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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