Karen M. Penno, 72, of Blaine, went home to be with the Lord on September 14. Karen was born December 1, 1942 in Billings, MT to Jesse I. Duncan and Bertha Duncan (Larson). Karen was the youngest of 5 children. Jesse and Bertha moved their family to Blaine from Billings in 1955 when Karen was just 13 years old. Karen graduated from Blaine High School in 1962. During her years of attendance there, she met the love of her life John (Jack) W. Penno, and were married in 1965. After Karen’s high school graduation she went on to attend Western Washington University where she earned her teaching degree and taught elementary school for a few years in Ellensburg, WA.
Karen and Jack made their home with their two children Heather and Shawn in Blaine. Karen made her life -long career dedicating her time to care for others at Stafholt holding many different positions over the years.
Karen is survived by her daughter Heather (Mark) Rodman of Boise, ID and their 2 sons Duncan and Jonathan; her son Shawn (Stefanie) Penno of Blaine, WA and their 2 children Shawn and Alivia, and oldest brother George (Marian) Duncan of Puyallup, WA.