Karen Howes (1935 - 2015)

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Karen K. Howes
August 17, 1935 - June 25, 2015
Karen Howes passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the age of 79 in Nampa, Idaho, surrounded by family. She was born in 1935 in Elko, Nevada to Everett and Helen Wayman and spent a lovely childhood in the shadow of the Ruby Mountains. Karen met the love of her life, Arol Dean Howes, in high school. Dean had admired Karen from afar, but could not believe a girl like Karen would ever want him. Karen knew they were supposed to be together and asked him to the Sadie Hawkins dance, which was the beginning of 59 years together, 57 years of marriage, three children, and a legacy of family and love.
Karen was a cheerleader in high school, and a homecoming queen at the University of Nevada, Reno. Karen and Dean married in 1953 and became ranchers in Austin, Nevada. Though they loved ranching, Karen and Dean decided to go back to school. Karen earned a degree in teaching from Washington State University in Pullman and taught kindergarten while raising three children and helping her husband earn three degrees, ultimately a Ph.D. in animal nutrition. Karen also taught kindergarten in Nampa, Idaho, volunteered with the Mercy Medical Center auxiliary, and donated countless hours to volunteering in the Nampa and Caldwell, Idaho schools.
Karen's true success and legacy is in the way she inhabited the world. She loved her family, her friends, her students, her country, the land, and animals. She loved quietly but with overwhelming strength and passion. Often that love could not be contained in her small body and would leak out in tears at the holding of a new grandchild; at the strains of a patriotic song; at the sound of kind words; at the sight of a mossy, snow fed waterfall. Her love created and shaped a family, blessed friends, and will live on in those who knew her.
Karen is survived by her children and their spouses, Richard & Josephine Susaeta Howes, Shanna & Greg Liles, and Kathy & Phil Thomas; her five grandchildren, Andrea, Marcela, Dean (Kate), Patrick (Tawnie), and Jessica (Kris); her step-grandchildren, Stephanie Hill and David Thomas; her great-grandchildren, Theodore Howes, Cassidy and Trystin Thomas; and her sister & brother-in-law, Pamela & John Waage.
A funeral will be held at Dakan Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, July 7th in Caldwell, Idaho at 3:00 p.m. and another service at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 11th in Elko, Nevada at 10:00 a.m., where Karen can finally rest amidst the beauty of the nearby Ruby Mountains. Condolences may be shared at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
Karen's wish was to stay at home throughout her life. The family would like to recognize those who helped them fulfill this wish: Esperanza Rybolt for her loving care of both Karen and the family; Shelly Hamilton for her support and constant care; and the entire staff of Treasure Valley Hospice, most especially Kerri, Jen, Karen, and Joann.
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Treasure Valley Hospice at 8 6th St. N., Nampa, Idaho 83687.

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Caldwell, ID 83605
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 5, 2015