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    Austin, TX 78703

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Dear Walter and Family,
I only just learned of my friends passing. I just read what everyone else has written and find myself deeply saddened. I guess I thought she would beat the cancer. That if anyone could, it would be Karen.
She made my day, truly, every time she walked through the door of my store. Her smile will be with me forever. I am so sorry for your loss. For all our loss of such a special person. My deepest condolences.

Posted by: Trey Massengale - Austin, TX - Friend   Feb 08, 2013

Interning for Karen was my first real job. As a nervous 17 year old entering the workforce for the first time in my life, Karen was the most wonderful, understanding, passionate and patient teacher I have ever known. And although I might not have ended up in the interior design industry, the basic life lessons she taught me through those two summer internships have stuck with me ever since. She lived her virtues, and because of that, everyone loved and

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Posted by: Meghan Medford - Houston, TX   Dec 15, 2012

I knew Karen since 1989, when she helped me decorate the living room of my first home. I still have many of the pieces that she helped me buy. Most recently, she helped me with all of the furniture in my current living room and study. Karen was always so vivacious and positive. She was amazingly talented. Not a day goes by that I don't look at the pieces she picked out for me & appreciate the joy they bring

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Posted by: Lynne Rupp - Austin, TX - Client of Karen's since 1989   Dec 12, 2012

To all of Karen's family, I want
to say how sad it was to here of Karen's death. Like so many, she held a special place in my heart. It is hard to believe she is gone, but she is seeing color that she will have deep joy witnessing for all eternity.

Posted by: Tommy Maxwell - Childhood friend   Nov 19, 2012

Walter: I'm so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. You and your family are in our prayers. Wes and Gail

Posted by: Wes Strain - Midland, TX - friend   Nov 15, 2012

Walter, Karen and i were in the Garden Villas group of kids. We swam together and our families were close. I only recently reconnected with her through Facebook. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your children. Just last Spring I saw Jimmy and we talked about all the kids and old times.
Karen will be missed by soooo many and she was loved by them all.

Joyce Johnson Burr

Posted by: Joyce Johnson Burr - Houston, TX - childhood friend   Nov 14, 2012

Walter, do you remember introducing me to
Willie Nelson's
music. We were having a party & you played a Willie
Nelson song, or we heard one & I said to Karen that I loved it.
Is he old? Walter said Yes, he is old. How old I said?
Oh, he is at least 40. I had just
had my 40th birthday!
Karen laughed & then we all were laughing at old Sherli.
We were in Dallas at the time of the Service or we would

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Posted by: Sherli and Bob Cochrane - Lakeway,, TX - Friends from Midland, TX   Nov 14, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with your familiy.

Posted by: Bruce Scholtz - austin, TX - friend   Nov 13, 2012

Karen, you are such a dear, and a wonderful person with a warm heart and love for all those around you. We know you are in a better place and in God's hands. You brought sunshine to all those around you. And lots of color and radiance. Love and Praise to you forever. Maggie and Peyton Sweeney.

Posted by: maggie and Peyton Sweeney - Lago Vista, TX - friend of family's   Nov 12, 2012

Walter: I am so sorry about Karen's passing, and that I didn't have the pleasure of knowing her. I read the email from Tom Shelton and found out from Debbie Fincher what a lovely person and good friend she was during her lifetime.

I lost my wife Lynn just a few years ago and mourn with you over the loss of your wife. While you are going through all of this turmoil, if you can, let your friends surround you with

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Posted by: Armin Cantini - Galveston, TX - Friends   Nov 12, 2012