Karen Daniel, age 74, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 5, 2021, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The daughter of Marion and Catherine "Skilly" Forsman; Karen was born in Tulsa on July 24, 1946. If you were a teenager in Tulsa in the '50s and '60s, it's likely you knew Karen and her siblings from either her mother's teen dance club, The Machine, or Skilly's School of Dance. Karen sometimes helped at the club, usually transporting stars like The Band and Taj Mahal from the airport to the club where they would play. She also taught many an awkward teen to dance at the ballroom studio. And while she didn't know it at the time, that is also where she met her future husband, George Daniel.
After graduating from Edison in 1964 and spending a few years at Trinity College, Karen returned home to Tulsa and began a job as retail buyer for Miss Jackson's. She traveled back and forth to New York, eventually becoming the couture buyer and starting the teen fashion department.
While working for Miss Jackson's, Karen reconnected with George, whom she used to teach dance with at Skilly's. The pair were married in 1972 and went on to have three sons: Patrick Michael, Brian Ellis, and Jason Matthew.
With 3 young boys, Karen opted to stay closer to home and began a job in real estate. Even with a successful new career, she rarely missed her boys' activities or sporting events. Nor did she miss her standing Wednesday lunch date, an event that went on for over 30 years, with her lifelong friends, Martha, Nancy, and Belinda. After her boys left for college, Karen went back to her first passion, retail, where she helped people at TA Lorton for over 15 years.
Karen was a friend to all in Tulsa, whether helping you buy your first home, driving all the kids and their friends to and from games, or welcoming you into TA Lorton where she knew exactly what you needed for your forever home. She was always there with a smile...and probably a joke.
Karen and George were rarely apart until his death in 2004. She continued to work at TA Lorton, dine every week with her best friends, and visit her boys in their new hometowns across the country. She was able to watch them get married, and later, meet her grandchildren, each of whom adored her.
Karen was preceded in death by her mother and father; her brother, Pat Forsman; and her husband, George. Karen is survived by her brother, Michael Forsman and her sister, Dee Dee (Forsman) Bishop. She is also survived by her three sons and their families, Patrick and Noel, Brian and Regan, Jason and Amanda; and her grandchildren, Zoey, Quinn, Carter, and Rylan.
Karen continues to be a light in her family's lives, as they remember her joy, humor, and youthful spirit. We hope you will keep her memory alive in your heart as well.
A celebration of Karen's life will be held with friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please have a vodka soda in her honor, or donate to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation https://give.bcrf.org/ https://www.butler-stumpff.com/
Published by Tulsa World on Aug. 1, 2021.