Karen Atkins, age 79, of East Bethel was called home to the Lord on December 31, 2021. Services will be held at a later date. Memorials donations can be given to Animal Humane Society.org.
Karen Colleen Atkins (Pahlow) was born on September 5, 1942, in Turtle Lake Township Wisconsin to Ernest and Lucy (Faulkner) Pahlow. She was the youngest of four on a farm East of Clayton. She had many animals on the farm. Horses may have been her favorite of them all. Karen loved to spend time with her nieces and nephews around the farm. She graduated from Clayton High School in 1960. After high school, Karen moved to Minneapolis and attended tech school. She worked at then St. Regis in Golden Valley. Karen changed careers and went on to work as an accountant for LDI for over 30 years. After she retired from LDI, she grew her beautiful flower gardens. She cared for many stray cats over the years giving them all a loving home. Karen loved all the wildlife they got to experience living at their home in East Bethel.
Karen met her husband, Richard when she worked at St. Regis. They married on August 5, 1972. They built a home next to Richard’s childhood home in East Bethel. They went on to raise two daughters, Marcie and Marcia. She was a wonderful woman that devoted her life to her girls and her family.
Karen was called home to the Lord on December 31, 2021 at the age of 79 years. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Lucy Pahlow; sisters, Marie LaBlanc and Jeanette LaBlanc; brother, Lloyd Pahlow; and nephews and nieces.
Karen is survived by loving husband, Richard; daughters, Marcie (Dan) Cowman and Marcia (Josh) McCabe; stepchildren, Terry (Elaine) Roberts and Traci Beaulieu (Ray Goudey); grandchildren, Hailey, Wyatt, Kaitlyn, and Brycen; step grandchildren, Landon, Samantha, Arielle, Nicole, Jason, and Christopher; sisters in law, JoAnn Pahlow, Carol Egan, Lilah Atkins and Marlene Atkins; along with many wonderful nieces, nephews, and friends.