Karen Pendleton
1946 - 2019
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Karen Pendleton was one of the original Disney Mouseketeers who appeared on the “Mickey Mouse Club” children’s television series for all four seasons, from 1955 until 1959.

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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 7, 2019.
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July 1, 2020
I'm so very sad to hear that Karen as passed away. She was my first idol. I was born in 1955, and my earliest memories were sitting in front of the television with my sister,and our ears on, watching the Mickey Mouse Club. I always felt special because I had the same name as she did. I loved her long blonde curls, and sweetness. Sometimes my dad would come into the room and start singing with us. " Saddle your pony here we go"!... RIP Karen. You had an enormous impact on so many of us. Karen
Karen
Friend
January 11, 2020
I just now found out about Karen's passing. I was so saddened, as I, and so many others, spent so much time watching the MMC in our youth.
My heartfelt sympathy to all her family members.
R.I.P. Karen, you will ALWAYS be remembered.
Joseph
January 2, 2020
I grew up with the musketeers and loved Karen. I was devastated about her accident. She was so full of love. I'm sure she's still helping people.Bless her. Louise Roy Spencer,Massachusetts
December 26, 2019
Karen was just two years older than me, and my brother and I adored her. Watching Karen and Cubby sing the good-bye at the end of the show was just the cutest thing ever. I am so sad she's gone. She was part of my childhood! My condolences to the whole family. xooxoxo
Carol Brown
October 27, 2019
My condolences for the loss of your mother. May the God of comfort be with all of you in the days, weeks, and months to come.
Karen
October 24, 2019
I was sadden to hear of Karen's passing, she was my next door neighbor growing up in North Hollywood on Kraft ave. Her mother would make her beautiful dresses and she would come over and show me, and after her dance classes she would show me the new dance that she learned. Her brother Kent was my best friend. My daughter Karen got a hold of her just on facebook just a few months ago, and I was able to contact her after so many years, she told my that Kent had passed away. I will always remember that sweet little girl, may she rest in piece. My condolences to the family. Mary Zaret
Mary Zaret
October 23, 2019
The Mouseketeers gather in Annette's home in February 1995 to launch Lorraine Santoli's "The Official Mickey Mouse Club Book."
Staci, on behalf of The Annette Funicello Research Fund, we want to express our heartfelt support as you adjust to the loss of your own Mom. Clearly, Annette (along with the entire nation) thought the world of your Mom. When Annette announced her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis in 1992, Karen was among the first friends to offer her support for the days ahead. These former "kids" had a lifetime of support that nothing and no one could overcome. Our prayer is that you and your family are blessed with just that kind of encouraging support in the days to come. You will all remain in our prayers... with gratitude for all that your Mom did to entertain, inform and educate our own youth. Grateful!

Dave Mason
Managing Director
The Annette Funicello Research Fund
for Neurological Diseases
Dave Mason
October 23, 2019
Dear Staci and family: we left three entries on Karen's email address; it appears we did not get through. Karen was a wonderful friend and example for little girls who were a little shy, talented and giggly, trying to get through in a wilderness of who am I? where am I going? am I going to be okay? that the other girls on our MMC series did not show. Her implicit bravery and character after the later accident, returning to school years after leaving for a BA & MA and then in addition to raising you, spent the rest of her life devoted to people with problems akin to hers, showing that recovery is ALWAYS possible if you persevere. I am proud to have been a friend and colleague, even though we did not see each other often. We are both sure you are very proud of what your mom accomplished and will grieve at the loss then recall her life positively once more. Mouseketeer Lonnie & Diane, still together in our 49th year.
October 22, 2019
I am broken hearted. Karen meant so much to me as a child. Her adorable sweet smile was a bright light to me at a difficult time in my life. I learned that we shared the same exact birthday, to the year. I was thrilled to meet her in 1964 when I went to Van Nuys CA. I learned of her challenges years later, and again she inspired me. Karen was my lifelong hero. May her family find comfort in the many memories they shared with her. Know that she brought smiles and joy to children around the world with her incredible talent, her smile and those beautiful long, blond curls. Forever in my heart!
Judye Leonard
October 21, 2019
My sincere condolences.
~ Jan, Louisiana
Jan Holland
October 15, 2019
My condolences go out to the family of Karen. Remember her on the Mickey Mouse shows.
Roy
October 14, 2019
Karen I never got to meet you in person. I'm so sad you're gone. R I P
Myra Castro
October 14, 2019
Marlis Soltani
October 14, 2019
Condolences. May the God of creation comfort you during your time of grief.
October 14, 2019
I'm extending my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Karen . May you find comfort in knowing God cares for you and will help you during this time of grief and sorrow 1 Peter 5:6,7.
October 13, 2019
I was Karen's neighbor and knew her parents well. They were wonderful people just like Karen. They all made a difference in my life. You will be missed Karen.
Jim Pfister
October 13, 2019
I am so sad to hear of Karen's passing. Although I never met her, I share a connection with her. I am named after her! My sister loved her and Cubby! (I'm glad I was a girl or else I would've been Cubby)
I grew up to love watching her also.
She brought joy to a lot of people.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Staci.

