Karen Lawson, 74, died March 17, 2020, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in Little Falls in 1945, and moved to St. Paul as a child. She graduated from Murray High School in 1963.

Karen moved to Red Wing where she was a bartender and later a banquet server at the Saint James Hotel for many years before retiring in 2008. Karen embraced the small joys in life and was an uplifting companion to those who were her friends. ­Karen loved to travel and lived (briefly) in Paris, France.

She was preceded in death by her parents Emma (Olson) and Calvin Allen, and brothers Roger and Arley Allen. She is survived by son, Bradley (Jean) Wilkens, and daughter Sarah Lawson.

Celebration of her life will be held in the coming months.

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