Karen Carnes Inman, age 83, died peacefully on Monday, March 21, 2022, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after bravely fighting a brain tumor for over 4 yrs. On Wed., April 6, 2022, a funeral service will be held at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home (1737 Riggins Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308) at 12:00 pm.
There will be a graveside service on Sat., April 9, 2022,11 am, at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City (1012 S Bridge St, Baker City, OR 97814), where she will be laid to rest next to her husband of 48 years, Col. Roger Inman. Rev. Aletha Bonebrake of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will officiate.
Karen was born in Baker, Oregon, on September 16, 1938, the daughter of Kenneth Donald Carnes and Virginia Carnes (Carlson). The family moved to Portland, OR in 1941 during WWII, then returned to Baker, where Judy and Karen graduated from Baker High School.
Karen was active in many high school activities. TriHiY, Thespians, and Rainbow Girls are a few. She was selected for the National Honor Society, graduating at the top of her class in 1956. Karen then went to Portland, where she received an RN degree at Good Samaritan Hospital Nursing School in 1959. Karen then worked as a surgical nurse.
She married her high school sweetheart, Roger Inman, in June 1960 at St. David's Episcopal Church in Portland. Roger was attending veterinary school at Washington State, and they lived in college housing in Pullman, WA. Here they became parents of twin girls (Ann and Amy) in 1962. Roger earned his DVM degree in 1963 and immediately entered the Air Force, where they began their many adventures of traveling and living in many places while raising a family: Myrtle Beach, SC, Ramstein AFB in Germany, where their 3rd daughter, Jill, was born, Columbus, OH where their 4th daughter, Marla was born. They finally settled in Tallahassee, FL, in 1984, where Roger began a new career with the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Karen enjoyed traveling, RVing, fishing, cooking, birding, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family. She volunteered for many organizations such as Girl Scouts, the children's schools, and various Air Force organizations. In Tallahassee, she enjoyed volunteering as a tax consultant at a Senior Center, a voting poll coordinator, positions in the Retired Officers Wives Club and the Antebellum Statehood Crewe in Springtime Tallahassee. She enjoyed being a member of the FSU University Musical Associates & the Theater Patrons with Roger and friends.
Karen is survived by her sister, Judy Brookhart and her husband, Bob Heriza of Baker City, OR; her four daughters and their spouses: Ann and Eric Gaylord of Huntington Beach, CA; Amy and Bill Demins of Winter Park, FL; Jill Marie Inman and Ken Ryan of Leesburg, VA; Marla and Brian Blair of Tallahassee, her sister-in-law (and traveling companion), Jody Inman of Anacortes, WA. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren: Megan and Ryan Gaylord, Robert and Benjamin Landerman, Julia and Keith Inman-Ryan, Sydney Blair, and her two nieces: Janet Sutton (Inman) and Stephanie Brookhart, and her two nephews: Scott Brookhart and Craig Brookhart.
Memorial contributions can be made to:
University of Florida Neurosurgery Gift Fund
Contact Stephen A. Figueroa at 352-273-7986
United Service Organizations (USO)
PO Box 96860, Washington DC 20077
Florida State University
University of Musical Associates (F04122)
Jayme Agee, Director of Development (850) 228-8493
Cards or other correspondence may be sent c/o Ann Gaylord, 5331 Newfield Circle, Huntington Beach, CA 92649.