1951 - 2012
Karen K. Lyford, Post Falls, formerly of Milton-Freewater, passed away Aug. 22, 2012, at the Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital in Post Falls at the age of 61. Memorial services will be Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church in Milton-Freewater with Pastor Terry Hackney officiating. Concluding service and private inurnment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church.
Karen was born Aug. 3, 1951, in Walla Walla, to Earl and Juanita Johnston Karr. She grew up in Milton-Freewater, attending Milton-Freewater schools, graduating from McLoughlin Union High School in 1969. She married Jerry Lyford right out of high school and later divorced. In 1969 Karen went to work as a secretary for Louisiana Pacific in Walla Walla, formerly Georgia Pacific, until the plant closed in 1996, forcing Karen to retire early.
Karen loved her church and church family at Grace Presbyterian in Milton-Freewater, where she volunteered for many projects, including the church Sunday School. In her earlier years, she lived life to its fullest. Karen liked to go flying with her pilot friend Kurt Caulkins and loved to dance until an accident in 1978 made her a paraplegic, even in the wheelchair, she continued dancing. In the past few years, Karen started making jewelry and absolutely loved it until arthritis set into her hands, which limited this hobby. Karen lived for her niece Kortnie (Amon) Walter and nephew Adam Amon who were like her own children. She also baby sat her great-niece, Chelsey Holford Walter for many years, whom she loved very much. Many will remember her for her infectious laugh and smile.
Survivors include her mother, Juanita Karr; sister and brother-in-law, Debra and Scott Amon; niece and nephew Kortnie (Amon) Walter and Adam Amon; great nieces and nephews, Alicia Walter, Chelsey Holford Walter, Alex Walter and Dustin Walter. She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Milton Karr.