08/18/1949 - 05/25/2021
Karen Jane Kelly passed away on May 25 2021 at the age of 71 in Eugene Oregon at home surrounded by friends and family. She was born on August 18th 1949 to Frances Odell Wilson in Bowling Green Kentucky. She grew up in Kentucky and graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1967 and attended Western Kentucky University. Karen enjoyed spending time with her siblings while living in Kentucky and traveling back to Michigan for summers. While living in Kentucky she met and married Herald Kelly before moving her family west to begin her life as an Oregonian. She loved Oregon and convinced three of her sisters and one of her brothers to join her. At the age of 22 she had her only child Melissa. Karen stayed home to raise her daughter often volunteering at her school and chauffeuring her to various activities, she loved hanging out with her daughter and her greatest joy was when she became a Grandmother and then a Great Grandmother. She had a few select friends besides her siblings that she loved spending time with.
When Karen decided to work outside the home she worked in a couple offices before joining the US Attorneys office in Eugene where she started as a receptionist and eventually became a legal secretary. She work for the USAO for 17yrs and then retired.
She was an avid reader and closely followed current events, loved the outdoors and was a dedicated window shopper!
Karen was preceded in death by her mother, her brother Arthur, and sisters Jeanine and Rebecca. She is survived by her siblings Clark and Debbie her daughter Melissa Kelly her grandson Andrew and her great granddaughter Evelyn along with many nieces and nephews
She lived her life by her own rules through good times and bad.
She will be missed by all who knew her.
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Published by Eugene Register-Guard from Jul. 9 to Jul. 11, 2021.