Karen Alexis FAIRCHILD

June 24, 1944June 7, 2019

Karen Alexis (Zemmin) Fairchild was born June 24, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan. She moved to Gilbert, Arizona in 1980 and resided there until her death on June 7, 2019.

She is survived by her son, Richard A. Fairchild (Elizabeth Fairchild), granddaughters Megan and Rachel Fairchild and her sister, Carol (Zemmin) Girodat. She is preceded in death by her brother, Frederick Zemmin and her parents, Frederick and Mary Zemmin.

Karen was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

She enjoyed time with family and friends; loved Lake Michigan and spending time on the water; was an avid reader; loved baseball; enjoyed attending shows at Gammage auditorium. Her kind smile, caring nature, and fun sense of humor will be greatly missed!

Please join her family as they celebrate her life on: Wednesday 6/19/19 Open house: 4-6 pm Cassanova Bros. 959 Val Vista Rd, Gilbert

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: a local animal shelter or a charity of your choosing.


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Karen Alexis FAIRCHILD

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Laura Stewart

June 17, 2019

I first met Karen through my Mother and the Insurance Women's group. Karen and Rich actually lived down the street from us for awhile too. I went to many meetings and functions with the Insurance Women and always enjoyed Karens great personality and her contagious laugh. Karen was a client of mine also, and Christian and I also loved to have her in our salon, she always had a hilarious story to share and once again, her laugh was so great! I can't believe she has passed and I just recently told her, that nobody would ever believe she was going to be 80. Still, to soon for her to go. We will miss her, that's for sure.


June 17, 2019

Karen & I were close friends since she moved to AZ in 1980. We met soon after, when her son, Rich, my husband Charles, my daughter, Leigh, and my son, Chuck, all played tournament level Racquetball. We were their main cheering squad, as we followed them as they played all over the State & Valley.
Karen hired my daughter, Leigh, as one of her fist jobs out of college, at her insurance agency, & they rode to/from work together daily.
Karen & I had many fun times together with sightseeing trips around the State, many dinners, checking out new restaurants, alsoThanksgivings, family Birthday celebrations,together, & many phone conversations.
Karen was deeply saddened by my husband, Charles’ passing, , 3 years ago. At the time, I told her he had not wanted us to be sad, but to wear bright colors to our Life Celebrations and remember the happy good times. Now, Karen & Charles can once again enjoy their friendship.
Karen was a loving & caring friend to everyone she knew. And her sense of humor always came out, unexpectedly, but when we needed it most! Karen lived for the times she got to be with her wonderful family, and absolutely adored her granddaughters she was so proud of!
She was a wonderful role model for Motherhood and G’ma-hood, & love for all of us!
Oh, Karen, I’m going to miss our fun times together, & the adventures I had planned for us in the future!
May God’s richest Blessings be with Rich, Beth, Megan, & Rachel, and Carol, her sister. 💕🌷💕

Vicki Geiger

June 16, 2019

I first met Karen through my dad when he would walk my dog past her unit. She recently joined the villages breakfast club since a few of us liked getting up around 7 in the morning .She loved talking about her family and Michigan. She would go with Jan and me to Cassinova for Pizza. I will miss her positive outlook on life and great conversation .

Judy Holder

June 15, 2019

Karen was such a kind and caring person. We met through the Insurance World. My sympathy to the Family. Gone way to soon.

Jan Vitale

June 13, 2019

I'll always remember your beautiful and warm smile. Your dedication to the Insurance Industry and Tri City Plus Association of Insurance Women is to be commended. Rest in Peace Karen and enjoy eternal happiness in Heaven.
Jan Vitale

Kelley Kimble

June 12, 2019

I knew Karen for many years through the insurance industry. I first met her in the early 1980s, and we were both members of Tri-City Plus Association of Insurance Professionals. I knew her as a kind and good-humored woman who enjoyed her career and loved her family.

Betty Watson

June 12, 2019

I have known Karen for many years through the NAIW/IAIP-TCP Insurance Professionals. She was a fun fun lady who was also a great worker. She believed in her career and the Insurance Professional association. She also didn’t hesitate to let me know if I wasn’t doing something incorrectly when I was an officer of the organization, but she did it very nicely. After she retired we met for lunch several times. She adored her son and his family. She would glow when she talked about you. Wish I could be with you at the Celebration of Life, but I am out of town until July.