Karen M. (Jacobson) Boylen

Born: Sun., Feb. 6, 1938
Died: Mon., May 18, 2015

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Fri., May 29, 2015
Location: Pendleton Free Methodist Church

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Karen Margaret Jacobson Boylen

February 6, 1938—May 18, 2015


Karen M. Boylen, 77, a resident of the Pendleton, died May 18, 2015 peacefully in her sleep. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday May 29th, at the Free Methodist Church located at 1711 SW 44th in Pendleton. A private family internment will be held at Olney Cemetery. Karen was born in Heppner, Oregon to Dallas and Esther Jacobson, the eldest of three siblings. She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1956 and attended Oregon State University and Eastern Oregon University. She met her husband, Bruce Boylen, and they were married in September 1961. They lived in Pendleton until Bruce, in his management positions, was moved first to Ohio then to Pennsylvania and finally to corporate offices in Riverside, CA. Upon retirement, they moved to a home in Grass Valley, CA where Bruce was the architect and Karen did the entire design and color scheme. For six years they enjoyed their efforts then moved to Bend, OR and finally on to Pendleton, as they had planned. In high school and college Karen pursued her love of dance and art. She was a major dancer in the production of Brigadoon at EOU. Karen also was an ardent golfer, but chose mostly to pursue her earlier interest in beading. Never one to promote her exquisite talent, she was featured artist twice in Beads and Buttons, a national magazine on beadwork. Her purses became legendary among friends and family and some she gave away until family protested. Karen and Bruce traveled extensively to Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Germany, France, Ireland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and often Hawaii. She was active in the Jr. League of Riverside, Ca, specifically promoting children in need. While in California she was two times President of the large charity group, Assistance League, again promoting the needs of children. While in high school, Karen was stricken with polio and ten years ago with post polio dementia. Karen is survived by her loving husband, Bruce of 54 years, children Callie Sands, her husband Charles, Tim Boylen, his wife Christina; grandchildren Sean, Erica, and Jacob; sister Kristan McBath, her husband Jerry and brother Rick Jacobson, and his wife Lana. She had many nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Cancer Foundation. Sign the online condolence book at burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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