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Mildred Marcia "Millie" Karp

1915 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Mildred Marcia "Millie" Karp Obituary
June 23, 1915 - January 14, 2017 Mildred "Millie" Marcia Karp, adored wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully at her home on January 14, 2017. She was 101. Millie was born on June 23, 1915, in the Bronx, New York, to Etta and Morris Citron. In 1940, she met the love of her life, Dr. Mark Lawrence Karp. As the story goes, they danced one tango together, and it was love at first sight. They got married, moved to Chicago, and had two children, Richard and Doreen, before moving to Los Angeles in 1948, where they settled. Millie's greatest pride in life was her husband (to whom she was married for more than 50 years), her two children, her five grandchildren, and her seven great-grandchildren. Never was there a fiercer protector of or advocate for her family than Millie. Millie's longevity is generally attributed to her unflappable optimism, boundless generosity, and unparalleled ability to build and maintain community. She was also a fighter-she survived several bouts of cancer to live more than a century. Millie's ferocity was never more on display than at the blackjack or bridge table, where she managed to routinely beat everyone in large tournaments while simultaneously charming the room. Millie was a fashionista ahead of her time. The more colorful the sequins, the stronger the perfume, the brighter the lipstick, the better. Her blonde, immobile hair stayed perfectly coiffed, even when she took off a helmet after riding on the back of a motorcycle in Aruba at age 82. Somehow, she managed to be both the most flamboyant and the most elegant person in every room. Her love of meeting new people and experiencing new cultures spurred in her a lifelong commitment to travel, which she shared with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Notable travel experiences included having dinner with Imelda Marcos, playing blackjack on countless cruises with her grandchildren, and walking two miles through Tiananmen Square in 100 degree heat at age 89. Those who knew Millie well were fortunate to learn many valuable lessons from her including: - Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today. - Be confident in yourself. Know you are fabulous, and own who you are. - It's better to give with a warm hand than a cold heart. Pay it forward. - Always double down on 11. - If you want perfect skin at age 101, put cream on your face every morning and every night. - If you look for trouble you will find it. - Always wear sexy lingerie to bed. Millie is survived by her two children, Richard Karp and his partner Sarah Roberts, and Doreen Nortman and her husband Donald Nortman; her six grandchildren and their significant others, Kara Nortman and Jake Blumenthal, Greg and Stephanie Nortman, Kim Nortman and Ben Handzo, John Karp and Lauren Kirkpatrick, and Michael Karp and Ramon Torres; and her seven great-grandchildren, Alexa, Layla, and Agatha Blumenthal, Jack and Francesca Nortman, and Lena and Claire "Millie" Handzo. A memorial service was held in her honor at Mount Sinai.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 21 to June 23, 2017
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