Obituary: Karen Stockwell
December 4, 2008
Our beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin and dear friend passed away Nov. 24, 2008 at Renown Medical Center. Karen was born Oct. 30, 1945 in Ogden, Utah, to Donald J. and Violet l. Medcraft.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Daniel H. Stockwell of Truckee, Calif.; her only daughter, Susan M. Stockwell-McKinnish, and son-in-law David W. McKinnish, of Carson City. She is the beloved sister of Carol A. Krupp, Carson City; brother John C. Medcraft and wife Voni, Reno; and cousin Melanie Montierth, Ogden, Utah. She is also a beloved sister-in-law to Darnley and Lloyd Kirschner and children Donald and Jolene Stockwell and Kellen.
Karen is also survived by nephews Larry Krupp, wife Carrie and children Kendra and Logan; and Gary Krupp, wife Jill and children Taylor and Haylee. Karen has had a very dear friend, Paul Bennett of Truckee. He has been close to Karen and Dan for more than 26 years.
Karen attended Sparks Elementary, Middle, and graduated from Sparks High School where she was on the Railroader Drill Team. She married the love of her life Daniel H. Stockwell and at the age of 21 gave birth to her daughter Susan Stockwell-McKinnish. Karen was a devoted stay-at-home mother for most of Susan’s life.
In 1980 Karen and Dan moved to their dream home in Truckee and Karen opened a daycare in her home calling it Karen’s Playmates. For 17 years she cared for more than 200 children. She was recognized as running one of the best day care centers in Truckee. For as much care and love she gave the children, she received more love from them. Karen decided to retire in April of 2007. From retirement to the day she passed away the children would still call and visit her.
It was a well-known fact that Karen loved Elvis. In the early 1990s she visited Graceland with her sister Carol and daughter Susan. Her Elvis collection was her pride and joy. Karen had a great love for Elvis, but her true love was for all the dogs she has had in her life.
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A celebration of life will be held for Karen at a later date in Truckee. The celebration will be listed in the paper one week prior or please call Susan for information, (775) 884-4530. No flowers please. Donations will be accepted in Karen’s memory to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Please make checks to the Truckee Humane Society and mail to Susan McKinnish, 1781 Tulip Ct., Carson City, NV 89703.