Karen Renee Smithson, born December 17, 1970, to Lewis C. and LeOra Ricks in Bakersfield, passed away peacefully August 21, 2016, in Bakersfield with her family by her side.
Karen graduated from East Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield College in Culinary Arts. She was kind and generous humorous and passionate.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Paul and James, and is survived by her husband, Raymond Smithson; daughter, JoAnna (Jose) Contreras; sons, Phillip Winegar, Tobin and Hunter Smithson; grandchildren, James, Jose, Lucian, Aubree Bethany, and Hunter Neil; brother, Steven, and sisters, Martha and Deniece.
Services will be held Monday, August, 29, 10:00 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 316 A St., Bakersfield, CA.
Viewing will be held one hour prior. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery, 3700 River Blvd.
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