March 7, 1947 to March 7, 2010
Karen Jean White, 63, passed away on March 7, 2010, at her home in Redmond, Ore., in the presence of her husband and mother. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the Bend First United Methodist Church in Bend, at 11 a.m. A lunch reception at the church will follow.
Karen was born in Portland to Walter and Catherine Angstead. While attending schools in north Portland and Jefferson High, Karen was active in Bethel No. 5 Jobs Daughters and Order of Eastern Star.
In 1968 Karen married Roland White in Portland. They started a family in Tigard before moving to Milton-Freewater in 1976.
In addition to being a wonderful mother and homemaker, Karen served the local community as the manager of the Chamber of Commerce in Milton-Freewater and at Whitman College in Walla Walla. Karen was active at Wesley United Methodist Church, P.E.O., and other local charities.
Karen loved the outdoors and enjoyed the many camping trips with the family each summer. She also enjoyed sharing her love of the outdoors and for God by helping with church camp programs. One of Karen's passions was history and she nurtured her passion by spending three years living abroad with her husband in Europe and Australia. It was a fun time in her life with lots of travel and adventures.
Karen and her husband moved to Redmond in 2002, and learned to appreciate the high desert and its many outdoor opportunities. They became active in square dancing, which brought them a large circle of friends.
Karen worked as office administrator at Edwards Jones Investments in Redmond, which she said was the best job in her life.
Karen was preceded in death by her father and brother. She is survived by her husband, Roland; mother, Betty Angstead, of Tigard; son, Brian White(Wendy) of Rathdrum, Idaho; daughter, Becky Cary (Andy) of Pendleton; and the four best grandchildren in the world.
The family would like to give special thanks to Partners in Care/Hospice, and Cancer Care of the Cascades. Memorial contributions may be made to any cancer care or cancer research agency.