Judith Karen Johnston, 75, resident of Bartlesville, passed away in St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa on Friday, November 18th, 2016.
Karen was born on September 5, 1941 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the daughter of J. Robert (Bob) Bowers and Nellie J. Bowers. She spent her growing up years in Bartlesville and Graduated from College High in 1959. She furthered her education with studies at both Tulsa University and Oklahoma State University pursuing a career in Art. She was married to K. Michael Clark on June 9, 1962 in Bartlesville and had six children Tyler, Kyle, Shawn, Thad, Sean and Cameron. After her first marriage ended, she was re-married to H. Dee Johnston on May 16, 2008.
She grew up in the First Christian Church and later converted to being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served her church faithfully in many callings for the adults and youth. She had a very enormous, infectious personality and loved to be with others. Her presence never went unnoticed and her personality always seemed to fill the room. She loved the arts, gardening and decorating and she helped many friends with suggestions and consulting to improve their homes and gardens. Karen had a special fondness for the mountains of New Mexico, and she traveled there as often as she was able.
She was preceded in death by her parents, twin sons Dustin Kyle and Kevin Shawn who passed prematurely and a sister, Kathryn Louise Bowers.
Survivors include her children, W. Tyler Clark and his Partner Derek
Harrison of Innsbrück, Austria, K. Thad Clark of Bartlesville, C. Sean Clark
and his wife Tisha G. of Pelham, NY, and R. Cameron Clark and his wife
Alison B of Bartlesville, and her granddaughter, Alexis Reaves Clark, a
brother B. Kirk Bowers and his wife, Loretta L. of Peggs, a sister Christa
R. Thompson and her husband W. Craig, of Broken Arrow. Karen was blessed
with 20 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Karen's name may be sent to the Bartlesville Art Association, 201 S. Cherokee Ave., Bartlesville, OK 74003.
A Memorial Service for Karen will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, November 23, 2016 in the Church of Jesus Christ Chapel at 1501 S. Swan Drive in Bartlesville, Oklahoma under the direction of Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home.
Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home
710 Southeast Dewey
Bartlesville, OK 74003
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Nov. 22 to Dec. 21, 2016
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