Karen Marie Jackson Gorman

December 8, 1942March 5, 2018
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Karen Marie Gorman, age 75, of Surprise, Arizona passed away on Monday March 5, 2018. Karen was born December 8, 1942 to Edward and Lillian Jackson in Denison, Iowa. Karen was an avid bowler and enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, James "Jimmie" Gorman, of Surprise, Arizona; her son Michael (Jackie) Gorman of Glendale, Arizona; daughters, Kimberley (Curt) Heltemes of Peoria, Arizona, and Deb Hanson of Storm Lake, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert Jackson of Des Moines, Iowa. A Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 08, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, Arizona. There will also be a Visitation on Friday, March 09, 2018 at 9:00 AM, with a Celebration of Life Service to begin at 10:00 AM. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Gorman family.


  • Edward M. Jackson, Father
  • Lillian Jackson, Mother
  • James R. Gorman, Husband
  • Michael Gorman, Son
  • Jackie Gorman, Daughter-in-law
  • Kimberley Heltemes, Daughter
  • Curt Heltemes, Son-in-law
  • Deb Hanson, Daughter
  • Robert Jackson, Brother
  • Karen is also survived by her cherished 11 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Reception Friday, March 9, 2018

Karen Marie Jackson Gorman

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wanda dorr

March 9, 2018

Family of Karen Gorman Many memories of Karen in our high school years at Ar-We-Va. She was a great basketball player, Band Majorette, very involved in the music field in many ways. Loved by all. My Sympathy to you all. Wanda (Jans) Dorr (Ar-We-Va class of 1962)

Lois Blair

March 7, 2018

As a fellow classmate of Karen's, we shared many, many memories from our grade school days, through high school graduation and beyond. My sympathy to you Jim; also to Deb, Mike and Kim and their families. She will certainly be missed.

Marty Magill

March 7, 2018

My thoughts are with Jim and his family. Growing up in Vail l have many good memories of Karen.

Ruth Yankey Noelck

March 7, 2018

I remember many band and vocal practices and performances with Karen at At-We-Va High School. She was a few years older than I am, and I always looked up to her. The world lost a special person.

Jerry Boger

March 6, 2018

Jim & Family:
Sorry to hear about Karen's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Patricia Lippe

March 6, 2018

I will never forget our late night talks sitting by the pool enjoying the beautiful stars in the sky! Our feet got pretty wrinkly but what precious memories we made chatting and laughing ❤️ Thank you dear sister-in-law! You will be missed my friend 😥. With love always, Patty