Karen Layman-Dobbins

Karen Layman-Dobbins

1952 -  2006

Karen Layman Dobbins passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006. She was 53 years old. Karen was born on Feb. 26, 1952, in Fort Worth, Texas, to F. Gaines and Minnie “Tiny” Layman.

Karen moved to San Angelo with her family in 1956. She later attended public schools here in San Angelo, graduating from San Angelo Central High School in 1970. Following her graduation, Karen moved to Kingsville, Texas, where she attended Texas A&I University. In 1975, she graduated from Texas A&I University with a degree in journalism.

Karen had great love for her chosen profession and spent a number of years as the public relations director for the American Red Cross and in a similar capacity for the Port Authority in Corpus Christi, Texas. Karen deeply treasured the time that she spent in Corpus Christi. She loved the ocean and spent as much time on the beach as possible. She returned to San Angelo in 2002 to be closer to her mom. In late 2003, she met and fell in love with John R. Dobbins, and they were married on Feb. 3, 2004.

Karen was an avid member of the Democrat party and enjoyed being involved in politics regardless of the level. She also loved to read all types of books and started every morning by reading the daily news. Karen was a fan of all types of sports, and she loved reminding her brothers about past Texas A&I victories over Angelo State. Karen also loved animals, especially the numerous dachshunds she shared her home with throughout the years.

Karen was preceded in death by her father, F. Gaines Layman; and her older brother, Bruce George.

She is survived by her husband, John; her mother, Tiny Layman; and two brothers, Lanny Layman and his wife, Joni, and Steve Layman and his wife, Kacie. She is also survived by two nieces, Erin and Haley Layman; and two nephews, Jordan and Jacob Layman.

God in his infinite wisdom called Karen home to be with Him at 7:15 a.m. on Jan. 21. She had been in ill health for some time and was very tired and weak. She was loved by many, but none will miss her more than her husband, John.

The family would like to thank Dr. Chris Barnett and the many dedicated caregivers at Shannon Medical Center for their compassionate care over the past four years.

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