Barbara Bush Remembers Liz Karnes' Energy, Caring
Posted: Thu, Jan 1, 2009
By Paul Goodsell
Reprinted with permission from the Omaha World-Herald.
Originally published: 04/27/2003
Former first lady Barbara Bush is among those sending condolences to the family of Liz Karnes, the Omaha community leader who died last week. "She was one of the nicest, brightest, most energetic people that I have ever met," Bush told The World - Herald. "Whether Liz was working for Boys Town, a candidate, a friend or the family she loved so very much, she put her whole big heart and tiny body into the project."
Karnes, 53, the wife of former U.S. Sen. David Karnes, fought a 12 - year battle against cancer. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood Ave. Karnes volunteered as an unpaid staff member in the early 1980s for Bush's efforts to promote literacy.
The Karneses were living in Washington because David Karnes had a White House fellowship. Bush's husband, former President George H.W. Bush, was vice president at the time. Bush said she and her husband join those in Nebraska who celebrate Karnes' life. "I loved her and respected her," Bush said. "Liz gave hope to us all, and the Earth is a better place because she lived on it."