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Karmen Ferris of Sparks passed away on May 4, 2014. She was a mom and a caring friend to all who knew her. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico as Karmen Uriarte, the youngest of six with two brothers, Bob and Mario, and three sisters, Rosa, Berta and Lydia. Karmen grew up and went to school in Los Angeles with her brothers and sisters. Mom was a huge fan of Frank Sinatra and loved to listen to his music all the time, and being from an old-fashioned era, she always said a lady never tells her age - and she kept that a secret!.
She lived in the Hollywood area, working for the California Highway Patrol as a secretary to the chief. During a trip to Mammoth Mountain with her ski club, she met and soon after married the love of her life, Ben Ferris, in 1959. On their honeymoon, they went to Europe to ski the Alps and always talked about what a wonderful time they had and how much fun it was.
Five years later they had a son, Jim, and eventually moved to Sparks in 1967 to raise me. Mom and dad both enjoyed skiing locally and took many more trips to their favorite ski area Mammoth Mountain. Karmen took a job in the mid 70's at Wooster High School in the library for many years before working at the U.S. Bureau of Mines on the UNR campus as a Lab Technician until she retired.
After being widowed, she was active in the community, joining different committees for the city and as a police volunteer for Sparks and Reno. She belonged to many clubs like the Newcomers, Let's Live Again and enjoyed luncheons playing poker and bunko. Karmen also loved to work out at the gym three times a week and had many friends at the European Health Spa. Mom also really loved her chocolate and especially See's Candy as did everyone her family.
She is survived by her one and only son Jim, sister Lydia and many nieces and nephews. Karmen had such a positive, loving effect on everyone who knew her. She will be forever in our hearts, always be loved, remembered and greatly missed. A celebration of her life will be held at Walton's Sparks Funeral Home, 1745 Sullivan Lane in Sparks at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. All who knew her or the family are welcome.
Walton's Sparks Funeral Home
1745 Sullivan Lane Sparks, NV 89431
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from May 11 to May 14, 2014