Kari Denise Zepeda

kari zepeda

October 13, 1972 ~ December 3, 2022

Resided in: Arlington, TX

Kari Denise Zepeda passed away on December 3, 2022, in her home. She was a loving and caring person from her birth on October 13, 1972.

Kari was born in Ennis, TX to Hardie Lee Wood and Janice Sue Wood. They lived in Ennis for a bit and moved to Fort Worth sometime in her childhood. Eventually, she would meet her husband of 35 years, Arthur Zepeda.

Arthur and Kari were married on August 28, 1987 and had three children during their marriage. On May 12, 1989, they had their first child, Richard Zepeda. Richard has five children of his own whom Kari loved and cared for deeply. Richard has a knack for having twins…the first set of twins were girls, Katherine and Mercedes. Nikki is the third born (not a twin) and twin boys Thomas and Jonah followed. Kari loved her grandkids with all her heart. She was even more protective of those children than she was with her own, which says a lot because she was a very protective and caring mother.

Kari’s second child, Raymond Zepeda, was born on February 7, 1991.

Finally, on May 15, 1993, Kari had her third and last child Katherine Zepeda. Unfortunately, Katherine passed away in December of 1996, and her name is where the names of Kari’s granddaughters originated.

Kari was the type of person to be considered a mother figure when you needed one most. She was the definition of a mother. As a mother, she was protective of her children and grandchildren. There were times when she would put herself in danger to protect her family. She, indeed, was the center of the family. Not only was she a great mother but also a great friend. In times of need, she would be there and help you. You could talk to her about anything, and she will do her best to lift your spirit. She was the person you sought for help and love through tough times and easy times. She will never be forgotten, and the love she gave will be passed on to others.

Kari was preceded in death by her father Hardie Lee Wood, mother Janice Sue Wood and daughter Katherine Rose Wood.

She is survived by her loving husband Arthur Zepeda Jr., son Richard James Zepeda and his wife Alexandra, son Raymond Michael Zepeda, grandchildren Mercedes Rose Zepeda, Katherine Elizabeth Zepeda Eliza Nichole Zepeda, Thomas Ray Zepeda and Jonah Hardie Zepeda.

A public visitation will be held for Kari on Monday, December 12 at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76013 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. A private family graveside service and burial will be held later at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington, TX.

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  1. CandleImageKari was an extraordinary person. My prayers go up for Arthur, her grandchildren and her children, as well as all of her family, that they may find peace and comfort in God’s loving hands. You are missed already Kari, but never will you be forgotten. ❤️🙏🏻

  2. CandleImageI remember the first day we met. We were attending a breakfast with with our Mini Cooper peeps. After breakfast Kari and her husband were having trouble with their mini Cooper so we stopped to help. We got to know them while helping them with their Cooper. 😊❤️ Both Kari and her husband were so sweet. Blessings and peace to their family! She was a special lady.

  3. Kari is a cousin of mine through marriage to my cousin Arthur Zepeda Jr. I have great memories of her forever in my heart. Kari was a great mother and the best grandmother. She will be truly missed. My deepest condolences to the Zepeda family.

  4. CandleImageKari was a wonderful person. She was always there to listen to me and help me when l was struggling. I’m going to miss her dearly.
    My heart goes out to her family, especially those grandbabies. There was no better grandmother out there, she was THE BEST!!
    They were her world. ♡

  5. Kari was a dear Facebook friend of mine. I loved seeing her posts, especially the ones about her grandchildren. She was always so sweet and said things that made me smile. I’m very saddened by her loss. Praying for peace for her family and friends.

  6. CandleImageThis was so hard for me to see today. I also knew Kari through Facebook and Minis. She was such the doting Gramma. I just so loved that she posted photos of the girls growing up, their artsy stuff, their funny dancing. She posted em all! Their first day of school. I’m missing you Kari! Godspeed as you see your loved ones in heaven.

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