Karen Elizabeth Staggs

READFIELD – Karen Elizabeth Staggs, 76, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, following a long illness.

She was born in Auburn, Wash. on Jan. 10, 1948, the daughter of the late Roy and Mozelle M. (Dutcher) Johnson. She attended local schools and graduated from Federal Way High School in the class of 1966. She later went on to earn an Associates Degree in Nursing from Highline College.

Karen married the love of her life, Pamela Reynolds, in Readfield, Maine on Nov. 15, 2014. Their time together was brief, but it was filled with love and laughter.

Over her working career, Karen has worked at several different hospitals, beginning her career at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash. where she worked in the nursery and in her spare time taught new mothers and fathers infant CPR. She worked in the NICU of Tacoma General Hospital in Washington where she was credited for saving her first grandson, Justin’s life after a complication with his birth. She went on to work and was credited with establishing the NICU at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash. She continued to work in various nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals towards the end of her career and retired from Western Washington State Hospital.

Karen was always willing to help others, no matter the circumstances, never judging others and never expecting anything in return. She loved camping, fishing, playing guitar, bowling, going to the casino and eating tacos. She had a deep spiritual side and love of God, she loved spending time reading her Bible. Her greatest love was the time she spent surrounded by her family especially her grandchildren.

She was an active of member of Jobs Daughters for many years, coached T-ball and soccer for her daughters, and was a member of 4-H club.

Karen was predeceased by three brothers, Edwin and Robert Calhoun and Roy Steve Johnson. She is survived by her wife, Pamela Reynolds of Readfield; two daughters, Kari and her husband Chris Lancaster of Norridgewock, Jori and Jason Blake of Washington; nine grandchildren, Justin Staggs and his wife Shoko Kageyama Staggs of Winslow, Morgan and her husband Josh Blake Barnes of Washington, Camden and his wife Libbie Johndro of Hermon, Branden Blake of Washington, Aden Johndro of Bangor, Wyatt Lancaster of Norridgewock, Savannah Lancaster of Vermont, Kaitlyn Johndro of Norridgewock, Jasmine Lancaster of Norridgewock; a great grandson, Kai Staggs of Winslow; a brother Jerry and his wife Chris Calhoun of Washington; father of their two daughters, George A. Staggs of Skowhegan; several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service celebrating Karen’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. at the New Maine Veterans Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, ME.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, ME. To view Karen’s memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit http://www.StaplesFuneralHome.com.

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