By HDN Staff
SHELBY Karen Ann Fowler Ragan, 41, Brush Prairie, Wash., died at her home April 24, 2000 after a long battle with breast cancer.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Shelby.
Ragan was born Nov. 6, 1958 in Killeen, Texas to Roger and Norma Fowler.
She graduated from Shelby High School and attended college in Billings and Portland, Maine. She graduated from Eastern Montana College with degrees in elementary and special education.
She taught in Arequipa, Peru, Shelby, Santa Monica, Calif. and Brush Prairie.
She married Dan Ragan of Santa Monica, Calif. on Aug. 5, 1995. The couple lived in Santa Monica until they moved to Brush Prairie in 1996.
Ragan was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church and Bethel Lutheran Church in Brush Prairie. She was a member of the Cut Bank P.E.O., a teachers organization.
Ragan's hobbies and interests included gardening, traveling, writing, watercolor, collecting antiques, reading, cooking, entertaining, junking and collecting friends.
She is survived by her parents in Shelby; sisters, Karla Lamb of Havre, Marilyn Christiaens of Shelby; maternal grandmother, Gladys Berg of Saco; sisters-in-law Maureen Ragan Rafael and Rachel Staver; brothers-in-law, J.T. and Ben; a niece and three nephews; cousins, aunts and uncles.
A memorial fund in her name has been established to support various programs for children.