Woodward, Okla. — Karen Jean Arnold, 55 year old life long resident of Woodward, Oklahoma died suddenly while in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, June 20, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Stephen Hale officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Karen Jean (Kline) Arnold was born on November 4, 1954 to Larry Gordon and Theresa (Blair) Kline in Woodward, Oklahoma. Karen attended school in Woodward and graduated from Woodward High School in 1973. While in high school, Karen was a member of the track team and the Peppers Pep Club. Karen began her career as a bookkeeper in high school when she worked summers for her grandparents, Leo and Thelma Kline at Kline’s Sand Pit.
On July 20, 1972 Karen was united in marriage to Roger L. Arnold on July 20, 1972 at the Lutheran Church in Woodward. To this union two wonderful sons were born, Robert Lynn and Rocky Wayne.
After the birth of her sons, Karen went to work at Wal-Mart and soon became the manager of the sporting goods department. A highlight for Karen while working at the store was waiting on Sam Walton when he came to Woodward to go quail hunting.
In the early 1980's, Karen was asked by her parents, Larry and Theresa Kline to return to the family business as secretary/bookkeeper. She has worked at Kline Materials, Inc. since that time.
Karen is a member of the New Horizon Methodist Church, where she spent a few years helping prepare the church newsletter. Even though Karen continually complained about the weather in northwest Oklahoma, she would tell people that it was her home and she thought it was beautiful. Adding to the beauty of living in Oklahoma was the love Karen had for her family, especially her five precious grandchildren.
Karen is survived by her husband Roger Arnold of the home; two sons, Robert Arnold and wife Michelle of Woodward, Rocky Arnold and wife Kim of Woodward; five grandchildren, Christen Sierra, Ashton Mae, Alexys Lyn, Erica Renee and Rylon Keys; her parents, Larry and Theresa Kline of Vici; four brothers, Dwight Kline and wife Denise; David Kline and wife Tina, John Kline and wife Candyce, all of Woodward, Mike Kline of Knoxville, Tennessee; mother-in-law, Larene Arnold of Woodward; three brothers-in-law, Larry Arnold and wife Carrie of Atlanta, Georgia, Jerry Arnold of Oklahoma City, Robin Arnold and wife Melanie of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Lupus Research with the funeral home accepting the contributions.
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