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Karen Raley

Karen Raley

Thursday, July 4, 1957 Monday, May 20, 2019

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Obituary for Karen Lewis Raley (Lewis)

It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Karen Lewis Raley on May 20, 2019, after a courageous 14 month battle with leukemia. She left this world in comfort and peace, surrounded by her family. In her own words, she has left us for her "next great adventure."

She was generous, passionate, and unwavering. Karen was a dynamic educator for over 35 years. She saw potential and greatness in all of us. Above all, she encouraged us to look for something new and exciting in any situation.

Karen was brilliant, intuitive, and often impossibly energetic. She was always on the hunt for an excellent recipe to try, a plant to grow, or a craft project to undertake. Her ability to envision and create a masterpiece from the most simple accouterments was prodigious.

The greatest joy in Wowo’s life came from spending time with her grandchildren; "Clay," "OE," "Maddey," and "Coco." She has been an integral part of their lives, and because of her, they have thrived. Wowo will be missed more than words can express.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Diane Lewis Mason, mother, Doris Wheeler Lewis, and father, Curtis Lewis.

Karen is survived by husband, Benney Raley, daughters, Melissa Deem, and Bonney Monjaras, son-in-law, Danny Monjaras, grandchildren, Mason Monjaras, Owen Deem, Layla Monjaras, and Cora Deem, sisters Connie Estes (Danny) and Dr. Gale Meador (Greg), and many treasured nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank MD Anderson Cancer Hospital and Bayes Achievement Center for the love, kindness, and friendship they provided Karen.

There will be a private family gathering to celebrate her life. The challenge we all face in her absence is the impetus to seek out our own great adventures. In honor of Karen, take a moment to do something you love and that makes you is too short to wait until tomorrow!

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Leah Child

Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my childhood friend. Karen was the kindest person I have ever known. Sincere condolences to her family.
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Ms. Karen was instrumental in changing my son's life while he was at Bayes. She truly was his earth ange. She arrived at Bayes a week after he did and became sick and had to leave two weeks after he left. Her gentle guidance and teaching were what has enabled Karl to successfully transition back home. Her caring and unwavering belief in him provided a solid foundation upon which he was able to find belief in himself. Our family will forever be grateful for the difference she made not only in his life but in ours. Our condolences on your loss. . . .our hearts are with you.
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Jack Turner

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Monica Bayes Criswell

Karen was an inspiring coworker and a blessing to all of the young people she worked with. We never gave up hope that she was coming back, and there were so many plans for the projects that she would continue. Karen had the skills and the zeal to accomplish anything. She will be greatly missed by her Bayes Achievement Center family. May the Lord provide comfort to all of the family she leaves behind. She spoke of her family often and with such tenderness and love.
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Paula Pemberton-Kelm

I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who was adventurous as Karen. I’m not sure of much she wouldn’t try. She was the sun on a cloudy day. Prayers for you all in the days, weeks, years ahead as you find your new normal.
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