Karen Kay Easton, 74, Lyman

Karen Kay Easton, 74, of Lyman, died Sunday, June 2, 2013 while hospitalized in Loveland, CO. The family invites friends and guests to a graveside memorial service on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Mitchell City Cemetery with Dr. Charles Richardson as officiant. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of any flowers, memorials in Karen's honor be made in care of the Lyman Volunteer Fire Department or the Panhandle Humane Society. Online condolences may be left at www.jones-mortuary.com. Jones Mortuary in Mitchell is in charge of arrangements.

Karen Kay Van Trump was born on October 12, 1938 in Scottsbluff, NE. She was the first child of James and Evelyn (Tjaden) Van Trump. She graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1956. She married Dennis Lee Easton on October 5, 1956. To this marriage, three children were born: Randall, Scott and Vicki. Karen dedicated the early years of her marriage to caring for their home and family. In 1965 she began working for Couplamatic in Lyman and worked there until her retirement from Kurt Mfg. in 1998. Throughout her working years, she continued to care for her home and family. Her nurturing will be remembered in many ways, including her beef roasts and her chili. Stories are told of Sunday dinner guests who forgot to leave when they smelled her chili cooking for supper.

Karen loved animals and adopted a succession of dogs throughout her life. She enjoyed doing crafts. Her most prolific hobbies included ceramics and doll making. She gifted many with her artwork. She enjoyed making her many projects, and the camaraderie she shared with her fellow crafters.

Karen is survived by her sons Randy (Georgia) Easton of Sidney and Scott (Diane) Easton of Fort Collins, CO; daughter Vicki (Tim) Dolberg of Lyman; grandsons Tony Dolberg, Nic Easton, Eric Easton and Jason Easton; granddaughter Angie Schmidt; six great grandsons and brother Gary Van Trump of CA.

Her parents, husband Dennis who passed in February of 2013, and grandson Andrew Dolberg preceded her in death.

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