Karen Lynn Simons of Lewiston rejoined her son, Jonathan, and her mother, Ethel Sperry, in heaven on Monday, May 27, 2019.

Karen was born to Ken and Ethel Sperry on Sept. 19, 1956, in Wallace, Idaho. Karen spent her young years with her parents and five surviving siblings, Bill Sperry, Melody Boardman, Jim Sperry, David Sperry and Dan Sperry, in the Silver Valley, and she graduated from Kellogg High School.

Karen loved everyone and she was best known for her loving hospitality. She continually helped people without regard for what she got in return. She lived and loved with a helping heart. Karen’s single-parenting efforts resulted in a legacy left for her beautiful daughters, Heather, Maraia and Jordyn, to carry on. The legacy of a caring and loving spirit clearly resides in the girls.

Karen’s greatest joy was her three girls and their children, Heather and David Dykstra and Heather’s daughter, Ashley Long; Maraia Backman and her sons, Kaylon and Rylan Accord; and Jordyn and Joseph Donnelon and their daughters, Audrey, Charlotte and Amelia. She lived with the great loss of her son, Jonathan, who passed at 13 days old.

Karen and Fred Simons married Dec. 16, 2005. Their families blended and they loved the families as their own. Karen and Fred had a collaborative and caring relationship based on a mutual support and love for one another. Fred’s children, Cabrina, Frederick, Davina and Jeremy, became their children and Karen loved them all. Cabrina’s children, Stephen, Immanuel and Tatiana, loved Nana Karen and Immanuel held a special place in her heart. Frederick Simons IV and Jessica Simons’ children, Kavantae Simons, Julia-Lynn Conant, Caleb Simons and Elizabeth Simons, knew and loved Karen as their Nana. Jeremy and Wendy’s children, Ashanty, Aileen, Ajawni, Aijeleth and Jaydrick, were also loved by Karen as were Davina and Paul’s children, Tim, Zach and Daniel. Davina has since passed away. Fred remained a wonderful source of support and care for Karen through illness and during difficult final days.

Many who knew Karen loved her for her fun personality, her ability to sing beautifully and her loving and caring spirit for others. It is these memories that carry family and friends through this difficult time and excite us about reuniting with her in the future.

A celebration of life will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 15 at Abundant Life Church, 1483 16th Ave., Clarkston. A luncheon will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a local food kitchen or Meals on Wheels.