Karen Elaine Race, 62, died on July 13, 2020, in Kenmore, WA.

The Graveside service to celebrate Karen’s life will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Ekelund Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Goodridge, MN with Rev. Kristin Ostercamp officiating. Please bring your lawn chair and umbrella.

She was born on February 1, 1958, in Thief River Falls, MN, to Ernest and Junes (Sunsdahl) Race.  She grew up on the family farm in Goodridge Township, near Goodridge, MN, and graduated from Goodridge High School. Karen went on to get her registered nurse degree from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fargo, ND.

She started her nursing career working at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fargo, ND, and eventually moved to Seattle, WA, in the 1980s where she worked at Harborview Medical Center in the Cardiac Care Unit and finished her career working for the Transfer Center and Community Care Line.  She was a very well respected member of the team, a mentor and resource to many because of her nursing expertise.  She enjoyed her work and had fun doing it, being the instigator of many pranks throughout the years.  We will miss hearing her boisterous laugh.

Karen was kind to all and generous to those who needed help and supported many causes. Friends and relatives were often the beneficiaries of her sewing and craft talents.

Karen loved music and taught herself to play the dulcimer.  She enjoyed playing with a small group of friends.

Family was important to Karen and she loved taking pictures to commemorate all special events and just everyday living.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her brothers David Race and Tom (Lori) Race, both of Goodridge, MN; sister Cheryl Presler (Dwayne), West Fargo, ND; nephews Jonathan Presler (Christy), St. Louis, MO; Collin Race, Goodridge, MN; niece Madilyn Race, Goodridge, MN;  great niece Zoe Presler, St. Louis, MO; special friends Carol and Dan Boyt, Kent, WA, and honorary nephew and niece Jonathan Boyt and Kristen Boyt, Kent, WA.

Memorials may be sent to Ekelund Lutheran Church, Goodridge, MN.

 

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