Karen Dyar, Fresno, Ca
October 12, 2019
God bless her in heaven. I cannot properly express how much she meant to us young children in the mid to late 1950's. Every day after school I saw the Mickey Mouse Club and Karen was one of my very favorites. Staci, I am more moved by her passing than you might think possible from someone who did not know her personally. George Muha, Union, NJ
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George Muha
October 12, 2019
Karen was a guest speaker in my class through FCC. A very nice woman, who helped many people.
So sorry for your loss.
Linda Lammers
October 12, 2019
You gave such happiness to everyone . So sad to hear of your mother passing , God has special place for her , both her and Jesus will be watching reruns together with all her friends. God has truly had blessed her and all of us who got to see her
Roger Cornacchia
October 12, 2019
Karen was so cute and talented. Loved her. gone a little too soon. Now we're gonna turn the mousekedial to the right and the left with a great big smile. This is the way we get to see a mouse cartoon for you and me. I think I got the right words. Maybe a little off. I know you are in heaven with the rest of the mouseketeers who crossed over. There is Jimmy,Roy,Doreen, Cheryl, Annette,Don, and any I might not remember right at the moment. God bless all of you mouseketeers and thanks for the great memories. You will live on forever.
Sandra Novoshielski
October 12, 2019
Valenda Newell
October 12, 2019
I am very very sorry about this
William Varner
October 12, 2019
Thank you Karen for those exciting Mickey Mouse days. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.
October 11, 2019
Was very sad to hear this...the original MM Club was one of the cherished memories of my childhood..when I was 35 and in ICU with heart problems, Dad was overseas and he sent me two VHS tapes of the original show...it was such a meaningful gift that made me happy. And, frankly, Karen and Cubby were my favorites, followed by Annette. Had no idea of he accident and injury.. I used to sing the " Now its time to say goodbye......." with her every night. Fly free little Karen. You brought so much happiness!
Pam Mitchell Fry
Friend
October 11, 2019
Condolences to the family of Karen Pendleton,

May the support and kind thoughts from all on this site bring you a measure of comfort and happiness in the days ahead.
Lillie Lin
October 11, 2019
Thank you Karen for all the precious memories. Your sweet shy smile shined brightly as a favorite Mouseketeer. You embodied the innocense of our youth. Your friendship with Cubby forever made me refer to my favorite platonic Male friends as my Cubbys. You will live forever in our hearts.
Mary Lou Robles
Mary Lou Robles
Acquaintance
October 10, 2019
I could not go to sleep tonight without saying Our Hearts Are Broken. Karen was my favorite to watch. I used to get up off the floor, and try to copy her dancing....just like I am sure a lot of other little girls did too. Karen was as bright as a shining star, always stood out, commanded the stage, and what can I say about her mischievous smile. Loved it!
Karen will forever be in our hearts, and we are so blessed that we all got to be a part of the Real Mickey Mouse Club.

