Karen Diana Strawn

Karen Diana Strawn

Karen Diana Strawn, 77, of Gold Beach Oregon, passed away unexpectedly at home of natural causes on Oct. 16, 2021 with her husband, Darrell, and good friend, Ramone Lara by her side.

She was born Dec. 29, 1943 to deaf parents, Stephen and Ida May Huitt.  She was a member of C.O.D.A. ( Children of Deaf Adults) and attended many conventions with her brother and best friend, Dana Huitt. She would sign the hymns at church like her Mother and sisters used to do and it was beautiful to see.

Karen had many interests and loved to cook, camp, fish, quilt and travel. Genealogy research was also a passion and she was able to pursue this with a once in a lifetime trip to Ireland and Germany with brother Dana.

Family and friends were close to her heart and she loved playing card games, dominoes, and cribbage. Quiddler was a favorite word game and she frequently schooled her opponents!

She loved her western shows and knew every episode of Laramie and Cheyenne by heart. Karen loved a good adventure and was pleased when she found a trinket or treasure to add to her many collections.

Karen and Darrell were blessed with 12 great years together and enjoyed many gatherings with both families around the table as well as at Lobster Creek Camp.

Mammo, as she was known by those closest to her, is survived by her husband Darrell Strawn, brother Dana Huitt, of Las Vegas, Daughter, Shannon Donaca of Gold Beach, son, Scott Donaca of Gold Beach, Step daughter, Julie Briles of Anchorage AK, Granddaughters, Kayla Griffey of Coos Bay and Whitney Donaca of Gold Beach, Step grand children, Cole Strawn of Springfield OR, Justin Briles and Juliet Briles of Anchorage AK, and one Great grandson, Korbin Griffey.

Karen was preceded in death by her Parents, first husband, Clarence Donaca, twin sisters Patricia Ingersoll and Priscilla Gray, and step son, Chad Strawn.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to C.O.D.A, or Gold Beach Senior Center. Karen's celebration of life will be Nov. 6, 2021 at 1 PM at Calvary Chapel in Gold Beach. Reception following and all are welcome!

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