Karen Isabelle Walters died suddenly on Tuesday, January 18, 2015, in Chicago, IL. She was 23 years old.
Karen was born in Tacoma, WA on December 2, 1991 to Jackson Walters and Marie Peterson, who encouraged her from a young age to follow her dreams and creativity. Karen did just that, graduating from high school at age 17 and moving immediately to Chicago, where she established herself as a bright new talent in the sculpture scene.
Karen's remarkable artistry made itself known in every aspect of her appearance. In addition to sculpting with metals, wood, and ceramic, she also designed her own clothing, and was known to incorporate soft metals into her hairstyles, shirts, and shoes. "On a sunny day, I could cause six to seven traffic accidents," she once quipped.
Innovative in every sense, Karen's energy also went toward the less fortunate. She volunteered her free time at homeless shelters, donated art to public functions, and always helped spiders leave her house unscathed. A bright, passionate young woman, she was drawn to many causes and involved herself in protests and social justice groups dedicated to promoting civil rights, gender equality, and freedom of speech. She died unexpectedly in her home in Chicago.
A private funeral service will be held in Karen's hometown of Tacoma, but a wake will be held for the community on January 23, 2015. Flowers and condolences may be sent to 123 SE Main St. Tacoma, WA 98405.
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