Karen Olney

Obituary of Karen Elizabeth Belsheim Olney

Karen Elizabeth Belsheim Olney was born in October 1940 to Elizabeth and Edmund Belsheim; she died March 10, 2024, in the loving care of her family.

Karen taught 7th and 9th grade science and health at Huntington Junior High/Middle School from 1976 until her retirement. Her love of science enriched the lives of generations of Kelso students, and there was never a committee for which she didn’t volunteer. In retirement, she loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren, and taking trips to the Canadian Rockies and the Oregon coast.

Karen graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church during her 47 years in Longview, Washington.

She is survived by daughter, Margaret Olney, and granddaughter, Elizabeth Olney; daughter, Katherine Olney Lloyd, and grandsons, Thomas Lloyd and Ryan Lloyd; brother, Ed Belsheim, and sister-in-law, Lisa Ravenholt; niece, Sophia Belsheim; and partner, Larry McDonald.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be directed to the Kelso School District Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) by clicking HERE. 100% of the funds are donated to the FCRC support youth and families in need in the Kelso School District.

A Funeral Mass for Karen will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Longview.

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