1960-2018

Karen Ann Melton Havens passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 28, 2018 in Bakersfield, CA.
Karen was born on November 11, 1960 in Taft, CA to Jerry and Judy Melton.  Karen graduated from Taft Union High School in 1978.  She worked at Fat T’s Pizza, Southwest Ready Mix, and Braun Electric.  The final leg of her career was working at the family business, Jerry Melton & Sons Construction, INC. where she was the Office Manager and put a smile on the faces of the employees every day.
Karen loved spending time with her family and friends.  She enjoyed the glamour of Las Vegas, memorable beach trips, family trips to the lake and the ski resort where she excelled at water skiing and snow skiing.  Her nieces and nephews could always count on Aunt Karen to come bearing boxes of candy just for them on these trips.  Karen was a master at remembering everyone’s birthday and making them feel special.  She took it upon herself to remind us when hers was getting near as well, so we could return the favor.
Karen is survived by her husband, Steven Havens of Taft, CA; her parents, Jerry and Judy Melton of Taft, CA; her 3 stepsons, Tyler, Christopher, and Dylan Havens; her brother, David Melton and wife Kim of Bakersfield, CA; brother, Steven Melton and wife Robyn of Taft, CA; brother, Baby Gregory Melton and wife Tabi of Taft, CA.  As well as her mother-in-law, Chris Brackeen of Taft, CA; brother-in-law, Kenny Havens and wife Sharon of Taft, CA; and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and cousins.  Karen is preceded in death by her brother Paul and sister Linda.
Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at Greenlawn Southwest, 2739 Panama Ln. Bakersfield, CA on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. at West Side Cemetery in Taft, CA with a reception to follow at New Hope Temple.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Karen’s life.