Karlene Palmer Valadez passed on quietly at home early Saturday, November 19, 2016 following a valiant eight month embracing of lung cancer.

Karlene was born June 4, 1960 at Mercy Redding, California to Howard and Cora Sue Palmer. During her first year they moved to Coffee Creek where she grew up and attended Coffee Creek Elementary School.

After five years with her mother in Novato and Saint Helena, they returned to Coffee Creek in 1975 and Karlene graduated from Trinity High School in 1978.

Virtually raised on a horse, she never lost her love of Nature and life in these beautiful mountains of Trinity and Siskiyou Counties. Choosing not to go to college, she became an accomplished finish carpenter, electrician and cabinet maker.

In 1981 Karlene married David Valadez of Ajijic, Mexico. They raised two sons in Mt. View, Montgomery Creek, Callahan and Etna. On French Creek they homesteaded and built a home of their own.

Karlene was preceeded in death by her father, Howard Palmer in 1975.

She leaves her mother and stepfather, Cora Sue and Michael Swords of Castella, California; son, Arely Valadez (US Navy), his wife Kyoko and son Hiro of San Diego, California; son, Amyel Valadez and wife Megan of Fort Jones, California (both USFS); ex-husband, David Valadez of Shasta Lake City, California; and caregiver Nancy Bolick of Etna, California.

Karlene will long be remembered for her keen intelligence, good humor, and being an avid reader.

She was always the No. 1 advocate for her sons’ education and development. And to all who befriended her, there is an invisible connection that shall always last.

Both in life and in death she remained true to her Path, always with a positive attitude. We will never be the same as we were before this loss, but as Ever so much better for having someone so great to lose!

On December 13 at 7:30 a.m. a Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered at Saint Rita Church in Fairfax, California.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Callahan Grange Hall at 1 p.m., potluck meal to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Madrone Hospice of Yreka.