Beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend. Karen Lynn (LaMoure) Mays went to be with our Lord on November 13th, 2018 after a brief but furiosus battle with cancer. Karen was born in Helena, MT to Gerald A. and Helen LaMoure on March 12, 1959. She lived in Helena all her life, and picked up some of her many lifelong friends all the way from primary school, up until graduating from Helena High in 1977.
Karen met Jimmie Mays shortly after high school and they had a daughter, Emilee June, in 1979. The couple went their separate ways, after a few years, and Karen continued raising Emilee.
She also was an “adopted” mother to many, as she always loved everyone for their own uniqueness. She saw something special in everyone. Karen was baptized at the Helena Cathedral. She received her First Holy Communion and was a part of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Community most of her life.
Karen worked for the State of Montana for 30 years, many departments. After retiring from the state she went to work for L&C County Road Dept. This is where she found her place. She was a go-to person. If she didn’t know how to do something she found out how to do it, and came back to you with an answer and a smile. Probably a funny remark too.
Karen had many loves; in youth she excelled at ballet, school sports, riding motorcycles and skiing to name a few. She spent many days at the lake and camping. Something she appreciated always was the beauty of things. How lucky she was to live and grow up here.
Karen truly was an amazing person. She made me better, taught me how kindness is the best part of humanity. How to be strong enough to handle anything. How love really is the best thing.
Karen is survived by; her mother, Helen J. LaMoure -brother, G. Edward LaMoure -daughter, Emilee J.L. Mays Bandoli (Jason Torick) and her extended family and many friends.
Her life celebration will be at the Skytop 3rd floor of the Howard Johnson Hotel, Saturday December 1st from 6-9 pm. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Karen’s honor to Our Place, 631 N. Last Chance Gulch or the L&C Humane Society. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Karen.