She was born June 16, 1945 in Patuxent River, Md. to Kenneth F. and Frances J. (Johnson) Sperry. Karen spent her childhood years in Norfolk, Virginia where her dad was stationed in the Navy. In 1959, the family returned to the Cambridge-Isanti area and Karen graduated from Cambridge High School in 1963 and shortly after was married to Kenneth G. West. They were blessed with three children.
Karen was an active member of the Cambridge United Methodist Church and served as President of Aglow in Isanti. She worked as a nurse at Grandview Christian Home, providing care and companionship for its residents for over 16 years.
She lived her life to the fullest, a dedicated mother, a loving grandmother, wonderful sister, aunt and friend to many. Karen loved to entertain, play cards and games, fish, camp, and enjoy the sunshine. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor, warm heart, and for all the wonderful memories. She will be missed by many.
She is survived by her three children Troy and wife Kristen West of Lake Elmo, Thomas and wife Tami West of Ramsey, Laura Leet of Isanti, three grandchildren Hunter, Carter and Sydney West, mother Frances Sperry of Cambridge, sister Donna and husband Ron Anderson of Cambridge, former husband Kenny (Barb) West of Spicer, as well as other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Cambridge United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Eslinger officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Gwen Anderson, accompanied by Dorcie Larson, will sing “On Eagle’s Wings” and “In The Garden.” Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter, Carter and Sydney West. Memorials will donated to Allina Hospice in appreciation for their genuine love, care and guidance. We will be forever grateful. Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.