Karen Emily Clark, 69, died Nov. 30 due to cancer.

She was born in Clarissa, Minn., on July 21, 1943, to Arthur and Beatrice Mastrud.

She moved to Bend when she was 5 years old. In July 1974, she moved to Caldwell, Idaho, where she worked at the Canyon County Courthouse until moving back to Bend in 1983. She worked for the Deschutes County Courthouse until retiring in 2002.

She married Larry Schossow on Oct. 2, 1960. They had three children together.

After moving back to Bend in 1983, she met the love of her life, David A. Clark. They were married on July 5, 1986. Last year, she and David celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at their home in Burns, where they had lived since 2007.

While living in Burns, she met many new friends and became reunited with old friends from her past. She joined a knitting group, which gave her the nickname “The Afghan Queen.” She knitted almost every day since childhood. Aside from knitting, she loved camping and fishing. She was also an avid reader, always having a book close by.

But most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Dave Clark of Burns; children, Kerri Lynne of Bend, Kip and Stacey Schossow of Caldwell, Idaho, and Kyle and Anita Schossow of Bend; stepson, Michael Clark of Canby, Calif.; grandchildren, Sarah, Jeremy, Abigail, Jennifer, Jessica, Nicholas and Trevor; great-grandchildren, Dorothe, Aniston, Maddox, Camille, Ayla, Lucy and Sawyer; siblings, Harold and Merilyn Mastrud, Lowell and Sharon Mastrud, Marshall and Dorie Mastrud and Dale and Shelli Mastrud (all of Bend), Mark Mastrud of Tillamook, Arlene Buechner of Salem, Marietta and Harry Lucas of Redmond, Susan and Bill LeBrey of Tillamook and Judy Meyers of Bend; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; older brother, Ron Mastrud; infant daughter, B. Schossow; and first husband, Larry Schossow.

Two memorial services will be held.

The first will be on Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns, and the second will be on Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room in Bend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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