Karen Ann Smith

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In Loving Memory of

SMITH, Karen Ann

October 27, 1939 to July 22, 2013

The world has lost a lady of great strength, dignity and unwavering love. Although we are all blessed with the great gift of life, it is a rare few that are able to make the absolute most of it. Through her loving, caring and giving acts, Karen was certainly one of those rare givers. She awoke every morning, spent the day taking action and went to sleep each night thinking of how she could make things better for everyone she loved, knew or met. The sacrifices she made were many ... her contributions were incredible... and she would say her blessings were abundant and magnificent! Her boundless energy and desire to impact everyone that she touched has left countless memories.

Karen will be missed by many, but her love and devotion will live on in the lives of the family she cherished so deeply, and in the beautiful memory of all who knew her.

The bright light of Karen's life has been extinguished. Karen succumbed to brain cancer which she had been battling since last September. She was born in Los Angeles to Lloyd and Doris Borkman. Karen graduated from Victor Valley High School in 1958 and went to college in Colorado. There she met and married Porter Tod Martin and began her family which included sons Tod and Brent. The marriage, however, did not last and Karen and her two boys moved to Santa Ynez where for a while she worked at her father's restaurant, the famous Red Barn. She began her retail career at this time at the recently completed J.W Robinson's in the La Cumbre Plaza Mall in Santa Barbara, a career she would follow for 34 years until her retirement in 2006. Soon after starting at Robinson's, Karen met and married Donald Boaz in 1974 and the happy issue of that union was her beloved daughter Marsena. In addition to her work at Robinson's (now Macy's), she was a caregiver to the late Charlotte Hendry for many years and after her daughter's marriage, sold her house and moved into the Hendry home.

In 2006, Karen began dating an old friend and widower, Tallant Smith, and in 2008 they married. Together they enjoyed the symphony, took cruises to Alaska, the Mediterranean and the Maritimes and spent a lot of time with family in Apple Valley. They spent a wonderful week in Chicago at her nephew James' graduation from law school. They had planned to build a house on property they owned on Ortega Ridge, but the economy and Karen's illness put those plans aside. Karen's most meaningful pursuit after her marriage to Tallant was her involvement with the Assistance League of Santa Barbara. She became heavily involved with this wonderful organization and the extraordinary women who dedicate themselves to it, especially her beloved Diamond Divas and Lene Schutt, her best friend for over forty years. In the last two years Karen was the League's Vice- President for Membership.

She was preceded in death by her father Lloyd C. Borkman, Sr. and brother Timothy Borkman. Karen leaves behind her mother Doris, now 101, her three husbands, Tallant, Donald and Tod. Her children Tod D. Martin (Karen) of Dallas, grandson Tod Porter Martin, great grandsons Britton and London Martin also of Dallas; Brent Martin (Cherisse) of Indianapolis, granddaughter Nicole Cuevas, great-grandchildren Tatiana, Hector Jr. and Thalia; Marsena Boaz Henderson (Daniel), granddaughters Elisa and Ashley Henderson of Surprise, Arizona; brothers Craig (Terri) and Nick (Judy) of Apple Valley, sister Christina Bourdet and step-son Jason Smith (Victoria) of Avila Beach.

With the remembrance of a loved one being so very personal, should you have been so blessed to have known our beloved Karen, we know the right words for her will come to you in their own way. To leave messages and view a memorial to Karen please visit karensmith.muchloved.com. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Assistance League of Santa Barbara.


Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Aug. 24 to Aug. 29, 2013
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