My sincere condolences to Karen's Family, and Friends.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as Eagles.
Isaiah 40:31

Karen McGray
October 10, 2019
I would rush home from kindergarten and watch the Mickey Mouse Club!! Thank you Karen for being a positive part of our lives..
October 10, 2019
You were my favorite Mouseketeer. Loved your singing and dancing...and, your hair. I wanted that hair! You had such an accomplished, brave and giving life. Rest in peace
Mary Gabler
Friend
October 10, 2019
Karen entertained many as a Mouseketeer but was also a true inspiration by working and advocating for battered women, and with people that have disabilities. She had a kind soul the size of California & Texas combined. I have been honored and proud to be Karen's Medicare Insurance Agent for many years. My thoughts, prayers, and hugs go out to her daughter, Staci, and family.
Susan Hatch
Friend
October 10, 2019
She was always my favorite Mouseketeer! I was saddened to learn she'd been paralyzed years ago but happy that she managed to live a full life afterwards, advocating for others with disabilities. My sympathies to her family and friends.
Mary Wujcik
October 10, 2019
My symathy to the family. Praying your memories comfort you and bring you peace.
Thank you Karen for my memories of "The Mickey Mouse Club".
Glenna Bozarth
October 10, 2019
I remember her quite well. She seemed very sweet. My sympathies to her family.
Betty H
October 10, 2019
She seemed like such a sweetheart so sorry to hear of her passing. May her family find some comfort knowing how she touched so many lives through her sweet little grin of a smile. God bless her always a mouseketeer fan she reminded me at her young age of one of my granddaughters. Rest in peace sweet lady.
gleezette martinez
October 10, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that I speak these words...for you will be dearly missed. What an honor to be at college with you, Karen! Your beautiful Spirit and laughter gave each of us such inspiration and joy. You went on to help so many beautiful people...What an Angel! Your Legacy will NEVER be forgotten by neither your friends, nor your beautiful family.
Bryan Sayres
Classmate
October 9, 2019
Watched the MM Club as a kid . Made my Dad get me the
Mickey Mouse Ears So I could wear them when the Show
Came on ! RIP Karen .
Sue ( Heslinga ) Willard
Gr.Mich .
October 9, 2019
What an inspiring life she led. First as an entertainer then to completion as an advocate. She also shares the same birthday as me. Enjoyed watching her in reruns and she provided wonderful childhood memories for decades.
October 9, 2019
I am sorry, regarding the loss of your loved one. May the God of C, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.
October 9, 2019
I just loved sitting in front of our t.v. watching The Mickey Mouse Club with my mouse ears on. You and Cubby were so adorable. The show was great. Love and prayers to your family. May you rest in peace.
Sandy Shea
October 9, 2019
Karen and the Mickey Mouse Club were the only bright spot in my childhood! Because of her I pursued my singing. She was my role model. May she rest in peace.
Kathy Krebill
October 9, 2019
I was a loyal fan of the Musketeers. I remember Karen well. Thanks for being part of my childhood memories. And grateful for all you did for people of disability.
- C Bufford
Crystal Bufford
October 9, 2019
I recall the kids at Hoover High School in Fresno, Ca., when they learned that the beautiful lady in the wheel chair was a Mouse Club member. They were impressed but had never watched a single show. In my youth we raced home to catch the show. We never imagined we'd meet an actual member. Karen was a cute girl in the front row. She was a great influence on the kids at Hoover High also. She was very independent and loaded with courage. Because of her the faculty restrooms were modified for wheelchairs. She was always with a smile and would stop and chat with all. She is now back to her old self and I pray that all her family and friends will embrace the Lord and accept Gods richest blesses to see her again in heaven.
Steve Strickland
October 9, 2019
Sincere condolences to the family of Karen. An outstanding Mouseketeer that entertained us in the fifties when I was a young child. Great memories! May the God of comfort and peace strengthen you during this difficult time.
Erline Jackson
October 9, 2019
The musketeers was a fun show for us children during those times. Karen is resting in Gods memory. Sending prayers and words of comfort to Karens family and friends.
JE Sowell
October 9, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family. May memories comfort you and prayers strengthen you during this time.
October 9, 2019
How tragic to read of Karens accident that paralyzed her for so many years. How difficult her life must have been; however, she used her experience to help others.
At that time the lame will leap like the deer...(Isaiah 35:6). The day will come when those disabilities will be erased. The resurrection will bring back to life those who died with disabilities but will have them no longer. The future is bright and beautiful.
Suzie
October 9, 2019
May Karen fond memories and kind spirit be remembered. May the God of peace and comfort be with all who loved Karen .
October 9, 2019
FELICIA VALENTINE YATES
October 9, 2019
I GREW UP WATCHING YOU ON MICKET MOUSE ALL OF THE MOUSETTERS ARE MY CHILDHOOD. CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY.THANKS FOR THE JOY
FELICIA VALENTINE YATES
October 9, 2019
May God be with you as you go through your time of sorrow.
October 9, 2019
