Karen Courtney Obituary

Karen Doreen Courtney
Karen Doreen Courtney

April 23, 1938 - July 28, 2017
Born in Medford, OR
Resided in Bend, OR


Karen D. (Carr) Courtney age 79 of La Pine, Oregon left her earthly body to be with God July 28, 2017. She was surrounded by loved ones during her passing at Partners in Care Hospice House in Bend, Oregon. She was born in Sam’s Valley, Jackson County, Oregon on April 23, 1938 to Teresa and Orin Carr. They divorced and Teresa later married Ellis Standley who became Karen’s beloved step-father.

Karen moved with her mother and sister Donna to the Sellwood area in 1940 where she attended first grade and then later to Beavercreek where she attended school. After her mother married Ellis, they moved to Pete’s Mt. in West Linn.
Karen married James Hawkins in 1954 and had three children: Alan, Mary, and Jeanette. They divorced and she married Ron Courtney in 1967 and had two children, Matthew and Teresa. They divorced and she later moved to La Pine in the early 90’s to engage her love of the outdoors. She was an avid fisherwoman and loved the area, her favorite being Twin Lakes. Karen’s hobbies included cross stitch and charcoal drawings (mostly of nature).

Karen was a brave, courageous and strong woman, passing those traits onto her children. She was a member of High Lakes Christian Church and volunteered at the La Pine Senior Center. One of her favorite jobs was writing a column for the Oregon City newspaper, “The Enterprise Courier.” The column was entitled, “A View From the Top” due to her living literally on top of a mountain at the time.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Teresa and Ellis Standley, her father “Bud” Carr, her son Alan Hawkins and her brother, Roger Standley. She is survived by her children, Mary Reed of La Pine, Jeanette (Harold) Taylor, of Beavercreek, Matthew Courtney, of Bend, and Teresa (William) Ward of La Pine; her sisters Donna Woodard of Stayton, Linda (Ted) Downs of Oregon City and Jan (Paul) Boettcher of West Linn; step-brothers Gary and Charles Standley of Hillsboro; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” ~ Richard Bach




Memorial Service
High Lakes Christian Church
52620 Day Rd
La Pine, OR 97739
Saturday, September 30, 2017
12:00 PM


Partners In Care Hospice
2075 NE Wyatt Ct
Bend, OR 97701
We provide patient-centered care that honors the dignity and needs of those we serve. We sustain an organization that enriches the lives of our patients, families, team and community.