Karen Sue (Leavitt) Choate, a resident of Avamere Court, passed away Thursday, Dec. 7.

Karen was born to Jacob Hamblin Leavitt and Anna Minerva Potter on Jan. 30, 1943, in Las Vegas. She often recalled the family sitting on the porch and watching mushroom clouds of atomic bombs tested fifty miles of her home north.

When she was 18, Karen met an airman from Stayton, Ore., stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. She and Chuck Choate were married July, 8, 1961. Upon his discharge they moved to Oregon where lived in Salem, Corvallis, Hillsboro and Keizer during the last 55 years. Together they raised their son, Kevin.

In July 2006, she moved to  Avamere Court at Keizer and there is no doubt that she lived as long as she did because of the quality, professionalism and love of the Avamere staff.

She is survived by her husband, Chuck Choate; son, Kevin Choate; daughter in-law Zoie Choate;  grandchildren Charleigh, Paul and Amber Choate; and great granddaughter Audrey Choate.

Visitation will be on Friday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17, from 11 a.m. till service time at 2 p.m. at Keizer Funeral Chapel.