Obituary of Karen Ann Calegory Hanks
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May 12, 1944 – September 23, 2020 Born in Corvallis, Oregon on May 12, 1944 to Micky Sam Calegory and Lois Elaine Jensen. Survived by her mother Lois Calegory, uncle James Albert Jensen, and sister Sue (John) Risto. She is also survived by daughters Tracy Hanks and Lisa (Mike) Peck, their children Angelica Marie Mendez, Alexandra (Todd) Aoki, Michael Jared Peck, and Chelsea (Dane) Viert, 5 great-grandchildren: Caden Ford, Kylie and Chloe Peck, Akira and Kai Aoki, and Jax Viert who is expected in March. Karen is also survived by cousins, a niece, and many friends. Preceded in death by her father Micky, brothers Michael and Steven, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins. Karen grew up in Holladay, Utah and attended Olympus High school and took courses at Trade Tech. She worked at Singer sewing until she got her dream job at Western Airlines. She first spent her career with Western and then continued on as Delta absorbed the company. She retired on March 31, 2009 after 32 years with the airlines. Karen will most be remembered for her sensitive, loving, considerate, and passionate nature. Her warm loving smile, kindness, selflessness, and her smart-ass sense of humor were the traits that most define the person she is. Because of her generosity 3 generations were afforded opportunities to take dance, music, and other lessons and to travel the world. She was both the sponsor and chauffeur to all of them and especially loved spending time with her great-grandchildren, as she was retired by the time they were born. A very talented person, she shared her skills with everybody. She was a master baker, skilled seamstress, and cake decorator. She enjoyed voice & piano lessons since that was something she always wanted to try. She enjoyed reading, writing poetry, cinema, theater (plays, ballets, and the opera), and had the most diverse taste in music than anyone we’ve ever known. She learned how to make and perfected making porcelain dolls, and was highly skilled at knitting, crochet, and bead work. Karen is already missed tremendously by her small but close-knit family, who had a viewing and said their last farewells to her privately, as she wanted. She was very passionate about politics and her last email to all of us was about the upcoming election. Please vote.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Karen Hanks, please visit Tribute Store
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