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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Karen Lea Green

  • Karen Lea Green was born June 7, 1949, to Cora Mae Wood and A.D. Wood in Fresno, Calif. She left this life to begin her eternal life in heaven on Dec. 25, 2012, in Shawnee at the age of 63.
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  • Karen Lea Green was born June 7, 1949, to Cora Mae Wood and A.D. Wood in Fresno, Calif. She left this life to begin her eternal life in heaven on Dec. 25, 2012, in Shawnee at the age of 63.
     
    She was preceded in death by her mother; father; sister, Mary Robertson, and nephew, Bryan Shaw.
     
    Surviving relatives include, her son, Nicholas Green (Meeker), daughter-in-law Courtney Green (Meeker); special son, Chad McClain (Shawnee) and his wife Fallon McClain; her grandchildren, Kaelan Green, Camryn Green, Julius Green, (all of Meeker), and Brad Straughan (Shawnee).
     
    Other survivors are her sister, Billie Shaw (Yukon); niece Tami Brown (Oklahoma City), and great-nephew Alexander Brown and great-niece Meghan Brown; niece and nephew Kyndel and Ed McDonald (Jones), and great-nephews Justin Griffin and Brock McDonald, great-nieces Crystal McDonald and Jordan McDonald; niece and nephew Jennifer and Keith Thomas (Yukon), and great-nephews Michael and Logan Thomas (Mustang), and the late Bryan Shaw.
     
    Also surviving are her brother Murray Bohannon (Santa Rosa, Calif.), and niece Kim Bohannon (Austin, Texas), and great-nephew Joseph Bohannon (Austin, Texas); niece Lori Hall (Austin, Texas), and great-nephew Bryan Hall (Monterey, Calif.) and great-niece Abby Hall (Monterey, Calif.)
     
    Children of her late sister, Mary Robertson: nieces Cory and her husband L.B. Berry (Prague); Lakyn Seeley, Langley Berry, Emersyn Berry, and Ettasyn Berry (Prague); Kennedy Robertson (Seminole) and great-niece and great-nephews Kruz, and Kamdyn Hill; nephew Donnie Robertson (Sheridan, Ill.), and great-niece and great-nephew Bross and Branna Robertson (Illinois).
     
    She also is survived by her special longtime friends Gay Johnston, Wanda Duran, Pat Mowery, Kim Morava, and Nancy Cook-Senn.
     
    Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Shawnee with Bill Carroll officiating. In accordance with her wishes, Karen’s ashes will be committed to the Rocky Mountains she loved to visit.
     
    Karen Green was known to many as the longtime news and feature writer and editor for The Shawnee News-Star. She graduated from Shawnee High School, and earned a degree in journalism from The University of Oklahoma in 1983.
     
    Over, the years, Karen’s role as Lifestyles Editor created friendships with thousands of people in their celebrations of weddings, births and other family and social events. It also provided Karen with opportunities to tell stories of unique activities, touching personal sagas and remarkable personalities.
     
    She moved into news editing posts where she designed numerous award-winning newspaper pages. She was adept at coordinating coverage of in-depth, ongoing enterprise projects, as well as breaking news events, including the Murrah Building bombing in 1995 and the terrorist attacks of 2001, and how these affected our area.
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    She had the wisdom to require reporters to examine all angles of a story and do it on deadline, yet her jovial nature kept things running smoothly as she joked about that extra edition having to wait until she fixed her hair, or the tornado would have to strike after deadline.
     
    Many are the tales colleagues share about the funny things Karen would say or do in the hubbub of the newsroom -- the cautions she would preface with “People, people, people!” The headline she rapidly rearranged at deadline one night that ended up a silly malapropism on Jay Leno’s TV feature.
     
    Many other stories are told about how Karen calmed people distraught over a news story, persons demanding retractions or investigations or coverage slanted their way. She was sympathetic and understanding, and uniquely capable of explaining news values and procedures to even the most hostile complainant. She was an encourager to strangers who reached out to the newspaper for help or solace.
     
    Perhaps Karen’s greatest contribution to the industry was mentoring young reporters. Dozens of budding newsmen and women learned from “Momma Green” how to conduct good interviews, how to find the story nugget, and how to avoid burying the lead. She scolded reporters for using “alphabet soup” acronyms or “baskets“ of overused adverbs or commas. She was vigilant about prejudicial wordage; it was vital to Karen that all people be given fair treatment in the news.
     
    She received many awards for writing and design from the Associated Press/Oklahoma News Editors Association and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists.
     
    As important as her work was, Karen’s life was about family, including her parents, siblings and nieces and nephews, but especially her son Nic, then his wife Courtney and their children. Countless stories could be told of the advice, help, shelter, food and love she gave her family.

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