Karen Aileen Davis Stevenson
Karen Aileen Davis Stevenson - the courageous, determined woman, devoted spouse, and selfless mom and grandma - passed away on November 3, 2022, at the age of 75.
Born to a father who was a career Army officer, Karen had the formative and enlightening experience of living on posts throughout the United States, Panama, and Germany; traveling the world with her parents and younger sister until her early 20s. Having returned to her familial roots in Mason City, Iowa, to obtain her associate degree in legal assistance, Karen listened to her heart as she uprooted and independently relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1976 after visiting for a work conference and falling in love with Oregon's greenery (and the notion of escaping Midwest winters).
In 1982, Karen met the love of her life and best friend, Tim, through a mutual friend. Within three months - surrounded by family, dear friends, and a bagpiper - they married in the Portland Rose Garden. Soon after, Karen and Tim created their family, welcoming Scott in 1983, and Katie in 1985.
Karen raised her children and lived the rest of her life in her beloved home and sanctuary-of-a-backyard in Lake Oswego. She was lauded as a paralegal, was a selflessly devoted mom, and successfully instilled the values of purpose, grit, and curiosity in her children, along with an avid appreciation for family, card/board games, and the great outdoors.
After the kids flew the coop, Karen enjoyed immensely her adventures with Tim - from their monthly escapades visiting their Seaside condo to gallivanting on cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, and Latin and South America. She cherished the experience of becoming grandma and spoiling her grandbabies. In September, Karen and Tim celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, commemorating the occasion over one of their favorite pastimes - cooking a homemade meal together.
Karen was preceded in death by her father, Robert Eugene Davis, and her mother, Jean Lucille (Harris) Davis. She is survived by her husband, Timothy Edward Stevenson; her children, Scott Stevenson (San Francisco, CA), Kathryn Stevenson, and son-in-law Cameron Jacques (Lawrence, KS); her grandchildren Josephine and Mae Jacques (Lawrence, KS); her sister Cheryl Omundson, and brother-in-law Mike Omundson (Altoona, Iowa); nephews, niece, and great-nephews and niece; and her fur baby (dog) Lela.
Karen was loved deeply and will live on in our hearts.
A celebration of life was held to commemorate her life on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm, at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association www.heart.org/.