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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 18:05 Written by JD Austin Thursday, 15 April 2010 17:41

MKCHObituaries never present enough to get to know a person that has left this world.  Instead you get an image of them through the places they lived and the people they left behind.

Karen was a very special person that spent her life serving others with a heart so full of love that she made anyone feel welcome - even me.  Karen was the anchor for a lot of people; she stayed grounded surrounded by chaos and made others feel safe and loved.  She was someone you could talk to about anything good or bad; she had empathy and could forgive.  She shone light into the world that persisted long after she was gone!  The sad thing to me is that I don't think she received what she needing in life a lot of times.  If anyone deserved to be happy it was Karen; maybe now she is:  In her name a children's home was created in India from her estate.

I will always miss her and love her as if she were my own mother.  She was someone extra special that should never be forgotten!  I am sure many still feel her loss.  She showed me what family should be like and I will never forget her!

 

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Karen's Obituary as it appeared in the Durango Herald in September 2006:

Karen (Clovis) Nothnagel (9/8/2006)

Durango native Karen (Clovis) Nothnagel, 55, died in Goodyear, Ariz., on Monday, Aug. 28, 2006. The cause of death was complications from heart surgery.

She was born to Howard and Clara Cundiff in Durango on Jan. 5, 1951.

In 1971, Mrs. Nothnagel moved to Arizona, where she worked as a dispatcher for the Winslow Police Department. From there, she underwent basic training, becoming the first woman deputy sheriff of Navajo County, which she regarded as one of her proudest accomplishments, according to her family.

During her marriage to Monty Clovis, the couple had two daughters. In 1979, daughter Laurie Clovis suffered severe injuries in a car accident. Mrs. Nothnagel left her career in law enforcement to care for her daughter. As Laurie's recovery progressed, Mrs. Nothnagel also worked as a special-education aide for the Mesa School District.

In 1992, she married Andrew Nothnagel. At the time of her death, the couple was living in Goodyear, where they enjoyed spending time with family and friends. They also cared for Mrs. Nothnagel's mother during that time.

"Karen was a loving wife and a lighthouse to her family and friends," her family wrote. "She was known for her generous heart, caring spirit and contagious laughter. She made everyone welcome and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren."

Mrs. Nothnagel was preceded in death by her daughter, Laurie Clovis.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew Nothnagel, of Goodyear, Ariz.; daughter Tamara Slavik of Show Low, Ariz.; brothers Phillip Wayne Cundiff of Durango and John Cundiff of San Diego; stepdaughters Jody Downs of Goodyear and Becky Schol of Longmont; one grandson; six stepgrandchildren; and two nieces and six nephews.

A memorial service was held Sept. 1, 2006, at the First Southern Baptist Church of Scottsdale. The Rev. Tommy Foster officiated. Burial took place in the Mesa City Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made in Nothnagel's name to the Christian Help Center, 385 W. Main St., Batavia, OH 45103.