Karen Ruth Workman, 61, passed away in Missouri on August 8, 2019.
She was born in Ventura, California, on October 25, 1957, the youngest daughter of Billy and Jane Fields. Her siblings remember her as the sweet, loving, sunshiny little sister who became the leader of mischief.
She was a daddy’s girl who loved playing baseball and begged to go hunting and camping with the boys. Karen followed in her father’s footsteps and became a heavy equipment operator. She was proud to be one of the early women operators.
Her life was difficult at times, but she loved her family dearly and was a loyal, loving, and caring person to her family and friends. She was a spitfire. She was fun loving. She could be loud and she didn’t back down. She worked hard and partied harder. She acted tough to survive but she was really tenderhearted. When her parents died she became the core and the glue that held her five siblings together, just like her mother had done.
She loved family BBQs and gatherings, canoeing, playing pool, darts, reading and antiquing.
She was preceded in death by her beloved Grandma Tommie, her parents, and brother Karl Mark Fields.
She is survived by her sisters, Billie Jane and Bill Downing and Morra Jo Mitchell; brother, Fritz Alan Fields; and daughters Brandy and Manuel Martinez and Bonnie and Nick Gomez. Her grandchildren include Violet Gomez (Bonnie), grandsons Izic and Caitlyn Martinez with great-granddaughter Ivory, and Joseph and Cassandra Kozak with great-granddaughter Penelope and great-grandson, Kalvin.
Her life was celebrated by her family.