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Karen Underwood

September 25, 1953April 7, 2021
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Karen Ostrander Underwood passed away after a month-long battle with brain cancer on April 7, 2021 at EvergreenHealth Hospice Care in Kirkland, WA at the age of 67.

Karen was born September 25, 1953 in Milwaukee, WI to Harriet and James Ostrander. The Ostrander’s moved a lot when Karen was young due to her father’s career in the meat packing industry with Swift & Co. Stops included Park Forest, In to New Milford, PA to Citrus heights, CA and then to Yakima, WA where Karen would graduate from Eisenhower High School in 1971. After high school, she went to college at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and graduated in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

After college, Karen was a technical writer for a manufacturing firm in downtown Seattle. She later moved to Allstate Insurance Company as a supervisor in operations. After a few years she began her career in customer service management beginning with Blue Cross of Washington managing the Washington Education Authority healthcare account. She then moved to Regence Blue Shield where she managed the Boeing healthcare account until her retirement in 2005. Karen met her husband, David, in 1985 and they wed in 1987. Their family started in Brier Washington with the birth of their first born Trenton in 1988. They moved to Redmond, Washington in 1990 where sons Collin (1991) and Kolton (1994) were born.

Karen enjoyed collecting many things, from paintings by her favorite artist including Teresa Saia and Renato Muccillo to Fitz and Floyd china and many Disney character figurines over the years. She loved her vacations with the family and gardening in the yard on warm summer days. She loved animals, especially her Irish setter dogs. Karen was a free spirit at heart and always lived her life as if every day was a gift. Karen is survived by her husband David Underwood, her three children, Trenton, Collin and Kolton, brother Jim and wife Connie Ostrander, nieces, nephews and many other family members from Seattle to St. Louis.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Viewing and Visitation

    Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service Webcast

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

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Vickie Olson ( Showman)

May 8, 2021

The 1970’s in Yakima WA. saw Karen and myself together constantly. We were great friends from going to parties, dragging the avenue on Friday and Saturday nights, and figuring out how to avoid getting into trouble.
I am so very saddened to have just learned of her passing. ☹️. You were a wonderful friend and we shared such fun and happy times.
Love you my friend ❤️❤️❤️❤️

R F

April 30, 2021

Please accept my deepest sympathy for you loss

Teanna Kordel

April 24, 2021

Dear Karen,
It was a beautiful service in your honor today. You would be so proud of your boys, looking so handsome and doing their best even though they were hurting and miss you so much. Anne Jenny did a wonderful job of comforting all of us, giving us time and space to reflect, weep and laugh, and best of all sharing special letters from your boys and David, sharing memories and other wonderful details about you and your life. You would also have loved your favorite music, your precious moments captured in photos, and the gorgeous flowers all around you.

I really enjoyed our brief time together at your bedside, when I could sing a few songs to you. I didn't know that you had the gift of singing until today, which made that time even more precious to me. I wish you would have told us and shared your gift. It would have been fun to sing together.

I thought of you and your love of gardening often this past week while I was working in my garden. As your neighbor in Abbey Rd, it used to give me great joy to hear you and your Mom laughing and giggling in the garden while I was also tending to my side of the fence. Such sweet sounds and great love you both shared!

Jan has reminded me, one time we had a party at our house and you brought a bottle of sparkling rose, which was so like you - "pink and bubbly". So here's to you and your beautiful life, dear neighbor and friend. Your presence is still felt in the neighborhood, and your spirit lives through your beautiful boys. May you sing your heart out in heaven and continue to giggle with your Mom.

Peace and love always,

Teanna Kordel

Robyn Jumawan

April 24, 2021

I will never forget all our fun times over our lifetime..... you were my inspiration to major in journalism, to write, to live and laugh and to own an Irish Setter! I cherish our last visit to Pike's Marketplace, just walking around and talking...the fish...the pig...the flowers and collectors shop....losing my shoe....dinner with the boys....you guys finding my shoe stuck on the windshield...and you and David sacrificing to fly over to help Eiichi and Josh and I when I was so sick. I love you and miss you so much already. Heaven has gained another angel. Say hi to everyone in heaven and I look forward to seeing you all again one day and getting one of your wonderful Karen hugs. Aloha cuz! <3

Lesley DeRoche

April 24, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I know Karen had many plans for the future that have gone unfulfilled and will be missed by so many. I hope your memories of the special times, everyday times and and everything that was uniquely Karen will help ease the transition. I will always remember how proud she was of her boys and her fur babies.

peter Engquist

April 23, 2021

Karen...You left us so quickly...Long before there things to check off...You would have been a GREAT grandmother...I know this... You were such a great 2nd mother to our son Parker while he was growing up! No Tortise had as good a mother...Your puppies did not get to grow old with you..so sad...We were blessed that you spent perhaps your longest residential tenure with us in Abbey Road for over 20 years...Block parties are so different now without you. I'll never forget you making the restaurant take back your lobster and bring you another! You could make a restaurant menu sing like a Tolstoy novel. Too soon, much too soon..Somehow I think you couldn't stand being without your beloved mother Harriet any longer...Our loss

Joyce Tsao

April 23, 2021

I was at the dog park the other day and had happy thoughts of you playing w/ Shane & Killian. You have touched so many people around you. Your spirit will continue to live on in all of us!

Wendy Engquist

April 18, 2021

I've started this 3 times. I'm so sorry we have all lost you. I will do the lunch, we were suppose to do, in your memory and toast your full life.

Shelley Hughes

April 18, 2021

Karen’s smile and laughter could brighten anyone’s day. Whether you were on the phone or talking to her in person she always made you feel like a better person a happier person. Karen‘s passing leaves a hole in many peoples hearts but we are all the better for knowing her. I will miss the nights we used to have of laughter, stories and wine. May you fly with the Angels Karen 😇

Telly Doak

April 14, 2021

Praying for your eternal rest and peace, Karen. You will be greatly missed. I truly enjoyed our friendship, and lunches together at Regence Blue Shield for many years. Will miss your beautiful smiles.⚘
Praying that your family will be blessed with peace and comfort during this difficult times. 🙏

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