Earleen Alberteen Roark Krahn
Earleen Alberteen Roark Krahn, on Nov. 22, lost her brave fight to recover from a fall in her home on Oct. 11. Her family was at their Nan’s bedside at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., where she passed peacefully thanks to the skill and care of the staff.Earleen was born Jan. 11, 1927, in Amarillo, Texas, to Amos and Alberteen Roark. She married returning Navy serviceman E.L. Krahn Jr. in 1946, who predeceased her in 1989. They had four children: Dennis Krahn, Deborah Huber, Karen Luxton, and Konnie Krahn-Prosence. They lived in west Texas for many years before moving to Oklahoma in 1966 to begin anew in the cattle ranching business.Earleen was a loving mother/homemaker, then a secretary, bank clerk, children’s clothing store owner, and restaurateur. In her well-earned retirement, she was a keen bridge player, belonging to three bridge clubs, and a much-sought-after partner. She was also an enthusiastic football fan, cheering for the Dallas Cowboys (her home state team) and the OU Sooners (where Konnie attended university) and later the Denver Broncos (since her Colorado family followed them closely). She was an avid reader, and traveled widely, mostly to visit her children. Glenwood Springs was a place she visited often, as she loved the beauty and grandeur of the mountains but mostly to spend time with Luke (her youngest grandchild), doing anything he wanted to do. Nan returned home retelling stories of their many adventures and special memories they shared. Nan touched and enriched many lives and will be greatly missed by her loved ones far and wide.She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother. Other survivors include: son Dennis Krahn (Linda), of Aberdeen, Scotland; daughters Deborah Huber (Dennis), of Stayton, Ore., Karen Luxton (Joe), of Dallas, and Konnie Krahn-Prosence (Matt), of Glenwood Springs; four grandchildren, Kara Frank, of Oakdale, Calif., Jordan Schweiger, of Salem, Ore., Andrew Krahn, of Aberdeen, and Luke Prosence, of Glenwood Springs; two siblings, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.The memorial service was held Oct. 24 at The First United Methodist Church in Atoka, Okla., where she lived. Nan generously supported and partook deeply of the fellowship of the church. Memorial donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church (restoration fund), P.O. Box 635, Atoka, OK 74525.
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