Karen Darlene Bellingar
1957 - 2016
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May 25, 1957 ~ June 5, 2016
"Karen was a strong, feisty and caring woman
who loved life and was an active participant."

Karen Darlene Bellingar, 59, of Vancouver, WA, passed away peacefully after an amazing and valiant effort to recover from cancer. She was born May 25, 1957 at Emmanuel Hospital, Portland, OR. She was an only child. During her early childhood years, the family lived in Alaska; later moving to Vancouver, WA in 1969. Karen attended Evergreen High School, graduating in 1975.
After graduating, she continued her education at Clark College. Karen began working in the Evergreen School District Title I Reading programs as a para-professional in 1986. She became proficient in working with children and had a special heart for students in need of an extra touch!! Heathwood Elementary became her home-away-from-home as she was not only involved in their PTA but worked there her entire career.
Karen loved and enjoyed her family. They were paramount in her life. She enjoyed camping, fishing and going to the beach to clam with her son, Ryan, and grandsons, Garrett and Blake. She was very creative and loved working on crafts. Karen was involved in PTA and in Boy Scouts helping her son become an Eagle Scout. Karen loved her friends, outdoors, animals, playing cards, and casinos.
Karen is survived by son, Ryan of Battle Ground, WA and his father, Raymond Crisman; and grandsons, Garrett and Blake of Battle Ground, WA.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Darlene Ione Hammill.
Please join the family at Evergreen Memorial Gardens on Sat., June 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate this amazing lady. There will be a reception after this service, followed by a graveside service at Park Hill Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Visitations will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens on Thurs., June 16th, 12:00-9:00 p.m. and Fri., June 17th, 10:00-9:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Karen would appreciate your donations go to the Clark County Humane Society, American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.
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Published in The Columbian on Jun. 14, 2016.
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9 entries
May 30, 2019
she was and will always be my dearest friend. i miss her every day, from our light night talks to crafting for christmas bazaars. oh i truly miss our conversations . on life, grandkids, and everything in between. i have moved east to upstate ny now. we had a dream of driving route 66 i did the dream without her but thought of her every mile. i really had a twisted sister in spirit. never forgotten
ellen freville
June 21, 2016
I have had the pleasure of knowing Karen for almost 25 years. She was funny, smart, a good friend and a tireless advocate for children. She served as a liaison between PSE and her school for most of those years. I will miss you Karen...Sing with the angels until we meet again! Jan Wilson
June 20, 2016
Thoughts and prayers are with Ryan and sons. I knew Karen from childhood, as her mom and mine were childhood friends. My kids knew her from Hearthwood. She touched a lot of lives. She will be missed.
Debora Tyler
June 18, 2016
Karen was the most REAL person i have ever known. I think that was why she was so good with kids. she was not a fake, and they knew it. So many fun memories our adventure trips to the ocean. taking a back road just to see where it would take us. and the Beany baby runs to McDonalds, to get the entire set. and figuring out what to do with all those happy meals.

Karen was amazing with her knowledge of so many things, from flowers to digging for clams to scoring perfect on the college test for work. she knew so much and yet she was sweet, and funny, and loved her family and those grandboys. Ryan all ways let them know they were special to her. the ocean and all those wonderful camping vacations. OH my dear friend, how I miss you. I know you are in another place now. I know your pain is gone.

Karen you touched so many of us and we are better for knowing you..
Elly Freville
June 16, 2016
Karen was smart, kind, creative and had a great sense of humor. She was my friend for many years and I will miss her. Many prayers for Ryan and his boys.
Marsha Edwards
June 14, 2016
Karen was a wonderful person and she was great with the kids. She will be missed.
June 14, 2016
I have known Karen for about 50 years. She was the most amazing woman I have ever had the pleasure to meet and call my best friend. I have many great memories of many camping trips with Karen, rain or shine. Clam digging in the dark, playing bingo and going to movies at Kiggins theate r. I will never find a better cribbage and backgammon opponant in this lifetime. She will be missed by everyone she touched. I not only lost my friend, I lost my sister. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ryan, Garrett and Blake.
Kathy Meier
June 9, 2016
I worked with Karen at Hearthwood Elementary School for several years. She was a wonderful person and awesome with kids. My prayers and thoughts are with you Ryan.
Donna Peterson
June 8, 2016
Ryan so very sorry to hear about your moms passing. She was a wondrful mom, grandmom, and friend. I enjoyed working with her at hearthwood. I hope you have a heartful of loving memories of your mom. She will be missed. Everyone loved her so. Prayers......BerniKK
Berni Christensen
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