Karen Dee Barclay Crain (1951 - 2018)

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Karen Dee Barclay Crain passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at the age of 67, after a 24-year battle with breast cancer.
Karen was born in North Bend, Ore., and came to Homer, Alaska, in 1953. She attended Kenai Territorial grade school, Kenai High School and Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore. She spent most of her formative years in Soldotna, Alaska, and in 1976 moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she started a family with Richard Crain.
Karen worked for the Alaska Court System as a Deputy Clerk for 19 years, and an additional eight years for the North Slope Borough before retiring.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was a very important part of Karen's life. As a life-long member, she served in many positions in the church, including Sunday school teacher, the Relief Society and she led the singing for many years. Karen enjoyed home teaching, and after her retirement in 2014, spent most days visiting and helping friends.
Karen's greatest joy was spending time with her grandson, Jack. They spent many weekends together, picking raspberries, baking, and enjoyed many trips to Soldotna to visit with Jack's great-grandfather Al.
Karen has now joined her father, DeWitt Barclay; and beloved aunt, Lucille McClure.
Karen is survived by her mother and stepfather, Marilyn Hershberger and Alvin Hershberger; siblings, Greg Barclay, Marian Aguilar, Jeanne Hayes, Patti Fukuyama and Sandra Rollins; daughters, Leah Scholz and Kristen Crain-Robinson; and grandson, Jack Scholz. Karen was close with her extended family and her loss will be deeply felt by them all.
Services are being held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 700 West 46th Avenue in Anchorage.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alaska at https://www.cancer.org/about-us/local/alaska.html.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 14 to Sept. 16, 2018
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