Karen M. Mills
October 16, 1942 – September 30, 2013

Stayton – Karen, 70, a lady of great faith, went home to our Lord and Savior on September 30, after actively battling cancer for the past 2 years. She was born in Sioux Falls, SD., and has lived in Stayton for the past 20 years.

Karen graduated from Augustana Academy in Canton, SD., and Concordia College in Fargo-Moorhead, MN. She taught home economics in Whitefish, MT.,  and also in Odessa, WA. After earning her elementary teaching certificate from Eastern Washington University, she taught kindergarten within the Spokane Public Schools for several years. Karen was the teacher/director of Noah’s Arc Pre-School in Silverton. She later was the children’s librarian with the Stayton Public Library until her retirement. Karen was very active within her church and was a member of the church choirs of Faith Lutheran in Shelton, WA., and also Immanuel Lutheran in Silverton.

She is survived by her husband: Ron Mills of Stayton, whom she married on August 27, 1969 in Rapid City, SD.; daughters: Sarah (Jason) Clark of Newark NJ., and Ruthann (Jake) Carroll of Boise, ID.; step-daughter: Nadine (Larry) Sherwood of Sherwood; granddaughter: Evangeline Clark and grandsons: Anthony and Taylor Sherwood. Karen was preceded in death by her brother, David.

A memorial service for Karen will be on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Salem at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family strongly suggests memorials to be made to Camp Lutherwood 22960 Hwy 36 Cheshire, OR 97419, Northwest Sarcoma Foundation PO Box 91460 Portland, OR 97291 or Serenity Hospice 11481 SW Hall Blvd Suite 200 Tigard, OR 97223. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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