Age 54, of Lansing, MI, passed away January 9, 2017. She was born December 13, 1962, in Hastings, MI.

She is survived by her mother, Lucy Matson; daughter, Kacey Cates; granddaughter, Savannah Cates-Lilly; sister, Autumn Matson; 3 nieces and nephews; and her great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Cates, and her stepfather, Lary Matson.

In Karina’s own words: “I like being single. I love being a Mom of a beautiful daughter Kacey, and I love and adore being a Gamma (as my g.daughter says it) to my sweet Savannah. I love my job and my home, and spending time w/my daughter and g.daughter when ever i get the chance, they are my life and i love them both more then words could ever express.”

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Great Lakes Christian Home, 2050 S. Washington Rd., Holt. Her family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Christian Home or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel. Online condolences may be left for her family at

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    Pamela Patten Wagner Says:

    You will be deeply missed and never forgotten. I love you sis. Lots of fun memories. I am so sorry for your loss my prayers go out to all..

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