Karen Nelson Applegate passed away peacefully at her home in Pendleton, Oregon on June 13, 2017, at the age of 77.
Karen is lovingly remembered by her husband of 57 years, Larry S. Applegate; son Shaner Applegate with Sheri Towers; daughter Kristen Hamilton with son-in-law Richard Hamilton; grandchildren, Huntyr and Danner Hamilton; brothers Clarke A. Nelson and David H. Nelson; caregiver Angela Boston; along with 10 nieces and nephews. Karen is preceded in death by her father David Carl Nelson and mother Della Oien Nelson.
Karen was born in Pendleton, Oregon on January 23, 1940. She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1958 and continued her education at the University of Colorado and the University of Madrid in Spain where she earned a master’s degree in education. Karen worked as a teacher at Pendleton High School until her children were born. She enjoyed golf, gardening, music and oil painting. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
A memorial service will be held at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17.
Flowers and condolences may be sent to Pendleton Pioneer Chapel Folsom-Bishop, 131 SE Byers Avenue, Pendleton, Oregon, 97801. Online condolences may be sent to www.pioneerchapel.com. Donations and contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) in memory of Karen Applegate would also be greatly appreciated.