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Karen Lynn Williams (Godwin)


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Karen (Williams) Godwin


Lubbock- Karen Godwin passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life of 74 years at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 25, 2019, followed by a reception at Lake Ridge Chapel. A tribute of Karen's life may be found at, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2019


A Silent Tear

by Gaynor Llewellyn

Just close your eyes and you will see
All the memories that you have of me
Just sit and relax and you will find
I'm really still there inside your mind
Don’t cry for me now I'm gone
For I am in the land of song
There is no pain, there is no fear
So dry away that silent tear
Don’t think of me in the dark and cold
For here I am, no longer old
I'm in that place that’s filled with love
Known to you all, as "UP ABOVE"

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08/24/19 07:53 AM #1    

Dolores Turner (Turner)


So sorry to hear about Karen.  She was a very kind person.  My prayers for her family!

08/24/19 01:15 PM #2    

Sandra Lynn Bolling (Kretzschmar)

Dear Karen,

Although I can't recall a specific memory, I remember you as stedfast and dependable. Not the drama queen type, just always there, always reliable, carrying on, and doing your best. My heart is sad and sad for your family. I'll see you again at the great reunion in the realm beyond. 

Love, Sandy

08/25/19 09:26 PM #3    

Katherine A. Wearden

Karen and I began our friendship when we were in the 8th grade at Magoffin Jr. High.  We had a group of friends that did everything together. I guess we were considered a "clique" back then.  My goodness we had such good times.  We did things like eating lunch together and got in trouble more than once by throwing food around the table and on Saturday nights we would have "Spook" parties where we would gatfher at someone's home and at 10 or 11 the weekly scary movie would come on. We would turn the lights low and scream when something spooky would happen and acted as if we were so scared!  We were quite a group.  When we got to Irvin, there were a few that did not transfer there because their father was transferred to another location. Our group slowly disbanded except for Karen and myself.  We grew closer as the years went by.  One year she and I had EVERY class together and the first thing we would do when we got home was to call each other!  My mother asked what in the world we had to talk about when we had spent the whole day together?  We managed to spend at least an hour talking about the day's events. I spent many a night at Karen's home as she did at mine.  Her parents were always so kind to me and treated me as if I was another daughter. I went on vacation to Austin twice with them and  and we had such fun.  As we got older, we had few classes together and began having different friends and boyfriends.  Our boyfriends didn't seem to run in the same crowds but Karen and I still kept the phone calls pretty steady.  Karen's dad was transferred to Germany our Senior year but her mom and Karen stayed in El Paso so that we could graduate together.  Karen and her mom joined her dad right after graduation. We slowly drifted apart with our different interests and being countries apart didn't help. When Karen and her parents returned to El Paso we didn't see much of each other but her dad insisted I be in her and Mutt's wedding which I felt prividedged to be a part of.  Again, we totally lost touch until we discovered each other on Irvin's site and had been communicating with one another.  Karen and her mom and dad were a hugh part of my youth and even though we went our separate ways, the connection will always be in my heart.  I will always have a hugh warm feeling about Karen. I will never forget the fun times and the the crazy times we had as typical teenagers and the closeness we felt as best of friends.  Thank you Karen from the bottom of my heart for all those memories. I will miss you terribly.  So long for now. 

08/25/19 11:50 PM #4    

Klaus Hille



Karen Godwin passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019, in Lubbock. Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life of 74 years at 2 pm on Sunday, August 25, 2019, followed by a visitation at Lake Ridge Chapel.

Karen was born on May 14, 1945, to Joseph and Annie Walker Williams in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Karen married Milton Godwin on June 3, 1967, at Western Hills Methodist Church in El Paso, Texas.

Survivors include her husband, Milton Godwin; daughters, Jennifer Godwin, Carrie Romo and husband, Cui; Anne Rubio and husband, Jason; grandchildren, Ashlee Blanchette and wife, Briellen; Sophia Romo, Aubrie Romo, and Delilah Rubio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph, and Annie Catherine Williams.

Karen Williams Godwin loved to travel and embraced life with a hunger for new and old friends alike.  Strongly opinionated, yet graceful in her approach, her advice wasn’t always solicited, but she was always right, even when she was wrong.  She loved her family, fiercely, and they loved her right back.

She was still referred to as Mrs. Godwin or Mrs. G by many of her former students.  Her career as an English teacher spanned 32 years, and it was clear from her invitations to college graduations, weddings, and baby showers, that she touched the minds and hearts of thousands of students.

She loved her grandchildren.  She LOVED her grandchildren.  It cannot be said too many times.  She would do anything for them.  Before they were even born, she vowed to move anywhere in the world to help care for them the first years of their life, a promise she kept. And just as her love of travel around the world had won over Mutt, she looked forward to including her grandchildren in those adventures. Her family is forever grateful for the Disney Cruise; they were all able to take in June and the memories that were made. They are also so thankful for the bond Ashlee, Sophia, Aubrie, and Delilah share with their Bebe, as a result.

You were always welcome in her home and at her table. Nothing made her happier than sitting with her friends and family, laughing and drinking wine. Mutt and Karen shared 52 years of love and marriage.  Their fingerprints are all over the world; London and Italy were among their favorite places to play.  Their love is a beautiful dance to the roar of laughter from family and friends.  Mutt will always refer to Karen as the love of his life.



The family of Karen Godwin would appreciate contributions to be given to MD Anderson Cancer Center and  Covenant Health Foundation in her memory.

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