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Johnigan, Karen Eve (Pearson)

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August 21, 1949 - November 16, 2016

Johnigan, Karen Eve (Pearson)

Karen Eve Johnigan died peacefully on November 16, 2016, after waging a brief but intense battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. Karen was born on August 21, 1949.  She graduated Cum Laude from Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas, and later from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Karen travelled as a young woman, living briefly in California and Arizona before settling in Dallas.  After dedicating herself to her microbiology lab for 37 years, Karen retired from Parkland Hospital in 2014.  She enjoyed a vibrant retirement, surrounding herself with family, activities, and dear friendships.

Karen was known as the life of every party. Her energy was seemingly limitless, whether at work, at play, or while exercising her faith.  She was accepting of everyone around her.  Whether they played in bands, performed in plays, or dunked basketballs, she would show up, participate, and cheer for her loved ones.  During this loyal support of others, Karen focused on her own spiritual health.  She attended Christ United Methodist Church for the 30-plus years that she lived in Farmers Branch.

Karen was involved in many groups in the Dallas community and she had a variety of friends that she was close to. She had an extraordinary connection with children, as she was the absolute Queen of Board Games.  She toted her bag of games to every family holiday event.  She played a mean game of Yahtzee, Monopoly, and Checkers, but Dominoes (42) was her absolute favorite.  Karen loved to travel, especially to Alaska where she visited her beloved grandkids.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents, Denton and Evelyn Pearson. She is survived by her sons, Preston Johnigan and Brandon Kell, her daughter-in-law, Whitney Glover, and their two children, Stella and Zoe.  She is also survived by her two sisters, Janis Tarsha and Linda Hutchings, her step-daughters, Monyka and Nikki Johnigan, as well as by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, all of whom she adored and spent time with.

Karen had a beautiful light that will be missed. A memorial will be held at Christ United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 26, at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment at 1:00 p.m. at Laurel Land Memorial Park, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76134.  Friends and family are invited to attend either of these events, and they will be encouraged to share their Karen stories with others.

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November 30, 2016 12:51PM

I just heard about Karen's death. I am so sorry for her family of origin and family of choice. She was very well loved all over this community.
RIP, Karen

Susan Webb

November 25, 2016 10:44PM

Taken too early. Please accept my condolences. I worked many years beside Karen and found her to always be kind and helpful. She was dedicated to her work. She spread good cheer everywhere she went. I will miss her.

Kurt Ehrlich

November 23, 2016 7:31PM

I've known Karen for at least 15 years. We were friends originally through the FAR group. We attended many plays, movies, and political meetings together. Karen was a very kind, generous, fun, energetic, positive, and spirited person. She will be missed by all.

Sue Fry

November 22, 2016 10:47PM

Such a beautiful and sweet spirit, who left way too soon. You will be missed. Thank you, Karen- for your brief but welcoming friendship and your understanding kind words always. I'll always remember you. You made an impact.

Susan Lavigne

November 21, 2016 6:50PM

Karen and I knew each other for awhile but became better friends within the past year. She would always push me to get out more..She was non stop. She always had a very sharp wit. I will miss her.

Mary Roblee

November 21, 2016 1:53PM

Dear family of Karen, I am sorry for your loss so soon.My condolences to you.
I've known Karen for several years. She loved to dance and always stay active. She was so sweet and smart. Karen was an excellent leader and an inspiration because she had a positive attitude and shared laughter. Karen was generous to her friends and meeting new friends. I will miss spending good times with her. Friend from LB

Val Beasley

November 19, 2016 2:19PM

Friend from LB.

I've known Karen for one year, but I'm glad I did. She always had a smile for everyone.

Last year she had a Christmas card exchange themed meeting and brought 100s of cards for each of us to sign and give each other. She said we all deserved to get a card and this way she knew we would.