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Karen Norine (Burrell) Baldwin

Karen Norine (Burrell) Baldwin, 61, lost her courageous battle with cancer on Friday, July 5, 2013 surrounded by family and the incredibly caring professionals at Lake District Hospital in  Lakeview.

Karen was born on Sept. 12, 1951 in Reno, Nev. to Chet and Nook Burrell.

Her late parents, Chet and Nook Burrell, were in the logging and ranching business in Modoc County, California. Karen attended primary schools in Keno, Davis Creek, Calif. and near Alturas, Calif. She graduated from Modoc High School with the class of 1969. Following high school she completed cosmetology school in Sacramento, Calif. She resided in Alturas and Redding, Calif. for many years before returning to Modoc County in 2007.

Karen was both an accomplished cook and a talented seamstress. She was expert in canning of fruits and vegetables, loved crafting with her grandchildren and excelled in knitting. She was an avid supporter of Modoc High School football, Alturas Little League, Davis Creek 4-H Club and the Alturas Jr. Livestock Show. She loved casino nights with her close friends and was a regular at the Davis Creek Store breakfasts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chet and Nook Burrell; brother Johnny Burrell; foster brother Howard Wells.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Chet and Holly Blair of Battle Ground, Wash. and Scott and Katie Blair of Great Falls, Mont.;  brother Mark Burrell of Gold River, Calif.;  her sister-in-law Lucy Ketcherside; grandchildren Robin, Dean, Quinn, Ty and Morgan;  nephews Brad Burrell, Drew Burrell, Brian Burrell, Mike Wells and Andrew Wells;nieces Lynette Wells and Aliess Kingsley.

There will be a memorial service in celebration of Karen’s life at the Community Hall in Davis Creek, Calif., on Thursday, July 11 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Lake District Hospital, 700 S. J St., Lakeview 97630 to be used for oncology care services.

Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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