Karen Lee Leavitt left this earthly life, peacefully after a long battle with breast cancer, on August 12, 2015. She was born September 13, 1946 in LaGrande, Ore. She was the daughter of Ed and Evelyn Blaser and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She grew up in the LaGrande area and loved spending time with her Grandmother, GaGa and had many stories to tell of the time they spent together. She attributes to her grandmother the many talents she became an expert at later in life. She graduated from The Dalles High School in 1964 and attended Brigham Young University. She married Gary Leavitt and raised 5 children. She was an avid family historian and volunteered in the local Family History center. She skillfully traced her family history back to Robert Bruce from Scotland, which inspired a trip to Scotland in September of 2013 with her daughter Katie. She tried to pass on her love of genealogy to those she came in contact with. She held many callings in the church; Young Womens Camp Director, YW President, Primary President, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Visiting Teacher, just to name a few. She spent time enjoying wildlife, flowers, the ocean and other beauties of the earth. From a very early age she loved animals and had dogs, cats, horses, etc. that she adopted or they adopted her that added joy to her life. Her talents and hobbies included: sewing, crocheting, knitting, flower arranging, decorating, and spending time with her family and friends. She loved celebrating the holidays and special events in her children’s lives. Christmas, Easter, Halloween, birthdays, and baptisms, were all planned and skillful executed events for everyone to remember and enjoy and can be relived through pictures scrapbooked and recorded by Karen herself.
She is survived by her husband Gary, daughters; Cindy, Stephanie and Katie. Grandchildren; Blake, Audreia, Jacen, Andye, Ayden, Edward and a Great Grand baby, Finley will be added to the family in 2016. Her daughter, Tawnya and son, Brian preceeded her in death. As did her parents Ed and Evelyn Blaser and her younger brother Allen.
She will be missed by many. But we all know she is now free of pain and disease.
Funeral services will be Thursday, August 20, 2015 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1815 East 15th Street, The Dalles 10:00 a.m. Followed by a burial at Three Mile Cemetery.
Memorial donation may be made to American Cancer Society or Wounded Warriors Project.
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