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Karen Petty

Karen Petty, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully on August 24, 2013 at her home in Torrance, California, at the age of 56 after a long and courageous battle with GI cancer. Proud of her Scottish ancestry, Karen was born to Anthony and Beverly Hecht in Harbor City, California on June 25, 1957. Raised in the South Bay, Karen remained active in the community after graduating from South Torrance High School and later attending business school. She was employed by Cado Systems in Torrance and Mattel, Inc. in El Segundo. Her true love, however, was working with children. She was employed by the Torrance Unified School District as a para educator and taught confirmation classes at St Margaret Mary Catholic Parish in Lomita, California. Karen remained vigorously active as a volunteer, as her loving heart touched not only her church community, but every facet of her children's school and athletic communities, as well. She supported her three children in multiple club sports and school functions from grammar school through Torrance High School, Bishop Montgomery High School, and Loyola High School. After being diagnosed with cancer, Karen was a dedicated participant and fundraiser in the Annual Revlon Run Walk, completing the event for several years. Loving, kind, silly and funny, Karen will be greatly missed. She is predeceased by her father, Anthony McEwan Hecht (1991). She is survived by her husband, Daniel Petty, sons Cameron Walter, Colton Petty, and daughter Jennah Petty. Parents Charles Dupree (stepfather) and Beverly Dupree, Sisters Kathy (Colin) Thompson, Kelly Hecht, and brother, Kevin (Evelyn) Dupree along with many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation to the family will be held on Wednesday, August 28th, at Gamby Funeral Home, 25001 Narbonne Ave, from 4:00 - 6:00, followed by a rosary at St. Margaret Mary Church in Lomita at 7:00 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Margaret Mary at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation be made to the St. Margaret Mary School Library Fund due to Karen's love for reading. A donation box will be available at the service. Please sign the guestbook at www.amgamby.com.
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Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 27, 2013
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