Karen Crosswhite Obituary

Karen Rae Crosswhite
Karen Rae Crosswhite

May 26, 1939 - May 4, 2017
Born in Spokane, Washington
Resided in Anchorage, AK


Anchorage resident, Karen Rae Crosswhite, 77, passed away peacefully at home on May 4, 2017 due to pancreatic cancer. Private family services will be held.

Karen was born on May 26, 1939 in Spokane Washington to Walter and Marion (Carter) Holley. She attended Franklin High School in Seattle WA with the class of 1957. On January 5, 1962, Karen and Allen Crosswhite were married in Seattle. The couple moved from Seattle to Alaska in 1972; working construction as a team in South Eastern Alaska and many villages of the Arctic. Karen started a woman- owned excavation contracting company, KC Alaska, in 1978. After many successful years, she retired In 2017 from KC Alaska. Karen always stayed busy.
Besides running her construction company, she was active in the American Legion Women's Auxiliary, Elks Club, Jobs Daughters and Women in Construction. Karen enjoyed being at home caring for her husband, spending time with family or cheering on the Seattle Seahawks and her favorite hockey team the Anchorage Aces. She had a real green thumb for gardening and her home was always filled with beautiful plants. She like traveling, reading and golfing; but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. The family stated, "She was the glue that held our family together, she taught us the true meaning of family. She always told the truth, even if it hurt. She was a confidant and advisor to many of her friends and family. She was a tremendously loving wife and a gracious amazing woman. She will be missed for her strength, her smile, her spirit and her fabulous spaghetti and delicious chocolate cake.

Karen is survived by her husband of 55 years, Allen Crosswhite; daughters Linda Ipsen of Waipahu, HI and Connie Maas of Kenmore, WA; sons James Melville of Renton, WA and James Crosswhite of Kalama, WA.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Hollie Rae Barnes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society of Alaska; 3851 Piper St. Unit 240, Anchorage, AK 99508.




Funeral Home
Cremation Society of Alaska
7216 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK United States 99507


American Cancer Society
3851 Piper St, Ste U240
Anchorage, AK United States 99508
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