Our heavenly father took our beautiful daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Karin Blackwater, from this earth in the early morning of Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
Karin was born Oct. 26, 1956, to Dayton and the late Juanita Blackwater in Bluff, Utah. She spent her childhood in Moab, Utah, and graduated from Grand County High School in 1975.
It was there in Moab that a movie company came to town, and Karin was cast as an extra and filmed in a few scenes dressed in Indian attire. The movie is called "Against a Crooked Sky." When the movie came out, she was so excited to see herself; her mother, the late Juanita Blackwater; and her little sister, Carol Velasquez, on screen.
In Karin's senior high school yearbook, one classmate wrote: "Karen, you're a great friend with a nice personality. I'm glad we are friends and classmates. We've had a lot of laughs together and we've worked out some problems together. The year is gone and friends must part but hopefully we'll meet again. Good luck always and God bless.
After moving to Farmington, Karin worked at Y&S Candy Co. as a candy cook for approximately 20 years. After that company moved out of state, she worked at the local Wal-Mart as a stocker and provided customer service. She also sold arts and crafts at the local flea markets.
Karin was a fantastic cook and cooked all the special occasion meals for her family. Even though it was physically difficult for her, due to her weakened health cause by diabetes, she would spend many hours in her kitchen creating her many wonderful delicious meals for birthdays, Thanksgivings and Christmas.
Karin was mother figure to her great nieces, Jamine and Amaiya Blackwater. She cared for them since birth, as if they were her own children. After being told of Karin's passing, Amaiya, 5, asked, "Who will take me shopping now?"
And Jazmine, 12 (a great artist and writer) wrote: "Waking up one morning, just to know I get to spend one day with her, and I did. Even if it was a bad day for her, I brightened up her day. The best part was just to see her on my birthday." Jazmine commented, "Now I am the lady of the house, I know how to cook, but someone has to teach me how to wash."
Karin is survived by her father, Dayton Blackwater of Kirtland; brothers, Curtis Blackwater and wife Corky and Harvey Blackwater; sisters, Camie Blackwater and husband Mike, Tammie Blackwater, and Carol Velasquez and husband Julian; uncle, Sam; nephews, Craig Blackwater, Bryan Blackwater, Marcus Bekis, Mario Bekis and Derrick Blackwater; nieces, Marlo Buendia and Darrah Blackwater; aunt, Genova and Albert Ellison; aunts, Linda Alsburgs and Mary Russell; her great-niece, Bryell Blackwater; her little angels, Jazmine Blackwater, Amaiya Blackwater, Verdainya Dickson, Valor Buendia, Davian Buendia, Xavier Blackwater; and many cousins.
She is preceded in death by her grandfather, John Kee Harvey; grandmother, Margaret Harrison; mother, Juanita Blackwater; and aunts, Vivian Salt and Mary Louise Chee.
Karin, throughout her entire life, has always put other's needs before hers. She did not desire fancy clothes, jewelry or elaborate possessions. She proved her tremendous love for all by her actions.
Karin was very close to her mother. Not only were they mother/daughter, they were best friends. They were inseparable. They took trips together to places like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park. When her mother became ill, Karin took care of her to the end. Taking care of baby Jazmine helped her through the sadness of losing her mother. Karin also took care of her father, Dayton Blackwater, by cooking, cleaning washing clothes, etc.
We miss Karin tremendously. We have lost our great cook and motherly love caretaker.
It brings comfort and joy to us that she is now with her mother and family members who have passed and is in the care of our heavenly father.
A celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Cross Roads Community Church, 2400 N. Butler Ave. in Farmington. Pastor Dayton Blackwater will be officiating. After that, Karin will be buried next to her mother in Greenlawn Cemetery, 1606 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington.
Karin is in the care of Desert View Funeral Home, North U.S. Highway 491 in Shiprock, 505-368-4607.