Karen and her husband Robert were residing in Birch Bay. They loved walking the beach, having wine with their neighbors and friends, along with fun family get togthers. They traveled in their motorhome and spent winters in their California home in La Quinta. They loved life and each-other dearly.
Karen was born October 10, 1948 in Missoula. Her parents were Vivian Martha Curran (Helgeson) and Harvey Earl Curran. Karen has two older brothers, Harvey Curran (Hilda) and Roger Curran (Carolyn). Nieces and nephews; Deedee, Joelle, Clint, Nicky, and Glenn. Also, Karen had great nieces and nephews. Karen and her brothers grew up on a farm with over 200+ acres in Thompson Falls. Karen graduated High School in Thompson Falls in 1967. Karen graduated Circle Beauty College in California 1968. She met Art Bounds in California and was married in 1968. They have two children Mike “Michael” Bounds, and Sandy “Daughter” Salz. Karen worked at Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington, Wash. in the 70’s. She later had a beauty shop “Classic Cut” with her friend Belinda Galde in Arlington in the 80’s. She eventually went back to Cascade Valley Hospital and was a Staffing Coordinator and then on the Re-Design Team in the 90’s-2000’s. She later, worke d and retired as a Hospice Nurse at St. Joseph in Bellingham, Wash. She retired in 2013.
Karen re-married to Robert (Bob) Vaden back in 1986. Bob has two sons, Trevor and Spencer Vaden. Together, Karen and Robert enjoyed spending time with all of their four children and their spouses; Mike, Sandy (Casey), Trevor (Kristen), Spencer (Molly) and all of their grand children, Rachel (Dan), Stephen, Sara, Brittney (Brandon), Courtney, Meaghan, Levi, Jewel, Maveric, Ayden, Ruby, and Wesley.
Karen was loved by all. She had a big heart, was nuturing, kind, giving, thoughtful, a loving and beautiful person taken way too soon. Karen will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
Thank you to all for your love and support. Thanks to the Emergency Responders, the multiple hikers helping with her and also hikers searching for her belongings down the hill, and capturing her last moments with the photos/video on Sauk Mountain that day.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Karen’s name to:
https://www.nationalparks.org or mra.org (Washington Region Mountain Rescue Association),
The family will have a private “Celebration Of Life” for Karen in the upcoming weeks.
We hold you in our hearts, will love you always and will cherish the memories forever.