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Helen Lewis Karr Obituary
Helen Lewis Karr

Helen Lewis Karr was born on June 17, 1915 in Seattle. Her parents were John Warren Lewis and Clara Pope Lewis and they lived for most of her childhood in the Seward Park neighborhood. Helen graduated from Franklin High School and, after two years at the Washington State Normal School in Bellingham (now WWU), she received a B.A. in English at the University of Washington in 1938. The following year she received another B.A. in librarianship and went to work at the College of Puget Sound in Tacoma (now UPS). Pursuing her interest in social justice, she moved to the Bay Area and studied at the Pacific School of Religion while working at the Berkeley YWCA. It was there that she met her lifelong partner Milton Karr, and they were married in Seattle in 1949. After Milton got his MSW degree, they returned to Seattle where they lived for many years in the Madrona neighborhood. Helen was a fervent advocate of pacifism and social harmony, with a keen interest in people and cultures. Though raised as a Methodist, she and Milton became staunch members of Plymouth Congregational Church and were charter members of their Peace Action Group. As long-time members of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, they were active in many anti-war protests and never missed a Seabeck Conference. Helen was an amazingly optimistic and loving person with many faithful friends and will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. Although her husband and son Michael predeceased her, she is survived by two granddaughters, Jessica and Amber, as well as several great grandchildren.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 4, 2013
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