Karen Daub Bedinger
July 20, 1945 – March 7, 2011
Karen Daub Bedinger, 65, was born July 20, 1945, to Ruth (Yoost) and Louis F. Daub in Milwaukee, and passed away Monday, March 7, 2011.
She graduated from Milwaukee’s Washington High School and from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studied geography. She continued her education at the University of Arizona and earned a master’s degree in urban planning.
When Karen was a graduate student at the University of Arizona, she met an undergrad architecture student named Walt. She did not much care for him, but she nevertheless treated him kindly. They were wed at Waukesha in 1976 and moved to Greeley, Colo., two years later.
Karen worked for the City of Greeley Museums from 1986 to 2006, beginning her career as a seasonal assistant and ending it as a collections specialist. She was a devoted and versatile worker, who did everything asked of her and more, from maintenance and cleaning to giving demonstrations and interpretive tours to accessioning and cataloguing artifacts and archival materials. Recently, she was a part-time administrative assistant to an independent trucker.
Karen was a long-time member of The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, Mass., and she joined Greeley’s First Church of Christ Scientist upon her arrival in the city. At the Greeley church, she served as first reader, second reader, clerk, board member, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, lecture committee member and Reading Room attendant. She looked forward to attending her Christian Science Association meeting each June and to visiting with her many friends in that group.
Karen’s faith defined her being. She expressed kindness, fairness, diligence, punctuality, honesty, forgiveness, willingness to work and excellent performance in the tasks that came her way. She gave a home to a number of stray cats over the years. She enjoyed their company and they enjoyed hers. She worked tirelessly for the benefit of others. She enjoyed and respected nature, and she was an environmentalist who actively sought to minimize her negative impact on the world before most people were aware there was a problem. She abhorred waste and lived by the motto "Use if up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."
Karen is survived by her husband; her daughter, Ciera; her father-in-law, Walton E. Bedinger; and by her grandchildren, Cyrus, Titus and Willow, all of Greeley. She is also survived by her father, Louis F. Daub of Waukesha; her brother, Jeff (Judy) Daub of Milwaukee; by her nieces and nephews, Dana-Marie (Ronald) Grennier, Keri-Ayn (Michael) Hough and Mathew (Kerri) Daub; and by her grandnieces and -nephews, Alexandra, August, Evan, MacKenzie and Troy.
An open house celebrating Karen’s life will be held at a time and place to be announced.
Memorial gifts may be made in Karen’s name to First Church of Christ Scientist of Greeley, Colo., in care of Allnutt, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631. Friends may view the online obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.
Allnutt Funeral Service, 970-352-3366, is serving the family.