Karen Carnes
June 4, 1948  -  February 9, 2017

Karen Carnes

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Sunset Memorial Funeral Home
6801 E. Business 20
Odessa, TX  79762
Saturday, February 11, 2017
12:00 - 8:00 PM
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Sunset Memorial Chapel
6801 E. Business 20
Odessa, TX  79762
Monday, February 13, 2017
4:00 PM
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6801 E. Business 20
Odessa, TX  79762
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Karen Carnes, 68, of Odessa, Texas, passed away on Thursday February 9, 2017.
Funeral and graveside service will be Monday February 13, 2017 at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home with Brother Mike Dennis officiating

Karen was born and adopted in Denver, Colorado by Mike and Helen Mikesell on June 4, 1948. She eventually relocated to Midland along with her parents and graduated from Lee High School in 1966. She then attended Sul Ross University, graduated with a Business Degree in 1970. Then, thanks to a lifechanging blind date, she met her future husband, Tony. The couple were later married on December 18, 1970 and shortly afterwards, blessed with two children Chris and Candy.

Karen enjoyed family and friends, bible studies, parenting, crafts, sharing her faith, and capturing beautiful sunset pictures. She was a front-line warrior for Jesus and her faith was brilliantly evident during her labored journey with ALS.

Karen is preceded in death by her mother, Helen Mikesell; then her father, Mike Mikesell.

Karen is survived by her husband of 46 years, Tony Carnes; son, Chris Carnes; daughter, Candy Carnes; brother, Ken Mikesell; granddaughter, Breanne Carnes; sister in laws, Jane Ulrich, Dixie Light and their families; and brother-in law, Mike Carnes, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Karen, KK, or mom was, and still is, such a blessing to anyone who met her and had the privilege of spending any amount of time together. She knew unconditional love, firm commitment, she knew her Savior and urged everyone around her to get on board.
She knew where she was going and wants to greet us all there someday.

Funeral Services will be at 4:00 pm, Monday, February 13, 2017 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Home Hospice nurses and all the family support provided.
Please send any gifts in the form of donations to www.ALSTexas.org , www.HomeHospiceWTX.com in memory of Karen Carnes.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To send family condolences please sign the guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com.


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  1. Mary Acosta
    Odessa, TX

    Prayers Are with The family ,R.I.P.Ms Karen.frm The Acosta family & Westphal family,🌹🌹🌹

  2. Sherrie Scott
    Grapevine, TX

    My deepest condolences to the Carnes, Ulrich, Sawyers and Lassiter families. What a beautiful soul Karen was to each of you. May the memories of your times spent with Karen give you peace and I pray God will ease the emptiness and sadness in your hearts. Much affection and love to you all.

  3. Karen Mills Crawford & Family
    Odessa, TX

    We are so sorry for the loss of Sweet Karen. All the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    "He will wipe every tear, no more pain" Rev 21:4

  4. Paula, Alyssa, Amber and Amanda Willis
    Andrews, TX

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your dear family at this time of your loss of precious KK. She was truly one of a kind! We all loved her dearly. She was one of the sweetest ladies we ever had the privilege to know. The "barn" times were always full of laughter because of her and Tony, never a dull moment to say the least especially when Cher was put on the radio !! I always admired the amount of patience this woman had, and she was an amazing grandmother. I always thought how truly blessed Breanne was to have such a great role model as KK. You could definitely tell Breanne was a great joy to KK. I can still picture.KK putting that toothpick in her mouth and start twisting it around when she started getting frustrated with Tony. Still makes me laugh. I know KK will truly be missed. I just wanted your family to know that we all are.thinking of you during this difficult time.

  5. Lisa Clower
    Monahans, TX

    I only hope I can be half the woman my aunt Karen was. I miss her so much already. Love you all

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