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Karen Sue Hadley June 15, 1938 - April 3, 2019

Karen Sue Kier Hadley died April 3, 2019. She was born June 15, 1938 in Olympia, WA to Frances Croshaw Kier and Bill Kier. She lived several places, most notably The Dalles, Eugene, and Portland, OR, graduating from Franklin High School. Karen’s favorite thing was spending time with her family and found great joy in her grandchildren. She was welcoming, full of love, and much loved. Karen was a teacher’s aide for Portland Public Schools for almost 30 years, pioneering a program to teach students computer skills when computers first became popular. A member of Calvary Presbyterian Church for over 45 years, she enjoyed being a Deacon, bookkeeper, and office assistant as well as visiting parishioners. Karen loved the Portland Trailblazers, spending time at the beach, and is known for her apple pies. She is survived by her daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. Services will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 27, at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 3516 NE 71st Ave, Portland. Donations in Karen’s name can be made to the American Heart Association or Mainspring Portland, a community food, clothing, & resources pantry (mainspringpdx.org).


Service: Memorial
Date: April 27th, 2019
Time: 1:30p.m.
Place: Calvary Presbyterian Church, 3516 NE 71st Ave, Portland


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    Wendy Baltzell says

    I am remembering Karen very fondly. I know she will be greatly missed.

    Love and Best Wishes,


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    Marilyn turner says

    Karen was my closest and oldest dear friend of 77 years. She will be so missed and will leave an empty spot in my life. Karen was the kindest and most caring person I have known. She was always caring about others. I am so grateful to have known her and had her friendship!

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    Bill Bateman says

    I am saddened to hear this news. What a wonderful person! It was a pleasure to work with Karen at Buckman School. Her gentle presence was a blessing to students and staff.

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    Phyllis J Michell says

    Karen was one of the sweetest people I have ever known, always a smile and always only nice things to say. We happily shared a granddaughter. I will miss her presence at our family gatherings. My sincerest condolences to her children and grandchildren. Love and big hugs, Phyllis

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    Joni Laver says

    I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I see Diana occasionally in Molalla. Your family is in my prayers.

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    Maxine Bradfish says

    Karen was a very sweet and caring person. I looked forward to working with her each week. She always had a smile and something positive to share. Karen loved her family, her grandchildren were her joy. I will miss our time together.

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    Sheila M. Robinson says

    May God continue to comfort and guide you during this difficult time; and may the “peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your heart and your mental powers”. Philippians 4:7.

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    Jeri Gentry says

    Karen was my Girl Scout leader and mom to one of my dearest friends. I wish you comfort in your treasured memories.

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    Cathy Weigum says

    Hugs to all of you at your time of loss. My thoughts are with all of you.

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    Dan R. White says

    Karen was a sweet and thoughtful person. I always enjoyed spending time with her. She loved her family and was a devoted grandmother. I will miss seeing her at family events.

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    John Hubbard says

    Karen has been much on my mind . . . when she came to the church office to complete her tasks she brightened my day . . . she also brought cookies and cake! Her work was always timely and accurate. Her departure for the heavenly realm was abrupt and we all know she is now a member of the church triumphant!

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