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Ludwick, Karen E.

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May 21, 1961 - March 12, 2015

Ludwick, Karen E.

A Celebration of Life memorial service for Karen Elaine Ludwick, age 53, of Plano will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 11, 2015 at First Frisco United Methodist Church located at 7659 Preston Road, Frisco, Texas 75034 with Rev. Mark Vowell, Rev. Cathy Partridge and Rev. Mitchell Boone officiating.

Mrs. Ludwick passed away on March 12, 2015 in Plano, Texas.  Karen was born in Dallas, Texas and was a graduate of Richardson High School and the University of Texas at Dallas. Karen’s joyful and friendly personality made her one of the most kind and loving friends anyone could have. She worked for almost 20 years in the Home Division of the JCPenney Corporate Office.

Her co-workers describe Karen as a dear, sweet soul who was a joy to work with.  Karen was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed spending time with her son.  She also loved going to the beach and traveling with her family yearly to Panama City Beach, Florida. Karen was excited to vacation in Europe several times and had a great love for London.  She also enjoyed social gatherings with friends, especially when they would meet together for afternoon tea.

As a two time cancer survivor, Karen was a faithful fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life event. Her devoted team, “Karen’s Moonshadows”, included a group of her closest friends. For many years, they shared her story and raised thousands of dollars for cancer research and related programs. Karen was an inspiration to others by her strong will and courage to beat breast cancer in both 1995 and 2005. Her welcoming spirit touched a lot of hearts along her path. She will be greatly missed on this earth as heaven has a beautiful new angel.

Karen is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, James D. Ludwick of Plano, Texas; her precious son, David Ludwick; beloved parents, John and Jo Wharton; and her sister, Kathy Steele and her husband Mike Steele and their daughter, Rachel Steele all of Frisco, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in support of David’s future education. Please make checks payable to the “Karen Ludwick Memorial Fund” and deposit through any Wells Fargo Bank in the United States.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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David Freeman

April 12, 2015 12:34AM

There are no words that can describe how I felt upon hearing of Karen’s passing. Still, even today at her memorial service, I still could not find the words to properly express my condolences and sympathy to her family. I met Karen, James and David almost 5 years ago after my wife Melanie first met Karen when picking up our children from a church summer camp. David and our children became friends and soon were playing on the same soccer team. My family was lucky enough to spend some time with them during soccer practices, soccer games, birthday parties, Halloween, the 4th of July, and swimming at the local pool. Melanie and Karen would regularly meet for lunch. Throughout the entire time that I was blessed to have known her, I was always taken aback by her kindness, her caring ways towards David and to all of those around her, and her ever positive attitude. Her impression on me was so great that I had to question my own attitude and outlook on life. I will always remember her for the way she chose to live life and the way she always smiled and genuinely cared for others. Thank you Karen for always asking me how I was feeling, and for showing such kindness in so many ways. While this world desperately needed you in it, heaven is a better place for having you there.


Jodie Dejecacion

April 10, 2015 8:01PM

James and Kathy,
As I grieve with you, please know that I am here for you. I must reiterate what all have said. Karen had such a beautiful soul and was one of the most kindhearted individuals I have ever had the privilege to care for. I will not forget her.


Claire Gauntlett

April 10, 2015 5:10PM

JD - Just want you to know I'm thinking of you and David. Wish I had known Karen. She sounds wonderful.


Karen E. Strecker (Reidy)

April 08, 2015 6:15PM

Karen E. Wharton and I became good friends in fourth grade during a time when the first name "Karen" was very popular, and there were always several students who shared this name together in the same class. To differentiate, teachers would use our middle or last name initials, but Karen and I decided to rename ourselves with a series of silly-sounding rhyming names. (There was some aspect of ridiculing our teachers and their unimaginative inability to solve the multiple same name issue.) She became "Faren" ( rhymes with "Karen" ) and I think I was Darren or Sharon, depending on the day. It's hard to explain but for some reason our nick-names struck us as hilarious at age 10 years old. I have always treasured Karen's humor, her kindness and warmth, and her friendship. I was so shocked and saddened to learn that she is now with the Angels, but know that there are bean-bag frogs in heaven.


