Karen Pruitt

Karen Elaine Pruitt

Monday, January 13th, 1947 - Friday, March 27th, 2020
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Karen Elaine Pruitt, age 73, of Temple passed from this life during the morning hours of Friday, March 27, 2020 at her home with her family by her side. Born in Bryan, Texas on the 13th day of January 1947, Karen was the daughter of Samuel and Nadine (Dodds) Restivo.

Karen grew up in the Bryan area. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan and would go on to attend business school in Houston. She married Norman Pruitt in Caldwell, Texas on October 16, 1970. The newlywed couple would set out to build a home and raise a family together that would eventually include 2 sons and 1 daughter. Karen worked for Leon Heights Elementary School for over 10 years as a special education teacher then would spend 15 years at Dillard’s Department Store until her retirement. She loved to dance, make arts and crafts and taking evening walks. Above all she loved her family and life; she loved spending time with her children and grandchild, and she loved holidays with all the family spending time together. Karen was a devout Catholic and knew of her eternal reward in heaven when her time here was complete. Karen has lived in Bell County since 1985.

She is preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother James Restivo and 1 sister-in-law Lena Restivo.

Karen leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband Norman Pruitt of Temple, sons Samuel Pace Pruitt and Gene Pruitt both of Austin and her daughter Adina Pruitt-Lozano of Dallas. She also leaves her granddaughter Justice McKenzie and several brothers and sisters.

A private family service and burial will be held later in the week. She will be buried at Wilson Valley Cemetery in Little River - Academy.

Hewett-Arney Funeral Home of Temple is entrusted with the arrangements.
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    Wilson Valley Cemetery
    Wilson Valley Road
    Little River-Academy, TX 76554
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Andy Lozano

Posted at 05:26pm
Hello everyone this is Andy Lozano, Adina’s husband. I want you all to know the sadness in my heart for the loss of your wife, sister, mother, Aunt and friend. Karen was a beautiful soul. She loved her family and her siblings. She talked about her family all the time and Always shared memories and stories of you all.
I know Linda had stated to me that some family did not want to send flowers, rather to donate to a cause/cure. Karen loved St Jude Children’s hospital especially what they stand for and who they help. I created a link if you would like to donate in memory of Karen.
For the ones that sent flowers, plants, and planted trees we thank you all for those that had given.
For those that have reached out to Norman we thank you as well.

Thanks in advance.

Lana Cangelose

Posted at 10:20am
I had the pleasure of meeting Karen in high school in Bryan and we soon became good friends... She was a very sweet and kind person and I cherish the time we had together. As we graduated we drifted apart as she got married and moved and I got married and moved to Houston. We did see each again in Vegas with my nephew got married and have a picture of her and some of her sisters there. May your sweet memories last forever as our Lord prepares a place for her in heaven !!!! Lana Cangelose

Bob Burt

Posted at 04:53pm
She was such a friendly classmate God Bless Her

Linda Restivo

Posted at 06:49am
A love poem for my sister, Karen:

My dear sweet sister, how I remember the days when we were young,
Not a care in the world just enjoyed having fun.
As time went by we tied the knot, had kids, and ...,
Now as we grow older, our health at risk,
We learn to accept our limitations and not walk too brisk.
There are still so many things to say and do;
But I promise you this, to treasure my sweet sister and never be blue.
For I am truly blessed that God gave me you.
My dear sweet sister Karen, I love you.

My prayers are always with you,
Your sister, Linda

Denise Degelia DeLuke Posted at 06:19am

Linda. So sorry for your loss. Denise Degelia DeLuke

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Posted at 06:55pm
With loving memories of "Karen Pruitt", Sharon and Charles Phillips, Jackie Hays and Rip Martin, Irene and Jeff Woods, Nicki and George Pittman
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