Friday, May 07, 2021

Karen Ninman, 80

| May 2, 2021 12:00 AM

Karen Ninman of the Evergreen area, passed away on Saturday, April 17 in Columbia Falls, at the age of 80, following illness for the past 1.5 years.

Karen was born to Lorraine (Beers) and Charles “Charlie” Halpain. Karen’s older brother was Duane Halpain (deceased), formerly of Hutchison, Kansas.

Karen lived most of her life in central Kansas and in southern Oklahoma. She married Howard Ninman and were married for 38 years before Howard passed away in 2003.

Following Howard's death and her retirement, Karen traveled with her dogs for camping in the U.S. and Canada. It was her love of travel that caused her to move to Montana. She lived the last 10 years in Montana, enjoying the views and changing seasons living just west of Glacier National Park. In addition to enjoying the scenery of the area, she enjoyed walking her dogs, assembling puzzles and reading.

Karen is survived by: Tony Christians and his wife Chris; Mark Christians; Carolyn Ninman, Pam Rodriguez and Beverly Spade; grandchildren and great-grandchildren — and her beloved dog, Casey.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home in Kalispell, and a graveside service is being scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd at Fort Sill Military Cemetery. Memorials for Karen may be directed to Morris Animal Foundation. They are conducting a canine cancer study cancer.

Friends are encouraged to visit the website at to leave notes of condolences for the family.