Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Karen Lee Robertson Memorial
Karen Lee Robertson Memorial

Karen Lee Robertson

Karen Lee Robertson

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

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.


  • Don Williams

    prayers are with Ron and the family, Karen will be missed she is the reason Ron and I became friends starting 40 plus yrs ago

  • Larry & Sheila Verrall

    Ron, Tracie and Bryan…We were shocked and saddened to learn of Karen’s passing; her constant positive attitude, compassion and ever present smile will never be forgotten. We will forever be grateful for your family including Erin on many occasions and the long friendship she and Tracie shared. Our hearts and prayers are with you as you go through this trying time; there is no doubt that Karen left a wonderful legacy to you all and those of us who knew her.SL

  • Kathy Smart

    I was so very blessed to have Karen in my life. She was more to me than just a friend, she was my family. Our friendship was a gift from God and even though my very dear friend is gone, my heart holds so many memories of times spent together. I can hear her voice, hear her laughter and see her smiling face and will always throughout my life treasure our friendship. Through her battle with this illness I saw the same strength I saw in her earlier years. She never complained and just thoroughly enjoyed life just as others so enjoyed being around her! My thoughts and prayers are with Ron, Tracie and Bryan and may they find some kind of comfort knowing how much Karen was loved. I love you my friend and am so grateful to have had you in my life.