December 23, 2013

Karen Elaine Sturgis Dean

— Mrs. Karen Elaine Sturgis Dean, 61, of Dalton, passed away at her residence Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

She was born June 19, 1952, in Gastonia, N.C., to the late Forrest and Shirley Sturgis. She married Howard Arnold Dean on July 15, 1967. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Anthony Ricky Dean.

Karen Dean is survived by her loving husband, Arnold Dean; sister, April Parrish; brother, Larry Cochran; daughter, Angel Firsdon; grandchildren, Shannon Dean, Mandy Jackson, Ashley Dean, Josh Jackson, Anthony Dean and Kevin Dean; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Kylee; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was the family angel and will forever be in our hearts.

Karen wished to be cremated.

Arrangements are by Shawn Chapman Funeral Home, Crematory and Monuments (