Karen E. Thompson, 65, a resident of the Jewell community, died Tuesday morning, April 22, 2014, at the Providence St. Vincents Medical Center in Portland. Private cremation rites will be held at Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove.
She was born on Sept. 19, 1948, in Medford, Ore., the daughter of the late William Luther Cardin and Betty Louise (Moore) Dahack. She was raised and received her education in the Medford community, having been a graduate with the Medford High School Class of 1966.
Following her graduation, she attended Chemeketa Community College, where she received her associate of arts degree in business.
She was united in marriage to Arnold LeRoy Thompson on June 25, 1977, in Aloha, Ore. Following their marriage, they made their home in the communities of Hillsboro and Jewell, Ore.
Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, on Oct. 14, 2006 after celebrating over 29 years of marriage together.
She was a homemaker, having stayed home to raise her children. She was a great mother.
Among her special interests, Karen enjoyed gardening. In her early 20s she was a stock-car driver, also in the late 1960s, early 1970s and late 1980s. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She is also preceded in death by her parents, William Luther Cardin and Betty Louise Dahack.
Survivors include her five children, Leonard Thompson, Loren Thompson, Tony Thompson, and Kurtis Thompson, all of Jewel, Ore., and Katrina Hopkins, of Wheatland, Calif.; and her stepbrother, Bruce Cardin, of Tillamook, Ore. Also surviving are her 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions in her memory to the ASPCA or a local humane society.
Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Beaverton is in charge of the arrangements, 503-641-9060.