Karma J. Frank, 69, of Grandview went to be in the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Karma was born April 21, 1944 in Prosser, the daughter of Elwood and Ethel (Smith) Richards.

She graduated from Grandview High School in 1962 and while in school, Karma played the violin in the orchestra. She later attended Y.V.C.C. working to earn a degree in education.

Karma met the love of her life, Henry (Jerry) G. Frank at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo in August of 1965.

On Dec. 26, 1965 they were married at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview.

She worked for the Grandview Herald for many years and later for Central WA Realty and Insurance.

Karma decided to go back to school for her teaching degree. In May of 1986 she graduated with a Bachelors degree in education from Columbia Basin College. She worked as a substitute teacher for two years in the Sunnyside, Grandview and Mabton school districts. Karma was hired as a fourth grade reading specialist at Chief Kamiakin and later at Pioneer Elementary. During this time she began and finished her Masters degree in education through Grand Canyon University. Karma taught for a total of 17 years, before she retired. She received the Sunnyside School District Apple Award. She was also nominated and received the Washington State Christa Mcauliffe Award.

Karma was a 4-H leader from 1979 to 1980 and for many years was active with the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo, serving as the Open Class Chairman, judged bake goods in open class and judged canned goods for the 4-H division as well.

Karma was an active member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church serving as a Sunday school teacher, and part of the Ladies Bible Club. Karma was also involved in the Grandview High School Alumni Association, and enjoyed planning and organizing her high school class reunions. She enjoyed weekend trips to Portland, Ore., with her husband, as well as their travels during their retirement. Karma loved teaching children, reading, gardening, collecting, watching football, baseball, baking and making thousands of half-pint jars of jams to give away to family and friends. At Christmas ,Karma enjoyed baking, especially Christmas rosette cookies, she would stand for hours after a long day at work, frying individual rosette cookies often sending her husband, Jerry to deliver a plate to friends and neighbors.

Karma is survived by her husband, Jerry Frank of Grandview; two daughters, Diane (Dennis) Kendall of Pasco and Denise (Chad) Stafford of Williston N.D.; one granddaughter, Kaitlin Stafford; one sister, Clarene Hood of Yakima; and one brother, Earl (Evelyn) Richards of Temple, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview.

Those wishing to honor Karma's memory may contribute to Lower Valley Hospice.

If you would like to sign her on-line memorial book you may do so at

Smith Funeral Homes LTD and Crematory in Grandview is in charge of arrangements.


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