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Karen Patricia Alma

November 20, 1939 ~ March 27, 2019 (age 79)
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Passed away peacefully on March 27, 2019 at The Lodge" Buffalo Hill Terrace in Kalispell, Montana at the age of 79 years.

She was born November 20, 1939 in Seattle, Washington to Gordon Bain and Audrey Bessie Lynch. As a middle child she was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother William Lynch of Phoenix, Arizona

She is survived by her husband James Alma of Kalispell. A sister Beverly (Lynch) Elliott of Whitefish, a sister-in-law Dolores (Knapp) Lynch of Kalispell, And four children Kathleen (Templeton) Sjostrom and husband Steve of Columbia Falls, Montana, Bradley Templeton of Columbia Falls, Montana, Michael Templeton of Rockford Washington, David "Skip" Templeton and wife Kim of Spokane, Washington, a step-daughter Diana (Alma) Kautzman and husband Danny of Cheney, Washington. She is a grandma to 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild, and nephews and nieces.

As a young child she grew up in Seattle and Port Angeles, Washington, before her parents moved to Missoula, Montana where she attended Paxson Elementary and Missoula County High School. After marrying at an early age, she lived in Dillon and Helena, Montana before moving to Spokane, Washington. She always called Montana her home and after Jim retired they moved there to be closer to her family.

She loved being around family and to cook especially during the holidays. As an accomplished natural artist she loved to paint and specialized in still life and landscape scenes. Her interests included antiques, and became quite knowledgable in the estate sale business which she was involved in for nearly 18 years. She had an outgoing personality, who never met a stranger and one of the biggest hearts in the world. She was always willing to give to those in need because she just wanted to see the smiles on their faces.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on April 6, 2019 at Buffalo Hill Terrace Chapel, 40 Claremont Street, Kalispell, MT.

A Memorial Grave Side Service will be held at 2:30 pm on May 4, 2019 near the small chapel at Fairmount Memorial Park, 5200 W. Wellseley, Spokane, WA

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Montana Chapter Headquarters, 3010 11th Avenue North, Billings, Montana 59101


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