Karen Lee Robertson, 65 a Bayview community resident, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham due to an acute illness and an 8 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Karen was born June 8, 1952 in Emporia, Kansas to Gil and Lavone Nuessen. She moved to Burlington as a young child. She graduated from Burlington-Edison High School with the class of 1970.
In March of 1971 she married her high school sweetheart, Ron. Constantly together, they shared interests in sprint car racing, boating and fishing. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, rarely missing their sporting events. She also enjoyed shopping trips and fashion. She was known for her ability to decorate her home like an interior decorator. She loved Christmas time and had gorgeous Christmas trees which will always be a treasured memory of her to her children.
She loved spending time with family and friends at Lake McMurray and the family cabin at Lake Roosevelt.
Karen was employed in the retail and banking industries. She was a people person who was known for her outgoing personality, ability to make friends, and had a good sense of humor. Everyone lived Karen’s wit and she could make anyone laugh.
She was a member of the Skagit Hardtop Racing Auxiliary, Puget Sound Anglers and she volunteered decorating trees for the Festival of Trees.
Karen is survived by her husband Ron of Bayview; daughter, Tracie Caulkett (Troy); son, Bryan Robertson and special friend Lena Schlamp; grandchildren, Koby & Kayza Robertson and Luke and Max Caulkett; siblings, Linda Lowe (Mike), Gary Nuessen, Joyce Curry (Ron), Dan Nuessen, Dale Nuessen, and Rick Nuessen (Kelli); brother-in-law, Reg Robertson (Terri); numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins and special friends, Delores Holtcamp and Kathy Smart. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janice Gooch; granddaughter, Raquel Caulkett and nephews, Erik Robertson and Eric Martin.
The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Whatcom Hospice House and St. Joseph Hospital for their compassionate care. Memorials in honor of Karen are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.
A Celebration of Life potluck will be held on Saturday August 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm at 22560 Hull Road North at Lake McMurray. Private family inurnment will be at Greenhills Cemetery in Burlington. Services and cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Karen and sign the online guest register.