Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Goodbye to an old friend-Karen Wilkerson Laughlin

Karen Lyn LAUGHLIN, Sept. 21, 1946 - March 30, 2010
James Marshall High School Class of 1964
Following a fearless, two-year-long battle with cancer, Karen took her final breath in her own home, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Pat Laughlin, son, Andy Laughlin, daughter, Lynne Laughlin-Blee, (Todd) and his children, step son Kreg Laughlin (Idalia) and his children, brother, Jerry Wilkerson (Sue), niece, Keri Davidson (Ben) and her children, nephew, John Wilkerson (Cindy) and his children, uncles John (Ethel) and Thomas Wilkerson, aunts, Libby Burnell and Nell Trundle, cousin, Pat Saye, and countless friends, students and former coworkers. In addition to her main caregiver, her daughter, Lynne, Karen was lovingly assisted by Andy's fiancee', Alexas, and her daughters. Her parents, Mari and Fred Wilkerson, preceded her in death. A 1964 graduate of James Marshall High School, Karen spent most of her life in the community of West Sacramento, achieving several teaching credentials from CSU Sacramento and retiring after a 37-year career as a classroom teacher, special education teacher and reading specialist with the Washington Unified School District. Additionally, Karen was a 33-year member of the East Yolo Fellowship. She enjoyed frequent family escapes to the coast and adored the beaches at Santa Cruz. Karen imparted great wisdom and love on the lives of all she came to know and will be remembered for her ''teacher voice,'' warm heart and quick wit, which she held through her final days. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at River Cities Funeral Chapel, 910 Soule St., in West Sacramento, with reception to follow. A viewing will be held from 3-8 p.m. Monday. All are welcome to attend.
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Steffe said...

Sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

I was one of many of her friends and I will miss her greatly, she touched me one day with just a caring phone call and for that, I will be forever grateful for her! Yesterday we at the EYF fellowship hall had a warm memorial potluck and tribute to Karen and her family thanks for all the great stories and memories we all have of her and we got to share our blessings of what she meant to all of us!

Lynne Laughlin said...

I still miss you, Mom. I'm still doing everything just as you showed me.