Karen “Doodle” Jane (Hyatt) Wagner departed this life on Sunday, July 3rd, 2021, in Chico, California at the age of 76. She was born in Susanville, California on March 8, 1945 to Thom and Della Hyatt and was the 5th born of 9 children.
Her family moved to Stirling City in 1959, where she grew up in a big family full of love. On June 30, 1962 her life changed forever when she married the love of her life, Leon Wagner. Doodle and Leon raised their four children in Stirling City, where they enjoyed mountain living, in a small town full of family. They hosted many family holidays where Doodle welcomed everyone. She would shop all year for goodies for the family raffle and enjoyed seeing everyone smile and pick her things first. She had a laugh that was contagious. Her giggle could light the world. Family always came first for Doodle, there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for those she loved. Family was everything.
She had many other things she enjoyed in her life… diet soda, dolls, baseball, yard sailing, bowling, but most of all, her love for Leon. She was so proud to be married to a strong and compassionate man who was devoted to family as much as she was. He was her rock.
Doodle is survived by her husband, Leon; her four loving and supportive children, Craig, Greg, Sharon and Carol; her sisters who stood by her side thru everything; Shirley, June, Lavonne, Sharon, Donna, Deloris, Kathy, Teri and her favorite little brother Tommy. She also leaves behind 11 loving grandchildren and 13 cherished great grandchildren. When she got to heaven she called her sister June home with her only a week later. That’s the power of love that her siblings had… never alone and it will continue as she is welcomed by all those who passed before her.
She told every one of us that we were her favorite… which we think is true because she found something special in all of us.
Doodle will find her final resting place at the Stirling City Cemetery on Sunday July 18 at 12pm. We will celebrate her life afterwards at Merlo Park. Please join us as we honor her legacy and share memories of how she touched our lives.