Karen E. Lively, 1943–2024

Karen E. Lively of Fresno, Calif., went into the arms of angels on March 11, 2024 at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif. following a courageous battle with a long illness.

Karen was born to Warren (“Red”) and Naomi Allen on June 1, 1943 in Lindsay, Calif. In her childhood years, she made many happy memories playing in the orange groves and at her grandparent’s ranch in Lindsay.

Karen met her soul mate, Earl Lively, Jr., as a freshman at Lindsay High School. They were married in November of 1959 in Bakersfield, Calif., and were blessed with 62 years of marriage until Earl’s passing in 2021. Karen and Earl became parents to their daughter, Jennifer, in 1971 and grandparents to their grandson, Luke, in 2000.

Karen E. Lively

Karen had a strong faith, a beautifully kind soul, and a huge and generous heart. She fought incredibly hard for three years to beat cancer, and throughout that journey her determination and positive attitude never wavered. There is comfort in knowing that Karen is reunited with her love and best friend, Earl, and has been restored in the everlasting presence of God. She was truly loved and will be missed deeply by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege to know her.

Karen is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (Lively) Forse, and son-in-law, Thomas; grandson, Luke Valles; and her brother Tom Allen and his wife Patricia. She was “Auntie Karen” to her nieces and nephews, and their children. She was preceded in death by her parents, Warren (“Red”) and Naomi Allen of Visalia; her husband Earl W. Lively, Jr.; her parents-in-law Earl W., Sr. and Maybelle Lively of Lindsay; and her sister-in-law Marilyn Burchell and her husband Bill of Porterville.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 29, 2024 at 11 a.m. at the Webb Sanders & Smith Funeral Home in Lindsay, Calif., with burial to follow. A reception and celebration of Karen’s life will be held immediately afterward. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Stanford Health Care in Karen’s name, online at memorial.stanford.edu or by mail at P.O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309-0466.

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