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Karen Newbill

1956 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
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Karen Janette Henry Newbill

1956 - 2014

Karen, age 58, passed away June 24, 2014, at her home in Salem.

She was born March 30, 1956, in Dallas to Marian Pankey Henry and Russell R. Henry. She graduated from Dallas High School in 1974, attended Southern Oregon College and then earned her nursing degree from Chemeketa Community College.

She worked as a registered nurse on the Oregon Coast, in Portland and Vancouver, Wash, and in various other locales as a traveling nurse. She specialized in labor and delivery and postpartum care. She was ahead of her time in many ways, with a special knowledge and ability to assist mothers and babies during and after birth. She always wanted to help people, and she always gave it her all.

Her first son, Nickolas, was born in July 1986. She married Eugene Newbill in 1994, and he adopted Nick that same year. In August 1996, their son Nathaniel was born.

Karen enjoyed homemaking and flower gardening, and she was an excellent cook. She could make you laugh and was always upbeat, no matter the circumstances. Karen had a loving heart and always had a special spot for her beloved pets. She spent many hours cheering on her sons at their sporting events. Her boys were the center of her world.

She was a great friend and wonderful mother, and she will be greatly missed.

Karen was preceded in death by her mother, Marian, and her half sister, Sandy Via.

She is survived by her sons, Nickolas Newbill and Nathaniel Newbill, both of Salem; ex-husband and friend, Eugene Newbill of Salem; her father, Russell, of Keizer; half brother Galen of Lebanon; and brother Rusty of Auburn, Wash.

A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salem Friends of Felines in her honor.

Published in StatesmanJournal on July 28, 2014
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