Karen Arlene (Nelson) Applegate

Born: Tue., Jan. 23, 1940
Died: Tue., Jun. 13, 2017


Memorial Service

10:30 AM Sat., Jun. 17, 2017
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop


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Karen Nelson Applegate passed away peacefully at her home in Pendleton, Oregon on June 13th, 2017 at the age of 77.

Karen is lovingly remembered by her husband of 57 years, Larry S. Applegate; Son, Shaner Applegate with Sheri Towers; Daughter, Kristen Hamilton with Son-In-Law, Richard Hamilton; Grand Children, Huntyr and Danner Hamilton; Brothers, Clarke A. Nelson and David H. Nelson; Care Giver, Angela Boston; along with 10 nieces and nephews. Karen is preceded in death by her father David Carl Nelson and mother Della Oien Nelson.

Karen was born in Pendleton, Oregon on January 23rd, 1940.  She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1958 and continued her education at the University of Colorado and the University of Madrid in Spain where she earned a Master’s Degree in Education. Karen worked as a teacher at Pendleton High School until her children were born. She enjoyed golf, gardening, music, and oil painting.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  

A memorial service will be held at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop at 10:30am on Saturday June 17th.

Flowers and condolences may be sent to Pendleton Pioneer Chapel Folsom-Bishop, 131 SE Byers Avenue, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. Donations and contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) in memory of Karen Applegate would also be greatly appreciated.

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Brigit Farley
   Posted Wed June 14, 2017
Dear Applegates, I am so sorry for your loss. My parents thought highly of Karen. My Dad helped supervise her student teaching and then taught with her on the PHS faculty for many years. He always remarked upon how smart and capable she was, just an outstanding English teacher. My mother knew Karen as a student and later as a friend and fellow golfer. Karen touched many lives and will be remembered fondly. Rest in peace.

Diane B Davis
   Posted Wed June 14, 2017
A gentle, but tough as steel woman who made a deep impact on my life. Although we lived miles and miles apart and didn't see each other often in our later years, my heart has always been with her and her husband Larry. For some reason, I think of her steadfast dedication to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch during our grade school years.I can see her at the swimming pool in high school in her white bathing suit. I loved her giggle. May she rest in peace.

Barb Hodgen Palmer
   Posted Thu June 15, 2017
Larry....I am thinking of you at this time of sorrow! May you be blessed with lots of hugs and special memories. I am so sorry for your loss! Love, Barb Hodgen Palmere

Majken Bauer Hynd
   Posted Thu June 15, 2017
Karen and I were good chums in grade school. Shared birthday parties, weekends at the Nelson ranch, and many other nice memories are now floating through my head. My thoughts and prayers are with Larry and family.

John Cimmiyotti
   Posted Thu June 15, 2017
She was a lovely lady and will be missed. Love and prayers to all the family.

Gary Farwell
   Posted Thu June 15, 2017
My condolences to the Applegate and Nelson families, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember Karen as a kind, caring and gracious lady.
A bell rang, and an Angel got her wings. She will be sorely missed at any Class of 58 functions.
May Peace be with you always.

Jo Thompson
   Posted Fri June 16, 2017
Sorry for your loss. Karen was a great teacher. I had her for Spanish in 1963. She was great. She will be missed.

Stephane Stratton
   Posted Fri June 16, 2017
I have such very fond memories of Karen & Larry Applegate for being Pendleton High Schools absolutely gorgeous "dreamy" admired young married couple sharing teaching professions together at Pendleton High I had Karen as an English teacher in 1970 or 71. She made a very positive impact in my life & education. She was such a naturally pretty, soft spoken, gracious young teacher. I looked up to her as a teacher, a sweet kind person, and such a pretty and classy lady. I am sorry to learn of her passing. I have your family in my prayers. My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy.
God bless your family.

Stephane Stratton

Garry Adams
   Posted Sat June 17, 2017
Mrs Applegate was the best. I drove her crazy and she introduced me to the classics. Her smile would cause Angels to sing. RIP with love and honor.

Jim Warberg
   Posted Mon June 19, 2017
Larry, very sorry to hear of Karen's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kind Regards, Jim Warberg & family.

Patti (Rew) Yacker
   Posted Mon June 19, 2017
Nelson/Applegate Family,
David and Larry and your families, I send my love and compassion to you during this time of grieving the loss of such a beautiful woman who blessed all of us. Every memory I have of Karen is filled with kindness and caring about others. She made everyone around her feel loved and she did it with such humility. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

With love, Patti (Rew) Yacker

Christine Henson Woodard
   Posted Tue June 20, 2017
To Larry and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and wanted to extend my deepest sympathy to you all. Karen was my English teacher at Pendleton High School, and I remember her with such fondness. She was a kind and inspiring teacher, something I needed at that time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. Love, Chris Henson Woodard

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