Karen Goodall Knutson, 74, died peacefully at her Evergreen home on Feb. 3, 2014.
Karen was born on Feb. 27, 1939, in East Chicago, Ind. Karen studied European and U.S. history at the University of Illinois, where she met her future husband, Owen. They were married for 50 years and 364 days, and lived in Chicago, New York City and Evergreen.
Karen earned her bachelor of arts degree and master of business administration from the University of Colorado, and a master's in taxation from the University of Denver.
In everything she did, Karen celebrated life. She practiced as a certified public accountant in Evergreen and Ouray. Appointed by Govs. Richard Lamm and Roy Romer, Karen served on the Regional Air Quality Council and was appointed by the Jefferson County commissioners to serve on the Cooperative Extension Advisory Board. Karen especially enjoyed her work with the U.S. Forest Service as information interpreter at Mount Evans and working the front desk at Buchanan Park Recreation Center.
Karen loved her volunteer work with the League of Women Voters, POME, Audubon and Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity. She was committed to physical fitness and enjoyed the great outdoors, long hikes with family and friends, bird watching and wildflower identification. She was also a master gardener and beekeeper. Even through her long illness, she focused on making others comfortable in her presence, showing no signs of the valiant battle taking place behind her calm visage. She will be deeply missed.
Karen's request to donate her body to the University of Colorado's School of Medicine was honored by her family.
Karen is survived by her husband, Owen; their son, David (wife Lori Ann); grandson Kai of Parker; her aunt, Betty Lou Swentzel of Frankfort, Ind.; and sister Tamsen Marshall of Ann Arbor, Mich.
A memorial service to celebrate Karen's life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at United Methodist Church of Evergreen.
Memorial donations may be made to the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, 1425 Brentwood, Suite 7, Lakewood, CO 80214; or at www.evergreenaudubon.org.