Karen Demaray Sample

Karen Demaray Sample

Monday, April 6th, 1953 - Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
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Karen Sample, 66, passed away peacefully in her home in Oak Harbor, Washington. Karen was born April 6, to Joan & Wilbur Sample in Waltham, Massachusetts.
The middle child in a three girl family, Karen graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1970. Married and divorced, she gave birth to three children and decided to choose adoption.

In 1979, Karen moved from Portland, Oregon to Oak Harbor, Washington. In Oak Harbor, she worked in a nursery, enjoying the opportunities to be outside tending to plants. Later she worked evenings at the commissary on the Navy base in Oak Harbor for over 25 years. At the commissary, she is fondly remembered and will be missed.

Karen walked the beaches in all kinds of weather—loving the fresh air and wind in her face, especially with the freedom it provided her. She loved her coffee in the morning and chocolate candies. She often gave the “Whatchamacallit” chocolate bar as gifts. Easy to please, Karen enjoyed with gusto the little things that life offers us. She did an amazing job throughout her life giving so much love to others. She would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need.

She was preceded in death by her mother & father, Joan Demaray Sample and Wilbur Harry Sample as well as step-mother JoAnn Cox Sample. Bill and JoAnn Sample owned and operated the Oak Harbor Roller Barn for ten years. She is survived by sisters Denise Demaray (Willam Tainter) and Wendy Sample and four nephews.

In Karen's Honor donations can be made through July 10th to Namiwalks:
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wendy sample

Posted at 09:53pm
We enjoyed a lovely tribute to Karen May 29 with Cheryl Vick and Wendy walking in honor of Karen and NAMI. Saturday May30, Linda Laviolette and Wendy toasted Karen and told stories as the weather in Portland was stormy and wet. Sunday May 31, our high school group went on a 4-mile NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness) walk in Portland from John’s Landing to the Tilikum Bridge, across and back in memory and honoring Karen. Walkers included: Wendy Sample, Maggie Ewing Palmblad, Lisa Knox, Barb and Kelley Marold, Dana Underdahl, Jan Koenig , and Carole and Flynn Dog Breck. Maggie made Pins with Karen and Wendy’s picture, and Barb Bailey Marold made masks with “forget-me-nots” for everyone to wear. A marvelous time shared!

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Cheryl Fairfax

Posted at 11:44am
With all my love thinking of you.
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wendy sample Posted at 06:37pm

Thank you Cheryl. What a lovely ever lasting gift. In gratitude. Wendy

Tena Hunt

Posted at 02:54pm
Karen was so sweet when I would pick her up. You look nice today. Sorry I kept you waiting. Me your fine I'm in no hurry. I miss her smile. I miss her she was a happy person.

wendy sample Posted at 03:03pm

Thank you Tena. You were a great friend to Karen! Thank you for all you did for her. xox

wendy sample

Posted at 09:51am
Good to remember all our good times shared.

Nathan Tainter

Posted at 09:38pm
Karen was my aunt... my mother’s sister. I will always remember her smiling and sharing kind words with me. May she Rest In Peace.

wendy sample Posted at 01:33am


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