Poems for Sister Karen from Grandma Wilda

Karen Louise Boje is my sister. Karen (also known as Karen Spain) was born on September 10, 1959 and passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017 in Deming, New Mexico. She was 58 years, and died two days before her birthday. She went from home to Mimbres Memorial Hospital. Arrangements with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-546-0070. She is survived by daughter Sarah and her son Jedediah.  Today Wednesday, September 20, 2017 there is service and potluck for Karen at the Court House Park, 700 S Silver Ave, Deming, NM 88030 (exit 82A), at 6PM.

“It was all for the animals” In memory of Karen L. Boje

Karen  was Office Manager at Deming Luna County Humane Society, Deming, New Mexico, 2125 Onate Rd. SE, Deming, NM 88030.

karen in Deming

Karen loved animals. Granite benches with tax run $850-$1605. Depending on funds raised, we will work towards an engraved bench to memorialize Karen.  DONATE AT


“Karen managed the local county shelter for years, worked to transport animals for adoption out of state, made pet food pick up runs to help supply the emergency pet food bank, worked with numerous local rescues, worked vaccination clinics, fostered dogs, owned several and graciously helped animals in need at every opportunity.
Karen will be missed tremendously be her animal friends and family.
In honor of Karen, we would like to raise money for a granite engraved bench memorial to be located at the adoption park within DAGSHIP Rescue. It’s a lot of money, but I feel wood and plastic benches will not stand the test of time.
Every time a human visits our rescue and plays with a pup, adopts a pup or just sits under the shade tree… Karen’s words will be shared, “I did it for the animals”.
Your support to memorialize this wonderfully kind woman will be appreciated. Thank you.”


It is amazing to me that I am the oldest, yet my younger brother Steven, and now my sister Karen, have passed on. Should not the oldest die first? My sister moved from Washington to New Mexico after our mother, ‘Cindy’ Lorane Boje-Donlon-Eaton (born Dec 3 1946), passed.

Karen_Boje_Lorane_Spokane_WA_1964_mediumKaren maintained a genealogy website for her mother Lorane, and it says: Daughter of Raymond Victor Eaton and Wilda Eaton ,Wife of John Edward Donlon, III , Ex-wife of Daniel Boje , Mother of Patrick John BojeKenneth Daniel Boje (twins that died after birth, premature);David Boje;  Steven Douglas Boje; then Keven Boje, and sister Karen Boje. Our mother Lorane was half sister of Valla Isobel Brown. 

I collected some photos before our mom passed, and this one is of Karen’s family, a while back.

Karen family photo

Karen Boje (photo is Karen, Terry Manges, with children left to right Jedediah (their child together), Sarah (from Karen’s 1st marriage to Boycott) & Jerry (from Terry’s former marriage).

Karen Boje’s 1st husband Dudley Stewart Boycott (married 1975); children Sarah Ann Boycott (born Jun 25 1976) in Nyack New York. 2nd husband Terry Eugene Manges (married Nobleborough Maine in Jul 1984). Children Jedediah Zackary Manges (born May 26 1987 in Olympia WN). They are still married. Currently Karen is with with Dan Brooxshill (from TX); 14241 Country Lane, Yelm WN 98587-9150

I have some poems written by our grandmother, Wilda Brown-Eaton-Shelton (born Jan 28, 1902 to William Henry Shelton and Virginia Tuttle, who cross on The Oregon Trail by covered wagon to Goldendale, Washington, from Iowa).

Wilda married at age 16 to Raymond Eaton, still in Goldendale Washington in 1920, then remarried to Percy Brown, a forest ranger. Two of Wilda Brown-Eaton-Shelton’s poems are for her granddaughter, Karen Louise Boje:


Little pink Fairy, whence came you a far?

Was it out of the Iceland, where fairy queen dwell?

Or perchance it was from the sky azure blue, where fairy angels a kiss did us blow.

Then when it was wafted on a white little cloud.

Twas then we knew you dwelt there with god.

In his great love for us here on the Earth.

He sent us little Karen

His angel of Smith.

— Grandma WB 1959 (Wilda Brown)

KAREN’S 12th “71”

Birthdays are in horror of the one who is a year older. That means one step up on the ladder of life.

More knowledge of the joy of living of loving and yes of sorrow and disappointment and deprivation.

But most of all that new souls are born each day others grow old pass on. So each year you grow in character and personality as well as in physical size charm and beauty.

You are a loving seat girl I am proud to cll you my granddaughter.

I know you will surmount all the obstacles of life and the world with all its mystery and wonder.

Nothing is too great a burden for each of us to carry as we are strong and endure as long as we live.

So keep your smile and be happy and many many more birthdays

I will never forget your 12th and Tammy’s too.

In the few years I have left my hope is to see all my grandchildren young women and men.

— Love Grandma (Wilda Eaton Brown, Mother of ‘Cindy’ Lorane (Eaton) Boje Donlon, who is mother of Karen Louise Boje

 more about Karen Louise Boje here.