May 4, 1940 – February 18, 2017
Karen Garber Dickinson passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 18, 2017 in Olympia, Washington. Karen was born in Sheridan, Wyoming on May 4, 1940, to Cecil and Sheila Benson Garber of Big Horn, Wyoming. She attended schools in Big Horn, was active in 4-H, and graduated from Big Horn High School in 1958. She graduated from Sheridan College in 1960 and attended the University of Wyoming. On August 27, 1960 she married Richard L. (Dick) Dickinson in Sheridan. They had two children, Scott of Penryn, California and Andrea Dickinson Cass, of DuPont, Washington. Karen spent her early married life as a Navy wife, living in San Diego, California and Charleston, South Carolina, where son Scott was born. In 1965 the family moved to Laramie, and then to Tempe, Arizona. Daughter Andrea was born in the neighboring city of Mesa. In 1969, following her husband’s completion of post-graduate education, the family moved to Carmichael, California, a suburb of Sacramento. Karen and her husband returned to Sheridan in 2013. Karen spent her early years in the Sacramento raising her children, driving them to their childhood activities, volunteering at the local school, and actively participating in school activities, and the parent-teacher organization. She had a penchant for adopting abandoned animals that Andrea was prone to discover. One of her least favorite activities, on three occasions, was taking Scott to have a broken arm repaired. Karen was a marvelous bridge player and teacher. She also had a passion for color mixing and painting. Her art work and skills produced a large number of landscapes which she liberally gave to her children and friends. Her later years were spent with her husband and friends plying the Sacramento River and San Francisco Bay Area waterways on board the motor yacht, CrossWinds. Boating later gave way to RV life with winters spent along the Colorado River in the Lake Havasu and Parker areas of Arizona. She is survived by her husband Dick, son Scott and daughter-in-law Qiu-Mei; daughter Andrea and husband Greg, and grandchildren Maxwell and Piper; sisters Linda Garber Townsend of Colusa, California and Nicki Garber Stewart of Fairbanks, Alaska; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Karen will be interred in the Elks Cemetery in Sheridan at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Following the cemetery service, Karen’s family invites friends of Karen and the family to a reception at The Barn in Big Horn, 228 Johnson Street, in Big Horn, Wyoming. Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com. Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.