Karen Hope (Cole) Gatto

March 2, 1963 ~ October 13, 2019 (age 56)

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Karen Hope (Cole) Gatto, 56, of Clermont, IN passed away October 13, 2019. She was born in Phoenix, AZ to parents Ruth (Haak) and David Cole. Surviors include her partner, Greg Whitten of Indianapolis; son, David Shook of North Carolina; mother, Ruth (Haak) Smith of Arizona; father, David Cole of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Jacob, Charlotte, Hannah, Amelia. She was preceded in death by daughter, Danielle Shook; stepfather, Calvin Smith; grandmother, Mildred (Emsweller) Riegel.

Karen received her degree in Computer Science. She was employed as an account manager. She enjoyed arts and crafts.

Private Burial will take place at a later date in Milroy, IN.

Arrangements are being handled by Bell Mortuary & Crematory, Shangrila Chapel, 1444 West US Hwy 52, Fountaintown, IN 46130.

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One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you.
During your times of trials and suffering,
when you saw only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."

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