Karen Louise Boyles, a long-time Hawthorne resident passed away at the age of 58 on April 10 after battling breast cancer for many years.
Born to Melvin and Vada Gruwell on Oct. 5, 1960 right here in Hawthorne, she raised her children as well as her grandson in the town she called home.
Karen was a Serpent alumni, graduating from Mineral County High School in 1978. She would go on to become a military policewoman, one of the first to serve in that division, for the United States Army, a position she was quite proud of.
Later in life, Karen went back to school, graduating with an associate’s degree from Western Nevada Community College.
Her volunteer work was expansive. She served on CAHS board, Mineral County Library Board, Mineral County Park and Recreation Board, was a coach for the Hawthorne Stingray Swim Team as well as other positions throughout Mineral County. She could be found each summer teaching children how to swim at the Hawthorne Pool. She had the patience that many children needed while learning how to be comfortable in the water.
When she wasn’t volunteering, she held down a full time job with the Mineral County just short of 25 years of service, retiring less than a year ago to spend time with her family.
Besides her children and grandson, she loved all things Disney – having just returned from a trip to the “Happiest Place on Earth” the week prior; sharing the knowledge of doTerra oils; traveling all over including Ireland and spending time with family. Hawthorne was her home and she was passionate about the community.
She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin Gruwell; her mother, Vada Gruwell and brother, William Merill.
Those left to cherish the memories of Karen are son, Mickey Boyles III; daughter, Christina Boyles; grandson, Mickey Boyles IV; sister, Sue Banks and brother-in-law Mike and family and sister, Neva Faneuf and family.
A funeral for Karen will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawthorne.
It was Karen’s wish that donations in her memory be made to Hawthorne Animal Control, PO Box 2290, Hawthorne, NV 89415.