Tahlequah Daily Press


August 6, 2010

Karen Elise Brown Blakely

TAHLEQUAH — Memorial services for Karen Elise Brown Blakely, age 68, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Jan Condren presiding. Services have been entrusted to the care of Hart Funeral Home.

Karen Elise Brown Blakely was born March 8, 1942 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Stuart Brown and Mildred Sundberg Brown. She moved to Austin, Texas, as a child and lived there until 1959, when she moved to Norman. She was a graduate of the Norman High School Class of 1960. She was married to Frank W. Blakely on June 12, 1964, in Norman. Karen received her bachelor of science degree in education from Kansas State University in 1973, and her master of science degree from Kansas State University in 1976. She moved to Tahlequah in 1979 and continued her education, receiving a bachelor of science degree in education from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., in 1981. Karen became a national board certified counselor in 1984. Karen worked as a physical education teacher at the Parsons Elementary School in Parson, Kan., and also served as the medical director at the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft for 21 years. She retired in 2001.

Karen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Parsons, Kan., and the First Presbyterian Church in Tahlequah. She was president of the Presbyterian Women. An avid sports fan, Karen also enjoyed counted cross stitch, reading and being in the outdoors.

Karen Blakely departed this life on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, in Tahlequah at the age of 68. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Frank W. Blakely, and by one son, Michael Blakely.

Survivors include two daughters, Whitney Scott and husband, Donald, of Tampa, Fla., and Kim Ryals and husband, James, of Tulsa; one son, Jon Marc Blakely and wife, Gayla, of Tahlequah; one sister, Valerie Schorzman of Idaho; 10 grandchildren, Chelsea, Brock, Morgan, Branden, Morgaine, Lindsey, Lauren, Serena, Rebekah and Melanie. She is also survived by numerous other relatives and friends.

Those wishing to send an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a donation in Karen’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church Women’s Association, 315 E. Shawnee, Tahlequah, Okla., 74464.

Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand Ave., (918) 456-8823.

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