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August 24, 1936 to January 19, 2021 - Karen Margaret McGillivray, 84, passed peacefully away at her home

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Karen Margaret McGillivray
Karen Margaret McGillivray, 84, passed peacefully away at her home in Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon, on January 19, 2021.

Born at home on August 24, 1936, in Richland, Oregon, to parents Catharina D. (Sass) McGillivray and Kenneth M. McGillivray, Karen was raised in McMinnville and graduated cum laude with education degrees from Eastern Oregon College and Pacific School of Religion.

Karen lived her life in service to others, through her work with the Methodist Church and beyond. She was a dedicated elementary school teacher in the Salem-Keizer School District for more than three decades.

Whip-smart, witty and clever, Karen spent her retirement exploring the world and sharing her love of puns, puzzles and brainteasers with her family and friends. She treasured her role as honorary grandparent to her great-niece Amara and great-nephews Ryan, Boon and Hero. Her Scottie dogs, Duncan, Robbie, and Rumble brought her great joy and companionship.

Karen is survived by her brother Kevin (Sandy) of Beaverton, brother Pete (Nancy) of Springfield, niece Allison, and nephews Scott, Todd, Mike, Steve, and Randy.

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