshart said she had seen Thompson before she left for her son's home on Friday.

"I saw her right before she left and waved goodbye to her I didn't know it would be the last time I would ever see her," Dyshart said.

Thompson was in charge of a variety of activities at the senior center, including the meals-on-wheels program and the nutrition center at the retirement home.

Thompson also helped other tenants at the complex by taking elderly residents to the grocery store and helping to clean their apartments, Dyshart said.

"She did such a great job with the nutrition center," Dyshart said. "When she moved in, she cleaned the entire building.

"It is a great loss to lose her. She was the first one who really wanted to do things for other people. There has been a real sadness over her departure."

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