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KARIN BETH HOLDAWAY-LEHMAN
September 1, 1964 ~ September 17, 2013
Karin Beth Holdaway-Lehman, 49, passed from this life into eternal life on September 17, 2013, after a brave, hard fought 2-year battle with breast cancer. Her sunny smile, courageous spirit and strong faith were an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be deeply missed.
Karin was born in Auburn, Nebraska and spent her younger years in Petoskey, Michigan. In 1978, she moved to The Dalles, Oregon where she graduated from Wahtonka High School. She attended Mt. Hood Community College where she met and married Chris Holdaway, who later died of lung cancer. Karin moved with their young son Erik to Vancouver and married Charles "Chuck" Lehman. Their twins, Kaylee and Zakery, were born in 1999.
Karin loved children, was nanny for years in Portland, and operated a day care out of her home in Vancouver. She drove school and commercial buses in Oregon and Washington. She especially enjoyed driving for the deaf school in Vancouver and driving at the Winter Olympics in Canada.
Karin loved to read and was active playing tennis, softball, and soccer, plus attending all of her children's sports activities. She enjoyed camping, and especially loved the beach and going to the coast whenever she could. She recently spent her 49th birthday at the coast with her family and granddaughter Fable who adores Karin. Family and church friends recently helped make her wish come true sending all to California to visit Disneyland and Sea World.
Survivors include her husband, Chuck Lehman; son, Erik (Keri) Holdaway; granddaughter, Fable Holdaway; son, Zakery Lehman; daughter, Kaylee Lehman; her parents, Pastor Eugene and Janet Schooler; brothers, Dave (Stacie), Steve, Dan (Lorelei), and Scott (Kristin) Schooler; mother-in-law, Sharon Lehman; father-in-law, Jerry (Beth) Lehman; sister-in-law, Cathy (John) Miller; brother-in-law, Blaine (Jenna) Lehman; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Karin trusted firmly in the saving grace of her Lord Jesus Christ and looked forward to a joyful reunion in heaven with family and friends. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Vancouver.
Funeral services will be held there on Tues., Sep. 24th at 6:00p.m. A celebration of Karin will immediately follow.
Remembrances may be sent to the Pink Lemonade Project, www.pinklemonadeproject.org, or to St. John's Lutheran Pre-school.
Please sign Karin's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Sept. 21, 2013