Good and Faithful Servant
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Karen Linda Deaver, the love of my life. Who, knowing her Lord and Savior, asked me one thing before we were married. “I only ask one thing before we get married. Would you sit in church with me?” I said yes, and that was the start of a Christian marriage that spanned over 50 years. My Karen changed my life. She introduced me to her Savior. And that Savior became the center of our marriage. Jesus Christ changed my life forever. And he gave me someone special. He gave me a young lady full of faith for her Savior. My Karen taught me what it was to commit to the relationship of marriage. She taught me what it was to give all to someone that she loved. To be loyal and trusting, forgiving, giving love without strings. Only one thing, as Karen would say in her many letters to me while I was overseas in the Navy. “Just love me back, is all I ask.” And I did. We married on February 14, 1970, Valentine’s Day, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, California. That date wasn’t planned by us, but God has his ways. On that day of our wedding, Karen turned to me and said, “This is the happiest day of my life!” Our honeymoon was camping in Yosemite. For Karen and me, that was the ultimate. Our six-month anniversary was backpacking into the high Sierras. First year anniversary, back to Yosemite to stay in the Curry Village cabins. Karen and I, loved the mountains, we had everything in common. Oh, how she loved to camp!
Karen was born, Karen Linda Haroldson, to loving parents, Herman and Dorothy Haroldson in Palo Alto, California, on August 1, 1945. Later her sister Christine would be born and that would complete a family, with strong bonds and a love of the mountains, spending many weekends on the Tuolumne River below Groveland, in the Sierras.
Karen treasured the little things in life, nothing grandiose. Holding hands, and a loving smile, meant the world to her. She was all about family, her family. Mom and Daddy and her sister Christine. Then our little Sarah was born, “a treasure from God”, is what Karen would always say. That love of Christ was passed on to our daughter. That love of Jesus would follow our Sarah into a Christ filled marriage with James Rigby, having two beautiful daughters of their own. Jesus Christ being the center of the Rigby family. Karen found much joy in holding her granddaughters, Abigail and Rebekah Rigby. She was so proud of them. Family was all important to Karen. In her heart and in her mind, she kept them safe. But always thanking her Savior, for the blessings of her Ken and her family. I will miss her so, my Karen, my bride, my helpmate, my lover, my soulmate, and my best friend. Thank you, dear Jesus, for placing her in my life and carrying her home to be with you.
Karen is survived by her husband, Ken, our daughter Sarah, and her husband Jim Rigby, their daughters Abigail and Rebekah Rigby, our granddaughters. Karen’s sister Christine and her husband Leo Schlumpf. Also, Ken’s sister Kathleen, Karen’s sister in-law. Christine and Kathleen were Karen’s bridesmaids.