May you Rest In Eternal Peace,Karen! I remember watching you on The Mickey Mouse Club, My older sister and i would watch. At the time i was only 2yrs.old in 1955 but watched until 1959 when was 6yrs.old always loved your dancing and singing with Cubby and your Beautiful blonde curls you had! God Bless You And Your Family!!
KAREN BORGESON
October 8, 2019
Thank you Ms. Karen for the childhood memories! Your advocate work for those with disabilities has been greatly appreciated. Rest well old (TV) friend. A job well done. Prayers are sent for peace to the family.
Lynn Skorek
October 8, 2019
What a fabulous role model in my life. She was someone I always aspired to be.
RIP.
Vicki Callahan
October 8, 2019
So sad to hear of Karens passing. She was a good friend, and we enjoyed spending time together!
Gods blessings on Staci and family.
I will miss sweet Karen
Sally
Sally Bianco Schneider
Friend
October 8, 2019
I offer my sincere condolences to your family. I loved the Mickey Mouse club show and all who pioneered the show. May God give you comfort as you mourn.
Chris
October 8, 2019
I want to start by saying that I met Karen when I came to live at the shelter in 1993, she was my intake worker. We may have lost contact over the years but she was never far from my thoughts and she will always stay in my heart. I love you Karen.
Jacqueline Kearns
Friend
October 8, 2019
I wanted to look just like you.
May, God take care of you and my sadness is beyond words.
October 8, 2019
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May your treasured memories of Karen always fill your heart with love and peace
October 8, 2019
We never met, but I enjoyed our many chats on the phone and texts. When it's my time to go, we'll finally meet. Till then, RIP sweet girlfriend!
Joanne
October 8, 2019
Karen was my favorite Mouseketeer. Watched the show often.
Barbara Chaisson
October 8, 2019
Godspeed Karen, and thank you for the wonderful memories. The Mickey Mouse Club was a "must watch" afternoon TV show in my youth. Unforgettable for my generation. Now you are well and in eternal peace.
Harry Simpson
October 8, 2019
Karen made a impact on many lives
Crystal Pendleton
October 8, 2019
Watched you ever day with the Mouseketeers. I'm so sorry for your loss Karen and may you RIP.
Judi Cornfield
Friend
October 8, 2019
Please accept my truly sincere condolences to the Pendleton Family. Once a dear sweet little Mouseketeer. May God bless your family with endless love and his strong arm of support and peace as you cope with Karen's passing. Her humanitarian work will never be forgotten.
BRY
October 8, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. May the God of peace and comfort be with the family during this most difficult time.
October 8, 2019
My sympathy goes out to you for your great loss. God promised "from the grave I will redeem them,from death I will recover them" (Hosea 13:14)
Kay Richardson
October 8, 2019
Karen made a significant impact in many lives. Her acts of kindness, particularly for those who were emotionally beaten or physically disabled, did not go unnoticed, especially by Our Heavenly Father. May He be a source of great comfort to her daughter and grandchildren.
October 8, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time.
Kj
October 8, 2019
Peace.
Glen James Hausfeld
October 8, 2019
Joan Walton
October 8, 2019
My Condolences to the family and friend of Karen Pendleton and fans of Mickey mouse club for the loss of Mrs.Pendleton.
October 8, 2019
My condolences go out to the family of Karen. She'll be truly missed.
Leroy
October 8, 2019
Karen is one of my best childhood memories. The first "star" I ever got to meet. Our grandparents were best friends and when our schedules finally matched, we got to spend the day together at her grandparents house.
Connie Lawrence
October 8, 2019
Sorry to hear of Karen's death.Used to watch her and she died on my 72 nd birthday.Respectfully Patricia Gardner
Patricia Gardner
October 8, 2019
Awww when I was a little girl I was so thrilled because one of the Mouseketeers had MY name!! So sorry for your loss...Fair winds Karen!!!
Karen Wilson
October 8, 2019
Rest in peace
A Fan
October 8, 2019
Sorry to hear of the loss
Ann Stokman
October 8, 2019
I came home from school eagerly excited to watvh The Mickey Mouse Club. Mrs Pendleton and the other cast played a great part in my childhood. May God comfort the family as you grieve.
VH
October 8, 2019
Boy was I a Mouseketeer fan when I was a child. I truly enjoyed learning from the show and remember the appearances of Karen Pendleton. I am very sorry for your beloved family loss. I hope your comforted knowing that God is with those who are broken hearted, and crushed in spirit. May He comfort you in every way needed during this difficult moment.
October 8, 2019
Thank you for the wonderful memories. Im glad My mom and I got to meet you in person. Rest In Peace Karen
Nancy Phillips
Acquaintance
October 8, 2019
I feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful role model like Karen, as a child.. Her memory will live on in the hearts of Mousekateer fans forever. Prayers for her family, and friends, that they find strength, comfort, and peace during this most difficult time..
Cindy Deming
October 8, 2019
So sorry that she has passed. I met her several times at conventions and at Disneyland shes was amazing. I loved the Mousketeers.
Barbara Van Deusen
Acquaintance
October 7, 2019
Rest in Peace Karen.
Jerri Ervin
October 7, 2019
I am so sorry to learn of Karen Pendleton's death. She was a mainstay of my childhood. More important, she lived a purposeful life as an adult.

