Kari Lyn Lindsey died unexpectedly at her home in Wasilla, Alaska on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. She was born Jan.10, 1964 in Fort Collins, Colo. and moved with her parents and siblings to Las Cruces, N.M. when she was 5 years old. She graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1982 and attended the University of New Mexico. She lived in Spokane and Everett, Wash. for a number of years and then moved to Anchorage, Alaska, 17 years ago. She dearly loved everything about Alaska and winter was always her favorite time of year. She was employed by restaurants in Anchorage and Wasilla until a car accident made it impossible for her continue working. She loved to read, work crossword and jigsaw puzzles, do crafts of all kinds, and especially to volunteer her time helping others. Her greatest passion was volunteering with Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue where she spent many hours each day placing dogs with foster families. For her efforts, Kari was honored as their Volunteer of the Year. She loved animals, especially her dogs – Snupee Dawg Dawg, Toto and Stitch. She also volunteered with the Wasilla Chapter of the American Red Cross, was on the board of the Alaska Multiple Sclerosis Society, and worked many holidays with organizations to help feed people in need. She was an active and involved member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wasilla. Kari's free spirit, independent nature and determination were qualities that carried her throughout her life as she dealt with many physical and health challenges. She lived life to the fullest and was always positive and upbeat under the most difficult circumstances. Her generous and compassionate life was an inspiration to those who knew her. Pparents, Don and Betty Lindsey and grandmother, Laura Roach of Las Cruces; sister, Kim Snell (Rusty) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; brother, Greg Lindsey of El Paso, Texas; nieces Tatum and Summer Snell; nephews Brody and Mesa Snell; and a vast extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, survive her. She was preceded in death by grandparents Frank and Helen Lindsey and Eugene Roach. At her request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Kari's life will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 E. Missouri Ave., Las Cruces, on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at 10 a.m. and at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 501 East Bogard Road, Wasilla, AK 99654 on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kari's memory to Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue, P.O Box 876888, Wasilla, Alaska 99687; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; or Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces, NM.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 26, 2012