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Earthman Funeral Directors

8303 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Karen Anne Yager

July 2, 1974July 27, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Karen Anne Yager from a car accident on July 27, 2020. Karen was born on July 2, 1974 in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Yager Jr.. Karen was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

Karen attended grade school at St. Michael Catholic School where she received the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. She graduated from Episcopal High School and then went on to graduate from Texas State University as a member of the class of 1997.

Karen was a gifted and avid painter whose colorful paintings decorate the walls of each of her family members’ houses. After college, Karen built a career in marketing and graphical design but always continued her love for painting. What she loved most was sharing the joy of art with her nieces and nephews who always looked forward to their crafts together. Karen also shared that love with other children as a certified art and ESL teacher in Houston. In addition to teaching, she gave back by volunteering to assist at the Clarity Center, helping men and women grow in communication skills, self-awareness and self-expression.

She is survived by her parents, Sam and Mary Yager, sisters- Holly Carter & husband Don, and Nancy Barry & husband John, brothers- Sam Yager III & wife Jennifer, and Thomas Yager & wife Natashia, as well as nieces and nephews – Robert McCurry, Michele, Thomas & Elizabeth Carter, Emmalynn, Grace, Isabella, John Nicholas & Dylan Barry, Lilly Yager, and Catherine & Andrew Yager, as well as dearest friends Hallie Moore and Cherie Couvillon.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 30 from 5:30 -8pm at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056. The rosary will be prayed at 6:30pm, imploring our Blessed Mother to show Karen to the compassionate arms of Christ.

The Funeral Mass, where we commend Karen into eternal rest in the love of our Heavenly Father, will be celebrated on Friday, July 31 at 10:00am at St. Michael Catholic Church. Interment will take place at 2pm at Dignity Forest Park Westheimer, 12800 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77077. https://youtu.be/KP1wl-KTGMg

In lieu of flowers we ask that you consider a donation to one of the following charities that make a difference in the lives of the children Karen loved:

1) The Periwinkle Foundation which runs the Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center that brings the joy of art to children, families and caregivers affected by pediatric cancer and blood disorders. https://periwinklefoundation.org

2) Camp for All which provides life-changing experiences to children and adults with special needs to experience the thrill of camping with no barriers or obstacles. https://www.campforall.org/donate/

“Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace.”

Please note: due to the COVID-19 safety protocols in place at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, attendance is limited and guests’ temperatures will be taken upon entry and must be wearing a mask.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her parents, Sam and Mary Yager, sisters- Holly Carter & husband Don, and Nancy Barry & husband John, brothers- Sam Yager III & wife Jennifer, and Thomas Yager & wife Natashia, as well as nieces and nephews – Robert McCurry, Michele, Thomas & Elizabeth Carter, Emmalynn, Grace, Isabella, John Nicholas & Dylan Barry, Lilly Yager, and Catherine & Andrew Yager, as well as dearest friends Hallie Moore and Cherie Couvillon.

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Services

  • Visitation with the Family

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • The Rite of Committal

    Friday, July 31, 2020

Memories

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Mary Anne Casey

August 1, 2020

I met Karen about six years ago and I can remember her gentle sweet smile being welcoming and feeling very safe with her. She’s been a friend, a confidant and an inspiration. Reminders of our time to talk together or plans to go for a walk keep popping up on my phone I stop and have some feelings about how much I’m gonna miss that time with her. I know I can talk to her anytime and feel her love and acceptance which is still with me.

Mary Ellen Butler

July 31, 2020

My heart is breaking for you all. I always remembered Sam's little sister Karen as a kind, sweet, friendly, and just an all around beautiful soul. Much love and prayers to you all on your tremendous loss.
Mary Ellen Butler

Ann Taylor

July 30, 2020

I will always remember Karen’s sweet smile and her kind spirit. Her gentle soul shone through her actions and words. My sincere condolences to her family.

Tamara Cooper

July 30, 2020

I’m in such disbelief that she’s gone! Karen was such a giving person. She would tell me “even 15 minutes on the phone is better than no time at all”. Such a great listener! She was an incredible guide to assist me through the most chaotic time of my life. Her openness gave me comfort in wholly sharing; although I walked in expecting to hold back. Such an amazing heart for others. Truly a gift from God no one can replace. I’m truly honored to have known her.

Rest in heavenly peace Karen. I’m certain you’re surrounded by angels anxious to meet the one who served so many in your short time with us.

Mary Toutloff

July 30, 2020

I have no words. She was a beautiful child, a lovely woman, a beloved daughter sister and a precious cousin to me. I know that life will never be the same without her. I'm so sorry for your loss. Know that you all will be in our prayers.
Jeannie (Hamborsky) Toutloff and family
Boise, Idaho

Lyn Sullivan

July 29, 2020

Karen will be greatly missed but her warmth, kindness and gentle spirit will be remembered forever. “When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know” It was an honor to know and love her. Lyn Sullivan

Lilly Yager

July 29, 2020

Karen Yager was more than my aunt; she was my godmother. She supported me throughout my childhood and expressed the love and appreciation of our relationship. At a bare minimum, Aunt Karen and I painted together, watched Harry Potter movies together, and decorated gingerbread houses every year together. However, her impact on my life cannot be defined be these moments. Her kindness, creativity, and passion are characteristics that I truly admired about her. She was an influential part of my life that will be dearly missed.
Aunt Karen, I miss you. I love you. I am upset I didn’t get to say goodbye to you. But, I know that while our relationship on Earth may have ended early, the impression you have made on my life will stay with me throughout (and I am truly grateful for that).

Lilly Yager

July 29, 2020

Karen Yager was more than my aunt; she was my godmother. She supported me throughout my childhood and expressed the love and appreciation of our relationship. At a bare minimum, Aunt Karen and I painted together, watched Harry Potter movies together, and decorated gingerbread houses every year together. However, her impact on my life cannot be defined be these moments. Her kindness, creativity, and passion are characteristics that I truly admired about her. She was an influential part of my life that will be dearly missed.
Aunt Karen, I miss you. I love you. I am upset I didn’t get to say goodbye to you. But, I know that while our relationship on Earth may have ended early, the impression you have made on my life will stay with me throughout (and I am truly grateful for that).

Kate Piper

July 29, 2020

I met Karen in the 11th grade. She was bubbly and nice and had the ability to make an anxious teenager feel at ease. She got me to step out of my comfort zone and attend formals and study groups. She was one of the kindest, most caring and purest souls I have ever met. I am proud to be able to call her my friend. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Yager, for bringing someone so special into the world. I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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