Karen Lanae Davis, affectionately known as "Yaya", was born on April 9, 1965, to Joann Patton and Alfred Lee Davis Sr. in Hawthorne, California.
Karen attended 74th Street Elementary school in Los Angeles Cs, Inglewood school district' LA School in the 11th grade to have her son, Douglas Brown Jr. After having her son, she returned in 1983, to obtain her high school diploma from University High School in Los Angeles. Karen also attended Southwest College earning several credits in business administration.
Karen lovingly gave birth to her son, Douglas Brown Jr. in 1982, followed by her daughter, Ishamina Walker, in 1983. Karen later marry Darryl Sullivan and moved to Cleveland, OH. Through their union, she went on to have three more daughters: Damita Sullivan in 1985, Denise Sullivan in 1987, and Delicia Sullivan in 1989.
Karen and her children eventually moved back to California in May of 1991. It was at this time she rededicated her life to God. Karen became a member of Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, and was baptized there. She volunteered to help with her daughter's drill team after work from 1996 to 1997.
Karen was diagnosed with Lupus which, she fought bravely until her untimely death on January 12, 2021. Karen had a multitude of talents, working in several industries over her career. She worked for companies such as: Los Angeles unified School District, H&R Block, Century 21, and Triwest Healthcare Alliance for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. At her last job, she was in a supervisory role.
In 2002, Karen moved back to Las Vegas, NV. Karen loved her family and friends. She enjoyed having everyone together for family game nights and "just because" gatherings. She was a poet, and she loved crocheting blankets, along with solving problems. Karen was a phenomenal cook, an avid reader, and an author, who was writing an autobiography. She was a rock to so many people, and it was family or friends, that could always count on her to help.
Karen leaves to cherish her life, her mother, Joann Turner, her sister, Tracie Skinner, brother, Derrick Hall, brother, James Turner III, five children: son, Douglas Brown Jr., daughters: Ishamina Walker, Damita Sullivan, Denise Sullivan, and Delicia Sullivan, seven grandchildren: Even, Shelbi, Jayden, Journie, Gie, Jazelle, Genay, and a host of family and friends.
Karen now resides in heaven with her grandmother, Sudie Patton, father, Alfred Lee Davis Sr., step-father, James E. Turner Sr., cousins, Ernest C. Tibbs Sr., and Jerrold Patton; and granddaughter, Nia Hadley.