Karen H. Sturgis


January 23, 2020

Karen H. Sturgis, 72, of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Oklahoma City.

She was born Feb. 24, 1947, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Jack and Florence (Jetton) Crawford. Her early years were spent in Tulsa where she attended school. After high school she attended the University of Tulsa and received her degree in history.

Karen met Donald R. “Don” Sturgis in March 1969, and after a six-month courtship, they were married on Aug. 22, 1969, at 11th Street Baptist Church in Tulsa. Shortly after their marriage, Don was drafted into the U.S. Army. Upon his release from the Army, they returned to Tulsa and raised two girls in Tulsa and Broken Arrow.

She retired after 19 years of teaching for Broken Arrow Public Schools. After retirement she and Don returned to the family farm in Tecumseh.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Florence Crawford.

She is survived by her husband, Donald R. Sturgis of the home; 2 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Amy H. Sturgis and Larry M. Hall of Bristol, VA and Margret and Michael Boone of Norman; 2 granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Rebecca Boone of Norman; brother and sister-in-law J. Douglas Crawford and Cyd Dillard of Grand Junction, CO; brother and sister-in-law Glen and Vickie Sturgis of Berthoud, CO; sister-in-law Kathy Kalivoda of Tecumseh; and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

Services were held Jan. 22 at Tecumseh First Baptist Church with Pastor Tony Peak and Larry Lockard officiating. Burial followed at Brown Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.


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