Karen Wainscott

karen wainscott

Karen LaRae Wainscott (Anderson) died in a fatal car crash on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 near Mentor, MN.

Karen was born in Moorhead, MN to Clayton “Bud” and Bette Anderson. She graduated from Moorhead High School and went on to marry James Wainscott in August of 1974.

Growing up she babysat for many of the neighbors and loved to be at the lake. Karen was actively involved with Camp Emmaus - her favorite thing to do at camp was kayaking and taking long trips down the river. Karen was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead and attended that church as a child. Karen started off working for Meritcare in the records department and continued on with different jobs throughout the years. She loved having new experiences and meeting people. She was a hard worker. In most recent years, Karen worked at the Fargo Senior Commission where she served dinners to the senior citizens and made an abundance of friends. She loved to attend dances in the Fargo-Moorhead area and did that as often as she could. Karen was a very special woman and had a huge impact on everyone - she touched the lives of many people. She always had a giant grin on her face and her laughter was contagious. Helping people was her goal in life and she took great pride in that. Whether it be delivering Avon or cheering on the Vikings. Karen was all about family - her children were the most important people in her life along with the rest of her family. She was always organizing family events and making sure everyone stayed close. Karen recently lived with her special friend, Dan Baker, out in the country where she enjoyed relaxing outside, watching the deer go by, and taking in all that mother-nature had to offer.

Karen was preceded in death by her late husband, James Wainscott; her grandmother, Olga Gettel; and many other dear relatives. She is survived by her parents, Clayton "Bud" and Bette Anderson of Moorhead; her son, Troy Wainscott of Fargo; her daughter, Lisa Wainscott (Eric Gault) of Fargo; her brothers, Terry Anderson of Fargo and Rick (Jodi) Anderson of Glyndon, MN; Also surviving are her special friend, Dan Baker of Glyndon;  and his daughters, Trisha Baker of Fargo; and Katie (Bryan) Salma of Wisconsin; two  nieces and one nephew; along with five great nephews and a great niece.

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  1. fargo ndmy prayers goes out to the family. she was a very good friend to us and she will be miss. i know what you guys are going thourgh because our mother pass away. it’ll be two years. but remember the good times you had with her and if you need to talk just email me and we will talk.

  2. Fargo ND
    My sympathy goes out to Karen’s family. I did not have a chance to meet Karen but am an acquaintance of her son, Troy. Troy, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Fargo N.D
    .Karen was a special person. She will be
    miss by a lot of people who knew her. She was a nice person and also she was a good neighbor.

  4. Moorhead MN
    Rick and family, we are saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you, especially at this time.

  5. Mesa AZ
    Bud, Betty, & the Anderson Family.
    So sorry to hear of your loss. I worked
    with Bud a lot of years. So dear friends,
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
    May god bless the Anderson at this time.

  6. Fargo ND
    I started a new job two years ago and Karen worked in the same building. She immediately came to my office and introduced herself to me and we became very good friends. We were always laughing about something. I will miss that friendly smile and her good sense of humor. She could always make my day brighter. Her co-workers adored her!

  7. Longmont COBud, Bette and family,

    There are no words to express my sympathy to you all for the loss of cousin Karen. Karen always had a smile on her face and we would always enjoyed a laugh or two when we would get together at family gatherings. Virginia also thought the world of Karen and they are now both together in God’s hands.

  8. Horace ndTo Karens family
    We are so sorry to hear about Karens tragic accident. She will be missed by many many people. She truly would light up a room with her big smile and contagious laughter. She was so fun to be around. Guess God needed another angel and he now has Karen. Glad she was a part of our lives. Don and Gloria Fornes

  9. Papillion NebraskaBette, Bud, Terry, Rick, Troy and Lisa

    I’m sorry to hear about the accident which took Karen from us all too soon. Karen (My Godmother) was very special not only to me growing up but to the many whom she met along her way.

    She will be deeply missed but never forgotten as she’s laughing aloud above us with great-grandma Olga, Jim and of course Champ!

    God Bless you all.

  10. el Pescadero BCS MXI was so saddened to read of Karen’s passing in the Forum. Memories of Bluebirds, Campfire and walking home from Sharp School came flooding back. My prayers are with all of her family and friends. God bless! Barb

  11. El Cajon CABud, Bette, Terry, Rick, Lisa and Troy,

    I was devastated to hear the news of Karen’s far too early death. I wish I could wrap my arms around you all to share the love and comfort I am sending your way. I will always think of Karen with her infectious smile. I don’t think anyone could be in her presence without smiling, too.

    You are all in my prayers.

  12. Fargo ND
    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Karen a few years ago at HISC. She has such a wonderful smile and could brighten up a persons day in minutes.

  13. Vadnais Heights MN
    I am so glad I got to see Karen at the Dudrey Court reunion last fall. Her smile is as infectious as ever. I don’t think you ever saw Karen without the great smile.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Losing a loved one so suddenly is so sad.

    Joan Kruse

  14. Moorhead MN
    I am sorry to hear about your loss of Karen.

    I wanted you to know that Karen babysit us when we were kids. I remember that if we didn’t get along she would make us hold hands and sit in the same chair until our parents came home. I also remember all the crafts that we did during the holidays.

    It was great having her around the corner from us when we were growing up.

  15. Carlton MN
    For all of Karen’s Family,

    I am sorry to hear of the sudden loss of Karen. Words can not express the sorrow that I feel for the loss of such a wonderful woman. I met Karen a year or so ago when she was working for my brother Ryan at Minnesota
    Health Systems for Filter Queen. She was easy to talk to & fun to be around. In times like these it’s so hard to say things happen for a reason. Life isn’t fair when things like this happen but God has a plan for all of us & chooses when it’s time to go. Hope that you all find comfort in the memories & life lessons Karen gave you. She’s a true angel now on her way to find erternal rest. God Bless all of you during this time.

  16. Blaine State (US Residents)*I grew up around the corner and was in Karen’s brother Rick’s class. I’m so sorry for the loss of Karen. It was great seeing her at our neighborhood picnic last summer and I noted that she still shared her infectious laughter . She will be missed.

    I’m sorry that I will not be able to attend her memorial in person, but I will say a prayer for Karen and will be there in spirit.

    Peace be with you,
    Bruce Wenner

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