Obituary for Karen Reyner
Karen Ann Reyner passed away peacefully in her home on July 16, 2017.
Karen was born to Alpha and Ellis Reyner on February 10, 1951 in Townsend, Montana. She spent many hours at her grandparents' ranch along the Jefferson River picking vegetables and playing with the cats, calves, chickens, and pigs.
In 1958, Karen moved with her parents to Salinas, California. Her mother worked at the county courthouse and her father taught junior high school math.
Karen graduated from Salinas High School in 1969. In her second year at Hartnell College, she began dating Ed Coffman, a young man she had known since they were both in seventh grade. They married and moved to Missoula in 1971. Their first daughter, Wendy, was born in 1972.
Karen resumed her studies at the University of Montana, earning a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. She taught in Florence, Montana and substituted in Missoula District 1 before she and Ed purchased the Chimney Corner Restaurant in 1978. That same year, Karen and Ed welcomed a second daughter, Anji.
Karen and Ed ran the Chimney Corner together until Ed entered the real estate profession in 1983. Karen continued operating the restaurant until the lease ran out in 1991.
Shortly after closing the Chimney Corner, Karen joined Ed in real estate, a career she enjoyed immensely. Anji started working with Karen and Ed in 1998. Wendy owns a commercial cleaning company in Williston, North Dakota.
Karen quilted, created stained glass art, and cultivated a lifelong interest in reading. She also kayaked, canoed, rafted with her family, visited Canada and the Southwest numerous times, traveled to Tuscany, and stayed at her friends' beach house in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.
For 39 years, Karen took pleasure in walking the trails and roads of the Rattlesnake Valley, usually accompanied by Ed and one or more of the six English Springer Spaniels they looked after over the years.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by Ed, Wendy, and Anji.
There will be no services at this time. Memorials may be made to the Lambros Community Foundation (3011 American Way, Missoula, MT 59808), which helps provide food, clothing, and shelter to Western Montanans in need.
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