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Karen Claassen Hernandez

Posted: Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Karen Yvonne Hernandez, 57, passed away peacefully Friday, May 3, 2013, in Morro Bay after a long and courageous battle with cancer, with her loving daughter by her side. 

Karen was born in Paso Robles to John and Dorothy Claassen. As a young child her family moved to King City. Karen attended local schools and graduated from King City High School in 1974, where she was actively involved in FFA. For many years she was a fixture at The Filling Station, The Feed Bag, and L.A. Hearne Company, where her smile brightened everybody’s day.

Karen’s life was spent doing the things she loved most, and she went from being a cowgirl to a self-proclaimed “beach bum.” She was very proud of her time working for the Paso Robles School District as a physical education teacher. She also enjoyed meeting people from across the country as an office clerk at Morro Dunes RV Park in Morro Bay; she could most often be found walking along the boardwalk enjoying the sunshine.

She cherished the time she spent with friends and family, but most importantly the time she spent with her daughter, Sara. They enjoyed going to baseball games, trips to San Francisco, and their weekly shopping trip to Target. They shared a special connection that went beyond just being mother and daughter — they were each other’s best friend, hero and angel.

Karen will be remembered most for her vivacious attitude toward life, her “tee hee” laugh, and the constant smile on her face. She was an inspiration to many as she exuded quiet strength and positivity, a strong faith in God, and genuine kindness that she always lovingly expressed.

She is survived by her daughter, Sara Hernandez; mother, Dorothy Claassen; brother, Doug (Kathy) Claassen; nieces, Mallory and Michelle Claassen, and Megan (Eric) Baldwin; special friends, Dennis and Sharon Hearne; as well as numerous family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, John.

A celebration of life will take place Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the DeAnza Building at San Lorenzo Park in King City. Any pictures of Karen that you would like to share, that can be displayed at the celebration of life, would be greatly appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, Sara is asking that donations in Karen’s memory be made to the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Attention: Development, 2200 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404. Arrangements have been entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East San Antonio Drive, King City, 831-385-5400, www.EFScares.com.

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