Karen Mauldin

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Mauldin, Karen Michelle


Karen Michelle (Christensen) Mauldin was born 3 March 1961 in Milwaukee, WI, to (Charles) "Chris" Christensen and (Joan) "Joni" Newell. The oldest daughter of four children, all of whom started out as U.S. Navy "brats," she lived most of her life in Albuquerque, NM. She graduated from UNM with a bachelor's degree in Journalism.

Karen married John Sidney Mauldin in 1983. They had a daughter, Erin, in 1992, and triplets Ian, Rhiannon, and Haley in 1993. She was a proud mother and fierce protector of her nuclear family, dubbing them her MaulClan. Karen extolled all her children's talents, adventures, experiences, and witty sayings in an annual multi-page Christmas newsletter, which her dispersed and extended family greatly misses. She cooked up storms of vegetarian meals as fundraisers for her children's theatrical, musical, and athletic events. Karen also enjoyed goat-milk soapmaking as a hobby under her KMC Tuit brand. She loved animals and made sure to have several dogs and cats at home. She was a member of the Coronado Club at KAFB for many years.

Her Dad often says she was the sensitive one among her siblings, the one who remembered family members' birthdays and anniversaries (even calling the others on the phone to remind them) and never forgot to compile creative "thank you" cards on behalf of her clan members for all treats of birthday dinners, holiday gifts, and summer parties around the swimming pool. Karen personalized her holiday greeting cards with family photo-collages and humorous quotes that are now collections of fond memories of this vibrant person, always ready to laugh--and to join in on any celebrations of a family event at lunch, particularly at El Patio or Sadie's New Mexican restaurants.

She worked for many years as an administrative assistant for Hans Whittler Automotive and Bacchus Consulting Engineering.

After bravely and persistently battling various illnesses, Karen passed away 14 August 2016, surrounded by her immediate family.

Karen is survived by her husband; children; parents; stepmother Irene Christensen; brothers Kevin (with wife Monique Insalaco) and Eric Scott Christensen (with significant other Sarabeth Chambers) and Conrad Morawski (with wife Ashley); and sister Kathryn Marie (with husband Bruce P Smith). She never did get to meet her first grandson, Cody Owen Mauldin Powell, who was born eight months later to daughter Haley (and John Powell). She is survived by brothers-in-law Nat (with wife Marie) Mauldin from NYC (formerly L.A.), Dave and Andy Mauldin in Santa Fe, NM; Sam Mauldin in Brooklyn, NY; as well as Timothy and Bruce Mauldin. She is also survived by nieces Megan Griego (with husband Manuel "Jake" and toddlers Nik and Natalie) in Edgewood, NM; and Kristen Arthur Cavanaugh (with husband Vance), Lindsay Milnor (with husband Jay and toddler Claire), and Kate Christensen Zigenfus in Texas, as well as other branches of the Christensen and Newell families in Upstate New York around Utica.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Aug. 13, 2017
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