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Ardath Muriel Karr

1919 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Ardath Muriel Karr

Ardath Muriel (Benge) Karr, 94, passed quietly away Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 at her adult family home in Everett, Washington.

Ardath was born March 20th, 1919 in Seattle, Washington. She was raised in Seattle by her parents, Alfred and Laura Benge. She had three older siblings, sister, Maurine, and brothers, Frank and Don. Ardath, born prematurely, weighed only three pounds at birth. She was so tiny her father said she would fit in a Muriel cigar box, thus her middle name!

Ardath loved sports. Her childhood diaries indicate she hated rainy Seattle days because it interfered with playing baseball. At Seattle's Franklin High School, she became president of the girls' athletic club, the Quaker Maids. She graduated from Franklin in 1937. During WWII she worked as a switchboard operator at the University of Washington and a secretary at the Veterans Administration in Seattle. In May of 1945 she met her future husband, Bob Karr, when his ship, the USS Laffey, came to Seattle for battle damage repairs. Two years later, in June of 1947, they were married. Ardath and Bob lived in Morgantown, WV for three years while Bob was in college. In 1950 they settled in Seattle and in 1952 they had a son, Kevan, their only child.

Intelligent and active, Ardath continued her education in her 70's. Her interests were Spanish, computers, photography and her hidden talent, art. She golfed, embroidered and loved driving. She also quietly served her neighbors and friends with good conversation and many a taxi ride to doctor's appointments and lunches out. She was a devoted and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Ardath was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Bob, in 2011. She is survived by her son Kevan Karr and his wife Erin of Mukilteo, WA; granddaughter Rachel DuPont and husband Matthew of Oak Harbor, WA; and their children, Elisabeth, Tessa, Andrew, and Emma; granddaughter JoyLynn Karr, granddaughter Ruth Miller and her husband Dwight of Marysville, WA; and their children, Ethan, Elijah, Joy, and Fiona.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Mach Adult Family Home of Everett, WA for their kindness and care of Ardath. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center or Seattle Children's Orthopedic Hospital.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014
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