Karen Lee Newman Rood, 76, passed from this life on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Premier Estates Assisted Living surrounded by her family and Angels on Earth.
She was born Jan. 6, 1942 in Moorehouse Hospital in Benkelman to Alvin Purl Newman and Ruth Rose Bunning Newman, the oldest of three children.
At the age of three the family moved to the mountains near Jackson Hole, Wyo. where she enjoyed riding horses and hunting rattle snakes with her brother.
Some of her fondest memories of this period of her life were being driven to school by team and wagon, watching her dad ride in rodeos and attending Sunday services at a little log church with picnics to follow at Yellowstone National Park.
At the age of 10, the family returned to McCook and it was here that she attended Jr. High and High School.
In 1957 she met and married Robert Duane Wyman and to this union five children were born. They lived in the south central Nebraska area until the children grew and in 1976 she and Robert divorced.
For most of her adult life she worked in the medical field caring for others and in 1991 she graduated from Mid-Plains Community College with her licensed practical nursing degree. She enjoyed being a caregiver until the age of 72.
If everyone that Karen touched reached out to the person on either side, the circle would be big enough to go around the world. In 1991, she moved to Broken Bow.
She met and married Richard Rood in 1997 and they divorced in 1999.
In 2014 she moved to North Platte to be closer to family due to failing health.
She is survived by her sons, Craig Wyman of Gothenburg, Randy Wyman of Whitewater, Kan., and Todd Wyman of Coeur D Alene, Idaho; daughters, Nancy (Roger) Robinson of North Platte and Cindy Burg of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; sisters, Velva (Les) Hall of Broomfield, Colo., Carolyn Webb of Livingston, Texas, and Carol (Darrell) Goodner of Broken Bow; brothers, Timothy Parker of Albion, David Parker of North Platte, and Steve Parker of Lincoln; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Rood; parents; special mother, Velma Marie Newman; brother, James Alvin Newman; sister, Rita Jean Looney; sister-in-law, Karen Rae Newman; brother-in-law, Kirk Looney; daughters-in-law, Donna Wyman and Phyllis Wyman; and granddaughter Angie Schade.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in care of arrangements. Chaplain Richard Karr will officiate. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 6 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel.
Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com.