I'm sorry I was never able to meet Karen. Darlene Gillespie nursed me back to health when she lived in Nashville and I was able to meet Bobby Burgess when he appeared here.

I felt like an honorary Mouseketeer when I saw Jimmie Dodd during a promotional appearance at Dayton's Department store in Minneapolis. Years later I would see Cubby O'Brien at a John Davidson concert, also in Minneapolis.

I was fortunate to meet and interview Annette Funicello when she recorded in Nashville and I've had the opportunity, through the years, to receive correspondence from Bobby, Paul Petersen and Lonnie Burr and to interact with them on "Stu's Show."

I guess I have my share of "Mouse Memories" but consider this the fan letter to Karen I never wrote.

Through the years we'll all be friends, wherever we may be... See ya real soon!
Stacy Harris
October 7, 2019
We are saddened for the loss of your dearly beloved Mother. May the God of tender mercies comfort you all, always. We know that you are very proud of your beloved Mother. She left a great legacy that touched the lives of many. We watched her when we were young kids. It was such a pleasure to watch the "Mickey Mouse Club" children's television series.



MM, Jackson, MS
October 7, 2019
Yes, Karen and Cubby. They were the best. R.I.P
A 70 year old Mickey fan.
William Conway
October 7, 2019
I never met nor knew Karen Pendelton,but she gave me a lot of entertainment through the Mickey Mouse Club!
Ronald Vaughan
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