Celebrations: 50th birthday suprise for Karen Kolbe

Ms. Karen Kolbe thought she was going to First Baptist Church to get her picture made for the church directory but when she entered the room on April 1, April Fool’s Day, her friends shouted, "April Fool Karen", and then everyone burst into singing "Happy Birthday."

The table decorations, Karen’s corsage, cake and punch were among the items in the room decorated with Karen’s favorite color of pink. Approximately 50 friends stopped by to wish Karen a Happy Birthday.

A scrapbook with special notes from from the guest, along with photo’s and videos was presented to Karen as a keepsake.
On April 7, a surprise gathering of family and friends was held at the home of Karen’s sister, Alice.

On this special 50th happy birthday party, Karen received a surprise visit from one of her favorite singers, "Elvis". As the guests were enjoying refreshments, Elvis started singing "Love Me Tender" prior to entering the room. Karen was overjoyed to hear him sing. Elvis, then entered the room and kneeled by Karen and sang, "Suspicious Minds."

Elvis sang "Happy Birthday" to Karen, gave her a bouguet of flowers and an autographed book. Elvis took a red scarf from around his neck and autographed the scarf and presented it to Karen. Elvis then left the room.

Karen was born with a rare bone disease, "Osteogenisis Imperfecta" which means "Imperfect formation of bones."
Even with all the obstacles she faces, you never hear her complain. In fact, her sense of humor is quite remarkable and is very intelligent.

At her party, Karen started, "I may be older than most of my friends, but I will always look younger than all of them!"
Karen is the daughter of Mr. Earl Kolbe and the late Mrs. Mae Kolbe. Her sister, Alice Kolbe, lives in Alcoa.

Both surprise gatherings were coordinated by Ms. Sharon Skeenes, Ms. Debbie Payne, Ms. Dawn Evans, Ms. Rachel Evans and Ms. Alice Kolbe.

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