On February 10, 2019 Karen Sauter Parkins lost her yearlong battle with cancer. Karen was born on December 3, 1958 in Billings, MT to Mary Leahy and Earl Sauter. Her whole life was spent living in Billings area.
Karen’s most favorite thing in life were her grandkids. She spoiled them rotten with gifts, homemade cookies, outings, and several trips to the Montana fair (in just 7 days), and so much love.
Her second love in this world was gardening, and she was so good at it. She spent her springs and summers growing and nurturing a garden that took up half of her backyard. Not only did Karen grow many different vegetables (that she later on would can), but her flowers were the most gorgeous floral arrangements any of us have ever seen.
Karen was always so smart and something about numbers, computers, and problem solving just made complete sense to her. She put herself through college while having all 4 of her boys still at home. She graduated from MSU-Billings with an associate’s degree in Applied Science and a BA in Science and Information Systems. She took her education and strong skill set to Summit National Bank.
Throughout the last year of her life, Karen became quite the avid BINGO player. She went almost every Wednesday night with her mom, sister, son (Justin) and great friend, Rhonda.
She is preceded in death by her dad, Earl Sauter; step-dad, Bill Heiser; and sister, Rosemary. She is survived by her mom, Mary; five siblings: Corrine, Tammy, David, Carrie, and Judy. Karen was blessed with four boys: Dallas III (Karrie), Justin, Eric, and Daniel (Kaitlyn). Between her boys she had nine grandchildren, all of whom she loved with all of her heart. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Animals always held a special place in Karen’s heart: she loved her cat, Turtle and adored her rescue dog, Lela. They too were very much a part of her family.
We all love her so much and will miss her dearly. We are all are glad she is no longer suffering in pain and is at peace in Heaven.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday February 16th at 2 PM at the VFW in the Heights (637 Anchor Ave).