Karen Baxter Rodman
1956 - 2012
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Rodman, Karen Baxter Long time Dallas resident Karen Baxter Rodman was born on 23 July 1956 in Houston, Texas to Robert Curtis Ellis and Lydia Norma Ellis. She was married and had one daughter Emily Elizabeth Baxter. Being her mother was the greatest joy of her life. She passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on October 1, 2012. Karen grew up in Houston, Texas where she became a member of the Episcopal Church at a young age. Her Christian faith was the foundation and the formation of her life work and career. In her youth at St. Francis Church she would tutor inner city children from the 5th Ward. It was her first exposure to the great need of the poor and it profoundly affected her life work. She studied Biology at The University of Texas and was able to attend Stanford University as a Fellow in the GSB for Nonprofit Executives. She also studied Montessori Education in Bergamo, Italy. She worked in the field of philanthropy for over 30 years beginning as the first Development Director of East Dallas Community School then as the Executive Director of the Redman Family Foundation and The Dallas Foundation as Associate Director where she co-founded and served as the Executive Director of Dallas Social Venture Partners. She ended her career as the CEO of the International Psoriasis Council, which she considered a great honor to work with an amazing group of physicians dedicated to advancing psoriasis research, treatment and education and her staff which considered the best of her career. She was also an active community volunteer serving as a Board Member for The Shelton School, Children of Uganda, Dallas Children's Theater, Gilda's Club of North Texas and Bridge Breast Center. Karen had a great love of the visual arts and hiking and skiing the mountains of Northern New Mexico where she lived in Santa Fe for several years. However, Africa was the greatest passion of her later life. She went many times as a Board Member of Children of Uganda and also as a consultant with Uganda Christian University. She was planning to serve the Batwa Pygmies in far western Uganda as a Community Health Worker the summer of 2012 before she was diagnosed with cancer earlier that year. The extreme poverty and suffering was something she could never forget and she wanted to spend her later years serving as she could. She was a dedicated Sunday school teacher at Saint Michael and All Angels and Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe. She was also a Children's Leader at Bible Study Fellowship. Karen most recently joined All Saints Dallas an Anglican fellowship of the Scriptures, the Spirit, and the Sacraments. Karen was preceded in death by her father Robert Curtis Ellis. She is survived by her immediate family, daughter Emily Elizabeth Baxter, her mother Lydia Ellis, her brother and sister in law Richard and Debbie Ellis of Fredericksburg, Texas; her sister and brother in law Cindy and Tim Roach of Devon, Pennsylvania and her precious nephews Garrett Charles and Justin Lee Roach. The memorial service will be held at All Saints Dallas, 2733 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75219, ph 972-755-3505, on October 5, 2012 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate that memorials be directed to Children of Uganda, P.O. Box 659 Charles Town, WV 25414; The Kellerman Foundation-Providing Hope & Health in Uganda, P. O. Box 832809 Richardson, TX 75083; or International Psoriasis Council/Genetics Research, 1034 S. Brentwood, Suite 600, St. Louis, MO 63117.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 3, 2012.
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September 27, 2019
There are some Parents of Students at Shelton you just love. Karen was very easy to love. She supported all students, teachers and coaches. And, especially her child. We miss her. Coach Locke
Chuck Locke
January 11, 2013
I had the priveldge of meeting this very kind and compassionate woman through a friend. Although I did not know her well, I always admired her warmth and generosity of spirit. I hope that her daughter will carry on these fine qualitiies.

Leslie Carpenter
November 7, 2012
Karen and I met enroute to Dallas from London and we became firm friends. She profoundly enthused me with her deep love for Christ (I am muslim by the way) and struck up a really good rapport and kept in touch via phone callsand emails thereafter.

We both had a love for poetry and she shared her poem with me as I shared mine with mine.

But it was the beauty in body and spirit that stays with me always. She wanted to come with me to Africa as she felt drawn to the plight of children in the continent. I called her my favorite sister and she called me brother. Can't believe my Angel of Santa Fe is gone but God obviously needs her more than we do.

May God keep you with His Angels Karen and Christ hold you in His arms eternally. To my Sis from your little brother.

Love and Regards Roland Sodeinde
Roland Sodeinde
October 19, 2012
Dear Emily: I read about your mom, and was so impressed with her life and kindness. I wish we had met her and gotten to know her. She lives on through you. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our love, Yvonne, Steve, Stephen and Sean Beatty
Yvonne Beatty
October 10, 2012
Dear Cindy I am very sad with this news and I send all my love and prayers to your family. Peace and love for Karen
Jimena Correa
October 5, 2012
Dear Aunt Lil, Rick and Cindy: So sad to hear about the loss of Karen. I am glad we had the chance to visit with Karen & Emily at Lena's anniversary party. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

Bob & Cookie Seymour
Cookie Seymour
October 5, 2012
Dear Emily,

I am thinking of you so much. Your mom was one of the kindest people. We did yoga together in recent years and I admired her positive spirit. She loved you so much. This is such a loss.

With fondness,

Janie Stark
Janie Stark
October 4, 2012
Dear Cindy, Emily, Rick and Aunt Lil: So sad to hear about the loss of your sister, daughter, mother and our cousin. It was such a pleasure to have her at our anniversary party along with Emily and Aunt Lil. Karen was our flower girl at our wedding(so cute) and it was wonderful to see how she has grown into such a lovely women and to meet her beautiful daughter. We will always remember her and keep her in our prayers. Love to all of you. Ron and Lena Voas
October 4, 2012
Dear Cindy, Rick, Emily and Aunt Lill,
I can't believe that Karen has left us so quickly. I am so glad that we were able to visit with Karen and Emily at Lena's anniversary. We will remember the laughts and good time we all had.
My prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family.
Carol Seymour
October 4, 2012
Your Mother was a real beauty !
October 3, 2012
She was a beautiful woman in every sense of the word. She will be greatly missed.
Lynn Hay
October 3, 2012
Dear Emily, I am so sorry.....may the Lord take you in his arms and comfort you. You and your Mom are in my prayers. Love you honey,
Patti Pace
October 3, 2012
October 3, 2012
EM, I am so sad today. Your Mom was such a great parent and person to ALL of us at Shelton. My tears and prayers are you and your family. Sincerely, Coach Locke
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