Sept. 6, 1952 — April 13, 2020

Karen Marie Lincoln, 68, passed away with her family by her side on April 13, 2020, at her home in Clatskanie.

She was born Sept. 6, 1952, to Richard and Josephine (Scallisi) Bjornethun in Madison, Wisconsin.

In 1970, Karen married Jim Lincoln, moved to San Diego, California, and in 1973 they had a daughter, Anna. In 1990, they moved to Oregon.

Karen always loved animals, so when Clatsop Community College offered a grooming class she registered, graduated and did so well the teacher, who was the owner of Bay Breeze Boarding & Grooming in Warrenton, Oregon, offered her a job. She loved working there for 14 years before she retired. Two months later, she decided she was not ready to retire, so she started her own mobile grooming business, The Dog Wash Waggin’.

After five successful years, they built a house in River Ranch, where Karen was planning on retiring, but she never got the chance; she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She bravely fought with all she had, never losing her faith in Jesus, her sense of humor or her sweet personality.

Karen touched the lives of so many with her unconditional love, generosity and kindness. She was happiest when she was cooking spaghetti and meatballs for a houseful of family and friends. Nobody ever left hungry. Karen was an amazing mother, wife, sister, friend and dog groomer who will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Lincoln, of Clatskanie; her daughter, Anna (Jason) Mathews, of Astoria; her sisters, Julie, Vicky, Cathy and Terri; her brother, David; and many nieces and nephews. Karen was preceded in death by her father, Richard Bjornethun; mother, Josephine Edison; and siblings Richard and Susan.

If desired, contributions in Karen’s name may be made to Clatsop County Animal Shelter, and condolences can be left on The Dog Wash Waggin’ Facebook page.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to current circumstances.

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Dear Karen , this is from our dear friend Debbie Coffman , she tried to sign in to sign your guest book and planted a tree in your honor , you will be missed dearly and loved always in Debbie's heart . Our high school days ..


My Sweet Beautiful Sister Karen , This just doesn't seem real , We were very close always knew what the other was thinking before we even said anything, She was My little shadow growing up all our life ,and yet I looked to her for advice on everything, so hard not being able to talk to her everyday, She was the bravest woman I know to go through what she did and keep a smile on her beautiful face and thank everyone for caring for her .Her beautiful daughter Anna,the pain in her heart and eyes gave me strength to be there for her and her Dad ,Jimmy who is a lost soul ,and my sister Cathy ,to get through each day . She always thought of others ,That was Karen ,we cried, laughed together . 'To know her was to love her " Always in my thoughts and heart . I was blessed to have had the time I had with her .

Anna Mathews

The day we lost my mom was the worst day of my life. I lost my best friend and nothing will ever fill this hole in my heart. She made this world better. She told me when she was in the hospital that i was her strength and somehow i was able to hold it together and be strong for her until her final breath and that was when i lost it. I am so thankful for the time i had with her, we were very close my whole life. When we found out she had cancer I had faith that we could get her the treatment she needed to beat it but it was one thing after another that kept stopping her. Each time we were afraid she wouldnt make it and then she would get through it and this happened at least 5 times and she never gave up. In the end, we prayed for a miracle but deep down i knew we had been given a miracle already. We had those 3 months to tell her how much we loved her, to talk to her about what she wanted, to just sit with her and hold her hand and see her smile. I know we could have lost her before we even knew she was sick and we would have been completely devastated, so caught off guard, so many words left unsaid, so many regrets and whys and what ifs. We are still totally devastated and lost without her but at least we had more time to say the things we needed to say and we were by her side at home where she wanted to be. My heart breaks for my dad because i know how i feel and i know its so much harder for him to lose his wife of 50 years. I am so thankful for Julie and Cathy, without them my dad and i would not have been able to bring my mom home where she wanted to be. I will always feel at peace in my heart knowing we cared for her with so much love and tenderness and made her final days as good as they could possibly be. Rest in peace mom, im so sorry we couldnt save you. I love and miss you so much. I was truely blessed to have you as my mom and my best friend. Thank you for being there for me anytime i needed you and inspiring me to become the woman i am today.❤❤❤❤❤❤

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