Karen Jean Weekes of Emmett, passed away peacefully at the age of 71 in her home Sunday evening on March 19, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones. Karen was born in Council, ID January 28, 1952, to William Floyd Campbell and Betty (Husky) Rogers.
Karen graduated from Emmett High School in 1971. It was during her senior year when she was officially introduced to Norman Weekes. During the course of their first date Karen took measures to ensure a second date by “stealing” Norman’s class ring – per his version of the story. However, it was not the only thing that she stole that night, she got his heart too and still has it to this day.
Karen and Norman married in the spring of 1971. Their earliest adventures took them to Bear Valley, ID, to a quaint cabin that could hardly contain the hopes and dreams of a newlywed couple, let alone two actual occupants and their occasional large, noisy, nosey, and very brown neighbors (remember the name of the valley).
Karen and Norman moved back to Emmett in 1972. In the late summer of that year, they welcomed their first son Steven Ross, but the name Ross seemed to fit a little more true to his spirit. Only 15 short months later they welcomed their 2nd son Thomas Ray (Tommy). The beginning of his life was touch and go. However, once his health and eating issues began to improve these two brothers proved to be an unrelenting tornado of messes, accidents, and bandages. So, Karen and Norman decided to wait 4 years before throwing anymore logs onto the fire. In the spring of 1977, Troy Ron was born. Norman wanted to name him Troy Roy, but Karen did not appreciate his humor and vetoed Norman’s middle name selection. Then, just 2 years later Norman and Karen welcomed their first little girl Christina Jean. The couple decided to go out on a high note and while they were ahead – so they thought.
In 2004, during a difficult time, Karen and Norman opened their home on a permanent basis to three of their grandchildren Mary, Andrew, and Devan. Not always the easiest of tasks considering the three of them are less than a year apart in age, but Norman and Karen loved it.
Today, her family is Karen’s treasure, her purpose, and her joy. With her family as her “Why” and her faith in her older brother and Savior, Jesus Christ as her “How” Karen fought an exhausting battle with cancer. Throughout her ordeal Karen’s personality shined, showing love and compassion towards anyone who came to see her, joking and teasing as often as occasion would allow, and menacing or scolding glares when necessary. Karen was a blessing and a beauty through it all.
Karen is survived by her husband Norman, her children Ross (Andrea), Tom (Nickelle), Troy (Christina), and Christina (Mike) Pfaff. Her 14 grandchildren: Tacola, Mary, Devan, Andrew, Nicholas, Logan, Kylacee, Asha, Brendan, Elizabeth, Katelyn, Mason, Adysen, and Tyler. And 6 great grandkids: Adaline, Emalyne, Sawyer, Abigail, Gracie, and Haily Her mother Betty Rogers, sisters Marie (Dale) Hopkins and Judy (Paul) Payne, and brother Rick Campbell. Plus, many other extended family and lifelong friends
A service to celebrate Karen’s life will be held Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 5 o’clock pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (980 W. Central Rd, Emmett, ID). All are welcome.
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