Karen Lee Kuhrt, 76, of Eagar, died peacefully Friday, May 3, 2019, at her home surrounded by loved ones. She was born Aug. 18, 1942, in Lake City, Iowa, where she married her husband, Jack June 12, 1960.
In 1962 she gave birth to their daughter, Jodie while Jack was stationed in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and while living in McHenry, Illinois in 1971, they adopted their daughter, Kim.
Karen worked as a secretary at Round Valley High School from 1978 to 1990 when she was forced into medical retirement after having had a brain aneurysm. During her time as a secretary she had a unique way of connecting with the students and became known as “mom” to many. Karen loved music, enjoyed being surrounded by all of her grandkids and never turned down an opportunity to go shopping with anyone.
She is survived by her husband, Jack; daughter Kim (Kenny) Peña; granddaughters Brandy (Armando) Irigoyen, Tiffany (Brian) Palmer and grandsons Tyler Peña, Nikolas Peña, Brandon Peña and Shelby Watkins; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was proceded in death by her parents, Orville and Hazel Patterson, daughter Jodie Watkins and great-grandchild Derrika Daniel.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Community Presbyterian Church of Springerville.
For those who have special memories and would like to leave an online condolence for Karen’s family, www.burnhammortuary.com.
Burnham Mortuary of Eagar handled arrangements.