Karen Kay Cain, 79, died in her beloved hometown of Ottawa, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

Family will meet with friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Celebration of life service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at the mortuary. The family suggests memorial contributions to Alzheimer’s Association c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Karen’s Tribute Wall at www.dengelmortuary.com.

Karen was born Oct. 17, 1939, in Ottawa, the daughter of Clifford and Itha “Betty” (Baker) Haverty. She was a lifelong Ottawa resident. She was a graduate of Ottawa High School Class of 1959 and Kansas State Teachers College (now known as Emporia State) graduating with a bachelor of science in education in 1970.

Karen was united in marriage to Donald A. Cain on Dec. 7, 1956, and celebrated their 62nd anniversary last month.

Survivors include husband, Don, of Ottawa; two children, Rev. Candi Cain-Borgman and husband, Craig, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, and Cliff “Donnie” Cain and wife, Kerry, of Peoria, Arizona; brother, David Haverty and wife, Susan, of Yuma, Arizona; seven grandchildren, Zachary Klamet, Ashley Lilland and husband, Jeff, Caitlyn Lilley and husband, Brian, Makenna Cain, Carter Cain, Teagan Cain, and Brylee Cain; and great-grandson, Malcolm Lilland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Betty Haverty, and daughter, Babbi Cain.

Karen dedicated herself to education throughout her life. She began her teaching career at Quenemo High School, moved to USD 290 and continued there in various capacities until her retirement. She taught business and was principal at ECVC, created and was principal at the Ottawa Alternative School and the Franklin County Educational Opportunity Center. Karen believed that everyone deserved a chance at attending school, no matter their life’s circumstances.

She loved learning for learning’s sake, sharing her knowledge with others, the land she lived on, her family, and the Jayhawks but not always in that order. She will be missed for her laughter, her sense of fun and her constant love.