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Karen J. Goodrich-Hedrick


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Karen J. Goodrich-Hedrick Obituary
Karen J. Goodrich-Hedrick December 22, 1942 - April 24, 2018 La Jolla Karen J. Goodrich-Hedrick, age 75, passed away peacefully at home in the early morning of April 24, 2018 in Spokane, WA. Karen was born in Chicago, IL on December 22, 1942 to Manzer and Florence Goodrich. The family moved to Southern California in 1949, where she graduated from Burbank High School, Class of 1960. Karen attended UCSB, where she met John Hedrick. They were married in 1961 and moved to Sasebo, Japan. Karen continued with her college education, living in Japan, Connecticut, Hawaii and California, finally graduating from San Diego State University in 1968 with a BA in history and German.In the mid-70's, Karen (aka Karen James) lived in Philadelphia with her family and became a folk singer/songwriter, performing with her guitar and dulcimer with the band "Committee of Correspondence." Moving back to San Diego, Karen decided to become an educator and received her teaching credential in 1986. A Master's in education soon followed and she taught 2nd and 5th grades at Bird Rock Elementary School for 23 years, retiring in 2005. Just prior to retiring, Karen traveled to Guatemala and fell in love with the children in the city of Santiago Atitlan. She met Amanda Flayer, a former Peace Corps volunteer and they developed an instant rapport over their mutual concerns with the educational needs of the Mayan children of Santiago. They became the co-founders of La Biblioteca Puerta Abierta, starting in a small room in a building in the heart of Santiago. The learning center continued to grow and now is a recognized school in Guatemala with eight teachers and a library of over 2,000 books and a traveling library that services six surrounding communities. She moved to Spokane in 2009, and became a substitute teacher with Spokane City Schools. During her free time she taught English to recent immigrants. Karen belonged to many clubs and professional organizations including AAUW, DKG, PEO, DAR, Mission Bay Yacht Club, Symphony Associates, Compass Club, Spokane Dinner Club, Monday Lunch Bunch and others.Karen was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Nancy Goodrich. She is survived by her husband, John; sons, David and Stephen Hedrick; daughters-in-law, Lauri and Andrea; six grandchildren, Chelsea, Lindsey, John, Brandon, Delivan and Cooper; and two great-grandchildren, Riley and Grayson.Karen will live on through all of her students, friends and colleagues whose lives she touched throughout her years. Her warm smile and infectious laugh will never be forgotten!Tax deductible Memorials can be made by visiting Karen's favorite charity at www.atitlanabierta.com or sent directly to: The Sparks Foundation, PO Box 9459, Jackson, WY 83002. Please make a note "La Puerta Abierta." As Karen always said, "Muchas gracias por apoyar a nuestra escuela!" A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ lajollalight .
Published in La Jolla Light on May 17, 2018
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