Karen Louise Stevenson 1938 – 2018

Our beloved Sister, Mother, Grandmother and friend, Karen Louise Stevenson, went on to her heavenly home with Jesus on the morning of February 1, 2018. She fought the good fight…and she won!

Karen was born April 30, 1938, in North Bend, Oregon, to Ross and Bessie (Cornell) Wells. She grew up in Western North Dakota, McKenzie County. Growing up Karen loved to cook, ride horses and do just about anything else that was asked of her. Ever the spitfire, even then, she was always ready to take on a dare and was never afraid of trying something new! Her adventurous spirit often found her in trouble as a child.

Karen married James (Steve) Stevenson, on March 31, 1951, in Miles City, Montana. It was a hard life, but Karen and Jim always made the best of things. During this time, the family traveled from Big Timber, to the Missouri Breaks, as well as the Mandan Indian Reservation at Fort Berthold. Karen gave birth to four children and raised three to adulthood. She worked on the ranch, and raised her kids as well as taking care of other family members and children in the community. Karen’s family was her whole life, everything centered on her children, and her and Jim’s sisters and brothers. Following the death of their youngest son, Wade, Karen and Jim moved to Deer Lodge Montana, in April 1960.

In June 1967, the family moved to Wisdom, MT, where they went to work for the McDowell Family Ranch. Karen loved the Big Hole. She worked hard for her family and for the community.

In her later years, Karen traveled to Hawaii and also spent some time working in Battle Mountain, NV. She made lifetime friends wherever she traveled.

Karen was most loved for her sassy sense of humor, as well as the mischievous twinkle in her beautiful blue eyes. She told it like it was, whether you liked it or not, but always threw in how much she loved you and hoped you had a good day whatever you were doing. She never knew a stranger; she loved wholeheartedly, looked for the good in everyone and usually found it! She was a true jack of all trades; she cooked and cleaned houses, worked for the Forest Service planting trees, she worked as a waitress, as well as in Reflexology in her spare time.

Karen was a devout believer in Jesus Christ; he was her anchor and her stronghold. Putting it simply, she loved the Lord, and was not afraid to tell you. Her motto in life was: “If Jesus is holding my hand, I can get through anything in this life.” She told the doctors this very thing when informed about her cancer.

Karen was preceded in death by: her mother and father, Ross and Bessie (Cornell) Wells; her brother, Larry Wells; her two sons, Wade Lee Stevenson and Leslie James Stevenson; and her beloved grandson Jason (Jake) Neil Stevenson.

She is survived by: the father of her children, James (Steve) Harold Stevenson, of Wisdom, MT; her daughter, Donna (Mike) Campbell, of Battle Mountain, NV; her son, Danny Ross Stevenson (Serena Towery), of Wisdom, MT; daughter Paula (Buzz) Kirkpatrick, of Jackson, MT; her sisters, Sandra (Brad) Ford, of Deer Lodge, MT, and Linda (Pat) Clark, of Dillon, MT; and brother James Roger Wells, of Deer Lodge, MT. She is also survived by her grandchildren—Dusty (Aaron) Gilbert, of Battle Mountain, NV; Chancy (Sheila) Campbell, of Wisdom, MT; Tharon Campbell (Stacey Scott), of Jackpot, NV; Lacey Stevenson, of Billings, MT; James “Jimmer” (Lori) Stevenson, of Wisdom, MT; Lani (Eric) Leonard, of Winslow, AZ; Jennifer (Rusty) Kallem, of Billings, MT; Sarah (Dan) Reinhold, of Pocatello, ID; Megan (Robert) Blake, of Dillon, MT; and Holly (Spencer) Sorensen, of Belgrade, MT—and by 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Deer Lodge MT Celebration of Life for Karen will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018, at the Deer Lodge Assembly Church, 601 Fifth Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722, at 1 p.m. (406-846-1056). A light luncheon will follow.

Wisdom MT Celebration of Life for Karen will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Community Center in Wisdom, at 1 p.m. A potluck lunch will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (Stjude.org) or another charity of your choice.