KAREN L. ANDERSON, 67, of Fort Wayne, died peacefully on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at home. Born in Glendale, Calif., she graduated from Whittier College with a BA in History and Theatre. She worked in costume design for companies in Hollywood and New York City, and first came to Fort Wayne with Disney on Parade. In Fort Wayne, she was founding director of ARCH, Marketing Director for St. Joseph Hospital, and Parking Administrator for the City of Fort Wayne. In 1983, she was President of the Leadership Fort Wayne Charter Class and ran as a Republican candidate for City Council. She has served on the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the Historic Preservation Review Board and the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission. She contributed her talents to the annual Fort Wayne Museum of Art Designer Show House, winning an award two times. For the last 25 years, she ran an antique business, traversing the country in search of the rare and wonderful. She was an ardent gardener and cook, and her family and friends benefited from her prolific knitting. She is survived by her husband, Dan Hamblin; daughter, Elizabeth Abigail Anderson; stepchildren, Carrie and David Hamblin of Knoxville, Tenn.; and brother, David Peters of Templeton, Calif. Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 West Berry. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. www.klaehnfahlmelton.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 8, 2012