CASA GRANDE — Karen Jean Patterson, 79, of Casa Grande died on June 21, 2019.

Mrs. Patterson was born in Evanston, Illinois, on Sept. 28, 1939, to Wayne and Mildred Simpson. She was described as a loving, caring, outgoing, giving and fun social butterfly. Her family meant everything to her, and she spent as much time as she could with them.

She retired after 20 years in banking and then worked at the Thomas Kinkade Gallery in Reno, Nevada, for 10 years. She enjoyed traveling and made many wonderful RV trips with her late husband, Bill. She loved being a Red Hatter and square dancer and playing Bunco with the girls. Most of all, she loved taking pictures at gatherings and was given the nickname Kodak Karen. She loved country-western music and supported the San Francisco Giants. She loved all of her poodles, especially Pepe, who survives her. She was extremely kind and caring, and her faith and friendships were very important to her.

She is survived by her four daughters and sons, Laurie Collins, Kathy Cross, Alan Shaffer and Doug Gwaltney; her two stepchildren, Darla Calvird and Kim Legan; and her six grandchildren.

Her and Bill Patterson's ashes will be interred together at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. A military service will be held for them at 2 p.m. on Sept. 13.

Donations may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation in her memory or to the American Heart Association in Bill's memory.

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