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Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

Feb. 18, 1954-May 24, 2013

Karen Johnson, 59, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Friday, May 24, 2013, in her home surrounded by family and loved ones, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Karen Jean Nephew was born to Earl and Lucille Nephew on February 18, 1954 in Crookston, Minn. Karen graduated from Twin Valley High School in 1972 and attended AVTI in Thief River Falls, to become a licensed practical nurse. She married Curtis W Johnson on October 5, 1974. They had three daughters.

Karen and Curtis made their home in Detroit Lakes, where Karen worked as a nurse at Dakota Clinic. Through the years, Karen was very involved in women and youth ministries at Faith Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Karen enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and second hand shopping.

Surviving Karen are her husband Curtis; three daughters, Tiffaney (Don) Holm, Kristi (Michael) Moline and Karissa (Mike) Fish; 10 grandchildren, Isaiah, Simon, Zion, Adah and Zebadiah Holm, Beckham and Elyn Moline, Lucas, Nathaniel and Andrew Fish; sister, Leann McGowan; brother, Duane (Gayle) Nephew; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Prededing Karen in death were her parents, brother-in law Mike McGowan, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29 at Faith Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes.

Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Faith Lutheran Church.

West-Kjos Funeral Home is providing arrangements.

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