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Karen Sue Williams Jones, 67, died March 29, 2019, in Kingman, Arizona.
She was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and raised in Yamhill, Oregon. She attended Yamhill Grade School and graduated from Yamhill-Carlton High School in 1969. She attended Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University, and earned her degree in health and physical education in 1973.
After graduation, she received a teaching job at South Salem High School, where she taught health and P.E., and coached the Saxonette drill team, volleyball and track. In 1977, she moved to North Salem High School, where she taught health and coached the Vikettes drill team and became department head in health and science. While at North, she developed a course in health occupations for students interested in the medical field. In 1992, she became assistant principal.
She met her husband of 40 years, Charley, at North Salem in 1978 and they married the last day of school in 1979. In 1993, they moved to Ketchikan to continue their teaching experiences until their retirement in 2005. Karen worked at the University of Alaska Southeast before moving to Ketchikan High School, where she taught health and started a pre-med program.
In 2005, they moved to Kingman, where they enjoyed working out at the gym and traveling in their RV with their two dogs.
“Karen will be remembered for her love of her husband and family and the many students she had and how she helped them achieve their goals in life,” her family writes. “She will also be known for her deep compassion and friendship with her high school girlfriends over the many years of girls' weekends and her devotion to doing the right things based on her beliefs.”
Mrs. Jones was preceeded in death by her father, Stanley (Stub) Williams; mother, Fern Williams; and brother, Mike.
She is survived by her husband, Charley; brother, Fred (Jan); and nephews, Fred, Mike and Brett Williams.
Memorial donations may be made to the Karen Williams Jones Memorial Scholarship fund in care of Yamhill-Carlton High School, 275 N. Maple St., Yamhill, OR 97148.