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Obituary of Karen Burns Patterson 1997

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Karen Burns Patterson, 56 of Vancouver, Wash., died at her Salmon Creek home Monday, June 2, 1997, after a short illness.

Born Aug. 23, 1940 in Greenwich, N. Y., she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Frances (Baldwin) Burns.  She graduated from Greenwich Central School and the State University of New York at Cortland.  She worked as a teacher’s aide at Lake Shore Elementary School in Vancouver, Wash.

Mrs Patterson was an animal caretaker for Pet Watch and a member of Second Chance Companions, an organization that cares for abandoned pets.  She was a staff member and volunteer for the YWCA Safe Choice and Court Appointed Special Advocate programs.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Cecil “Pat” Patterson of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Joan F. and her husband Kenneth DeRagon of Greenwich; a brother William C. and his wife, Sharon T. Burns of Greenwich; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Thursday, June 5, at Michael Servitus Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  Burial was private.  Memorial contributions may be made to Second Chance Companions, P.O. box 2343, Battle Ground, Wash. 98604.

A tribute as published in….THE POST-STAR.