photo of Karen Hill from Yakima Herald Obituary online Photo of Karen Tuttle from the 1964 NU Yearbook

Karen Irene (Tuttle) Hill
February 8, 1942 - May 13, 2017

Karen Irene Hill went to be with the Lord at her home on Saturday May 13, 2017. She was born on February 8, 1942 in Lincoln, Nebraska to her parents Dolores and C. Q. Tuttle. Her family moved to Yakima, Washington when she was 5 years old. Both of her parents have preceded her in death.

After graduation from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington in 1964, she married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Hill, on August 21, 1964. Ken had just graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri where he had started a clothing business, so the newlyweds moved to Springfield. Their daughters, Kelli and Krysta, were both born in Springfield. In 1990 Ken and Karen moved back to their home town in Yakima, Washington. Later they moved to Richland, Washington.

Karen’s husband and mother both passed away in 2002 and her father passed away in 2006. Those were difficult years for her. Then four years ago she began her battle with cancer. However, true to her gentle, positive and peaceful nature, she endured all the treatments with grace and a sense of peace that passes all understanding.

Karen is survived by a daughter Kelli Best and husband Rev. Bill Best; daughter Krysta Barker and husband Rev. Mark Barker; three granddaughters Ashlee Best, Paige Best and Madison Barker. She is also survived by her brother Rev. Ron Tuttle and his wife Barbara and her sister Kathy Wardle and her husband Wayne.

She has a large host of friends in Yakima, Springfield, and Richland where she faithfully served in children and women’s ministries. She will be greatly missed by her family and all those who loved and dearly respected her.

A celebration of Karen's life was held at a graveside service on Thursday, May 18th 2017 at 11:00 am at Sunset Gardens in Richland, WA.

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