Karen DeAnn Todd, age 77, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed from this life into Heaven on April 22, 2024. She was born on August 31, 1946, to Jack Ellis and Jennie Schwender in Spencer, WV. Karen lived in California, Arizona, Nevada, and settled in Colorado where she lived with her soulmate of 51 years, Charlie Todd.

Aside from being a wonderful wife and mother, Karen had many jobs, but her favorites were working at Carver Elementary School helping children and at Quantum where she was affectionately known as “Momma Todd”. She loved being with her family and friends, enjoyed reading, watching movies, and camping. She will be missed by all the lives she’s touched.

Karen was preceded in death by her mother, Jennie Davis; stepfather, Wilburn Davis; father, Jack Ellis; sister, Iris Howell; daughter, Lisa Cummings (Sam); grandson, Jeffery Howell; and daughter-in-law, Valerie Howell.

Karen is survived by her beloved husband, Charlie D. Todd; daughters, Sherri (Roger Mellies), Dena Almemar (Farhang); sons: James Howell, Charles “Chuck” Todd (Rika), Jason Todd (Rosita); grandkids: Jamie Harsh (Grahm), Kyle Mellies (Chandler), Lauryn Howell, Johsua Howell (Alicia), James B. Howell (Kristi), Sayla Todd, Mayah Todd, Aria Almemar, Lana Almemar; great-grandkids: Alison, Nora, Elijah, Asher, Isaiah; one sister, Jann Todd (Curtis); and many close friends. Karen is also survived by many nieces; nephews; a special cousin, Chet Davis; and other cousins.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2024, and a funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, all at Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910.  Private entombment will be at Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum, Garden of Angels.

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  1. My sincere condolences to family and friends.

  2. Some of my fondest childhood memories are the holidays and birthdays when my family and I would go to Aunt Karen and Uncle Charlie’s house. One memory I vividly recall is that Uncle Charlie would record the birthdays and other holidays on film to keep as memories. One thing I recall is Aunt Karen mentioned that when she watched herself on the movies she saw that as she would cut the cake and serve pieces to guests she would sometimes lick her fingers in between pieces. I guess this made her self conscious that someone might not like to have someone licking their fingers prior to serving a piece of cake. I remember thinking (I being a kid that loved birthday cake) ‘Aunt Karen, that’s the best part of the cake, why wouldn’t you lick your fingers and let that icing go to waste?’ 🙂

    That’s just a memory that has stuck with me over all these years. Karen was a great person and I could feel the love in their house and I always knew that Charlie and Karen’s house was like home away from home, I miss those days and I will miss Karen very much. I know that she is enjoying her time now with all of those loved ones that left us in the years before.

    Aaron and I send our condolences and love to all of you.
    Brian Tilson

  3. Karen was a very special sister. We were very close. I was born on her 8th birthday and we were married to brothers. I will miss her terribly. I know I will see her again in heaven someday. To her family I give my love and condolences.

  4. So sorry for your loss, Jann…. May the Lord draw especially close to you, Charlie, Curtis and family.. Ray and Linda Butterfield…🙏🙏🙏

  5. ”Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”“
    ‭‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭25‬-‭26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  6. “Momma Todd” was how I knew her too. And I can’t think of a better way to describe her. She was such a wonderful human, and will be missed dearly. All of my heartfelt love to friends and family.

  7. “Momma Todd” so many great memories of times at Quantum and then so many more after. She was so funny and loving. Thoughts and love to family and friends during this difficult time of loss.

  8. When I started dating Karen’s son , I felt like I won the lotto when I met his parents. They raised a good family and it was easy to love them and their son. I will always cherish the times I had with Karen (mom), it was easy to talk to her. Even getting out the door took half hour, lol. She always treated me like I was special. And I felt the same about her. Those who touch your lives, stay in our hearts forever. 💕 Having you in my life was a blessing, I will treasure that forever.
    Charlie (dad) and family ; I can’t imagine what you are going through, just know you are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏. Nothing can ever take away a Love the heart ❤️ holds dear.

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