Charlotte Taft

April 08, 2015 2:21PM

Dearest Jo, We are heartbroken to learn of Karen's death. Although we didn't know her, we know you--and it is clear that your love was beautifully passed on to her. We are sending you and all of your family much love. Charlotte & Shelley


Bobbie Nehman

April 08, 2015 10:42AM

As long time friends and fellow Peacemakers with Karen's parents, we have been privileged to meet her, learn what a wonderful a person she was and how gallantly she fought her cancer. We send sincere condolences to you and your family and may her memory be a blessing.
Bobbie and Jerry Nehman


kay lisch

April 07, 2015 2:00PM

Sending love and light to the beautful spirit of Karen who will continue in the hearts and minds of her family and all who loved her.


Kate Sartor Hilburn

April 04, 2015 12:35PM

My heart is broken for Karen's family and friends. A beautiful girl from a beautiful family. she was always a bright light.


Bob & D. Ann Foster

March 31, 2015 8:51PM

We are both so sad for your lost.
May peace be with all of you.


Cynthia and Mike Donahoo

March 31, 2015 12:34PM

My sweet cousin walked gracefully through life's challenges, all the while allowing the light of God's hope and love to shine. May all who seek comfort now find it in Him. Love, Cynthia and Mike Donahoo


Millie McManus

March 30, 2015 7:59PM

What a beautiful soul and spirit my friend Karen had. She was an unbelievably strong woman. I am proud to have called her a friend for almost 30yrs. I miss her, my heart is broken.
Blessings to her family during these times.


Trish Mercer

March 29, 2015 11:01AM

I met Karen through the Grey Matters support group. She was an inspiration and a shining light. When the sun goes down tonight I will look to the sky and know Karen will be the brightest star in the sky. Rest in peace Karen. Prayers for the family.


Melanie Freeman

March 25, 2015 11:20AM

Rest in peace, Karen. I miss you! You were a kind and genuine friend, and you didn't deserve to suffer so. Condolences to the family, especially her young son. May God bless and protect him!


Cherry Overton Haymes

March 24, 2015 9:19AM

Precious Child of God, daughter of Jo & John, our thoughts and prayers for Peace are with you. Cherry & David


Susan Clepper Sutton

March 23, 2015 6:54PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen's family as they begin this season without her. She was a breathe of fresh air … with a wonderful smile … We will see her again on the other side.

Grateful for the time we had her in our life softens the lost we feel in our hearts today. Be at peace!


Linda White Piper

March 23, 2015 10:57AM

What a delight she was! She left us much too soon. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace.
Linda White Piper


Susan Scullion

March 22, 2015 4:47PM

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort in the midst of your sorrow.


ceil mcdermott

March 22, 2015 8:36AM

To Karen's loving family...my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort are with all of you. Indeed, heaven does have a beautiful new angel. Remembering Karen with laughter and love....Ceil


Suzanne Crawford

March 21, 2015 10:06PM

My thoughts and prayers continue for your family. I loved Karen. She was always so sweet to me. I enjoyed caring for David so much. May God be by your side through the years.


Lisa Alexander Taylor

March 21, 2015 8:04PM

Praying God's ever-present peace comfort you in the days ahead.


Sally Greene

March 21, 2015 7:08PM

Karen will be deeply missed. She was a true friend. We worked hard but had many many fun times too. Praying for the Ludwick and Wharton families.


Shirley Cordell

March 21, 2015 5:55PM

worked with Karen at JCP.. What a beautiful soul and spirit.
God be with her family always.


Susan and Chuck Anderson

March 21, 2015 1:39PM

Our hearts are broken. In our hearts her spirit, laughter and zest for life will live on Sending love and prayers to Jamss and David and the whole family.


Holley Howard

March 21, 2015 12:28PM

Dear James David& family,
Karen was beautiful inside and out. Prayers that all of the precious moments & joyous years you shared together bring you comfort. Gone from our sight but, never from our hearts!
Sincerely, Holley & Eddie