Karen Goen, 57, of College Station, passed away Friday, June 18, 2010 at North Cypress Medical Center in Cypress. Visitation was held Monday, June 21, 2010 at the Callaway Jones Funeral Home Chapel in Bryan. Funeral service are set for 2 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Barak Lane in Bryan with burial to follow at the College Station City Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home.
Karen was born Feb. 12, 1953 to Dr. Oliver F. and Marcella Ruetz Goen in Gainsville, Fla. After spending her childhood in many places, she returned to Texas with her parents, where she has been a long time resident of College Station. Karen received a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Education with a Certificate of School Counseling from Sam Houston State University. She became an elementary school teacher beginning in Leander ISD, then at Bryan ISD and taught for more than 20 years in Bremond ISD.
Karen enjoyed music, art and photography. She was also very active in her church. She loved her family, extended church family, and her school and colleagues. She loved her many school children as if they were her own.
Karen is survived by her parents, Dr. Oliver F. and Marcella Goen of College Station; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Clyde and Genia Goen and Tom and Cathy Goen, both of College Station; five nieces, Laura and Jim Wilson of Johnson City, Mary and Stephen Mobley of Austin, Kristy and Andrew Humphreys of College Station, Diane and Joe Alvarado of New York, and Erin Goen of College Station; two nephews, David Goen and John Goen, both of College Station; seven grandnieces and nephews, Mackenzie Mobley, Abby Humphreys, Isaac Humphreys, Ashlyn Wilson, Sarah Wilson, Nathan Wilson and Lael Alvarado.
Pallbearers will be Clyde Goen, Tom Goen, David Goen, John Goen, Jim Wilson, Stephen Mobley and Andrew Humphreys.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bremond PTO Karen Goen Scholarship Fund, Care of Tonya Townsend, P.O. Box 190, Bremond, TX 76629. Please include a return address.
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