Memorial services for Karen LaDale Pletcher of Ardmore, will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2013, in the Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy May officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Legate Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 this evening at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home, Ardmore.
Karen was born to Dale Henderson Lasiter and Janet Darlene Howell on January 30, 1957, in San Pedro, California. She passed from this life on September 21, 2013, near Mannsville, following a motorcycle accident. Karen was fortunate to have a stay at home mom and a military dad. Her home later became Ardmore where she resided until her death.
Karen had attended Dickson Schools and started in the cosmetology field in 1983. She always had a passion for others. Her care and concern showed as she volunteered at numerous nursing homes and handicap facilities over the years. Her bond continued with the families even after some of them had passed away. Her heart and kindness for others was felt through it all.
Karen was preceded in death by her father; and a son, Scott Lawson, who also died in the accident.
Karen is survived by a daughter, Sharla McMillin and her husband, Brock of Burneyville; mother, Janet Shockley; sisters, Marla Gore and Tonya Rangel and husband, Josh; and daughter-in-law, Christi Lawson, all of Ardmore; grandsons, Layne Kinsey and Bronson McMillin, both of Burneyville; granddaughters, Kayla Cooper of Dalzell, South Carolina, and Kerha Lawson of Ardmore; nieces, Amy Pickelsimer of Ada, and Tiffany Edwards of Ardmore; nephew, Dustin Bailey of Healdton; great-nieces, Presley Combs of Ada, and Destin Bailey of Healdton; and special friend and father figure, Charles Shockley of Lebanon.
She was lucky to have her immediate and extended family reside in Ardmore as well. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren's activities and events and participated as often as possible, along with large holiday gatherings, with her family by her side. She always showed great devotion to her family.
That same devotion was recently shown to her profession in the real estate field. Karen began her career in March, 2010. She vowed to show trustworthiness and obligation to her clients. Karen had a strong work ethic and promised to satisfy her clients by any means possible. Her "clients" usually turned into lifelong "friends" even after their dreams of a new property had been met. In a very short period of time in the real estate business, Karen's energy and "go get em" attitude made her advance to one of the top-listing Realtors in the Southern Oklahoma Board of Realtors. She was also a member of the Norman Board of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. She had received several awards, including the Pinnacle Club in 2011 and the Pinnacle Bronze Award in 2012.
Recently, with empty house syndrome, Karen had found a new love for miniature horses!! Starting out with just two, she currently owned six, which she loved dearly. They are all spoiled rotten, often getting special treats, long brushing or an evening stroll.
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