Karen E. Credgington, 77, passed away at her home in Tacoma, Washington, Monday, June 8, 2020, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
Karen was born Oct. 18, 1942, in Cherokee, Iowa, the daughter of Wilbert L. and Helen M. Reitz. In 1944 the family moved to Carroll where her father joined the Carroll Daily Times Herald as managing editor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. Surviving Karen are her husband, Nicholas; daughter, Kristen (husband, Bill, grandchildren, Clare, Theo, and Amelie); son, Alex (wife, Leslie, grandchildren, Cailie and William); sister, Carole Meyerholtz (husband, Randy, grandchildren, John, Paul and Ronald Kennedy, and Scott Meyerholtz); and a brother, Robert (wife, Karen).
Karen attended Carroll Community Schools, graduating in 1960. Following graduation, she completed a bachelor’s degree in sociology and religion at Buena Vista College. While there, she met her future husband, Nicholas Credgington.
Karen and Nicholas were married on Aug. 20, 1966, at the United Methodist Church in Carroll. While her husband was in the U.S. Army, Karen accompanied him to Fort Benning, Georgia, and eventually to Fort Lewis, Washington. They made their home in Tacoma for many years, moving in 2002 near Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where Nicholas was director of soldier shows for the Army. In 2008 they returned to Tacoma where they retired.
While their children attended Annie Wright School, a private boarding school in Tacoma, they often volunteered to help with various school activities. In 1980, Karen was hired by Annie Wright, eventually becoming director of housing for the school. She remained in that position for 20 years. In addition to her responsibilities overseeing housing and meal preparation, she organized and hosted banquets for special guests who visited the school. Two noteworthy guests were former First Lady Barbara Bush and South African cleric and human rights activist Desmond Tutu.
The family will create the Karen Credgington Scholarship for students attending Annie Wright School. Memorials may be sent to Scholarship, 1416 N. Highland St., Tacoma, WA 98406.