Karen Rochelle Charles Cuevas was born to Hazel and Curley Charles on April 12, 1966 in Los Angeles, California. Hazel and Curley Charles preceded her in death. After her mother passed away, she and her siblings moved to Lake Charles, LA to live with her Maternal Grandmother, Eva Grant in 1976. She accepted the Lord as her personal savior at an early age and was baptized at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She graduated in 1984 from Washington-Marion High School in Lake Charles, LA. In 1991 she returned to California and attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College where she majored in Child Development. She was a valued member of the track team and excelled as a Shot Putter, Discus and Javelin Thrower.
During her studies at LA Trade Technical College, she met the love of her life, Julian Cuevas. Karen and Julian were joined in Holy Matrimony on February 5, 1994. Shortly after Julian and Karen were married, Julian enlisted the US Army and was stationed in Korea. She joined him there. It was an experience she never forgot. After returning to the US, she concentrated on her love for children and opened a daycare for military families on the Army Base in Barstow, CA. Later she and her family moved to Las Vegas, NV. During such time, she exemplified her true passion for teaching and learning.
At age 35, she decided to return to school to fulfill her dream of becoming a certified teacher. She studied at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Education and her Master's Degree in Special Education. Upon completion of her certification, she was employed as a Special Education Teacher at James B. McMillan Elementary School, in the Clark County School District. She volunteered each year with the Special Olympics. She had an exceptional gift to motivate children to do their best. She was a compassionate teacher who demonstrated her love for students daily and worked closely with their families to ensure student success. She had penchant for 'mainstreaming' Special Needs Students. She loved to travel and didn't mind driving all across the country to visit family and friends.
The angels carried her home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Frankfort, Germany. Karen leaves to mourn her husband Julian Cuevas, her two sons, Michael Charles of Madera, CA and Marcus Stewart of Las Vegas, NV, 3 grandchildren, Malakai Stewart, Michael Charles, Jr. and Maia Charles, Mother in-law Maria Orellana and Father-in-law Juan Orellana of Arcadia, CA, 9 siblings, Brian Pete of Vacaville, CA, Felix Thomas and Sister-in-law Ann Thomas of Westlake, Louisiana, Danette Thomas of Temple, TX, Curley Lamond Charles, of Las Vegas, NV, Raynetta Charles, of Los Angeles, CA, Joseph Laneal Charles of Los Angeles, CA , Marcus Charles of Los Angeles, CA , Keith Moore of Los Angeles, CA , Tracy Charles of Los Angeles, CA, Sister-in-law Nancy Cuevas Sasaki, Odelisa Orellana and Brother-in-law Kevin Sasaki, Antonio Orellana and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, God children, cousins and friends.