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Karen Meyler Mantoen

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KAREN MEYLER MANTOEN passed away peacefully on November 16, 2016, surrounded by friends and relatives at St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange, California. She was a victim of melanoma cancer which she had been fighting since fall of 2014. She went through 17 months of clinical trials and she was always kind and optimistic through all of it. She led a remarkable life during her 46 years. Karen is survived by her husband, Matthew and her daughter Sofia, age 11, as well as her parents, Jim and Dorothy Meyler of Temecula and her brother Nicholas, of Agoura Hills, California. As a child, Karen enrolled in Campbell Hall in North Hollywood. Then the family moved to Temecula and Karen enrolled in Linfield Christian School. Karen loved being with her friends. In her junior year she was elected class president. She had a flair for art, both visual and performing arts. She was selected by the state to attend California State Summer School of the Arts where she learned much about painting and singing. She had a number of leading roles in musical comedies in high school and again in college. Karen's first job was as a singing waitress at a restaurant in Temecula. Later, Karen joined the "Imagination Machine", an organization designed to encourage students to explore their imaginations through creative writing. Through this program students see their own stories come to life on stage in a complete production with actors, music, props and costumes. They have performed in many schools throughout Southern California. Karen excelled at Imagination Machine because she had a great sense of humor and wit. She had an infectious smile and one could not help but be responsive. Karen entered University of California, Irvine as an art major and finished five years later as a music major. She was a member of the UCI choir which attained international prominence performing in Europe and Asia. Her choir won the International Choir championship competition in Llangollen, Wales in a performance attended by the Queen of England. Later she sang with the Pacific Chorale, an outstanding musical group in Orange County. Her final performance with the choir was at the Hollywood Bowl. One of her friends introduced her to Matt Mantoen, a handsome young computer tech who lived in Orange County. A few months later, Matt asked Karen's parents for permission to marry their daughter and they were happy to say "yes". After her marriage, Karen became a technician inside the color marketing lab of Behr Paint Company. Soon after she started, Behr conducted a test for color perception of all of their employees, and Karen came out with the highest score in the company. She soon became their resident expert selecting and naming all of the colors of the Behr Premium line. In 2005, Karen gave birth to Sofia and she gave up her job with Behr to become a full time "mommy". Cooking was among Karen's many talents. She helped to form a gourmet group who met regularly to develop exotic dishes. This ultimately led to her being invited to be the guest chef at an outstanding restaurant in Orange County. Karen did many private cooking events and hosted numerous pop-ups. A Los Angeles reporter mentioned her talents and CBS Los Angeles covered Karen's cooking. Three years ago Karen received a phone call from her former department manager at Behr Paint Company who was now head of the paint company for Ace Hardware. Karen was invited to become a full time marketing consultant for Ace Hardware and as such she traveled all over the country performing marketing services for them. This continued until she was struck down with stage four cancer. Karen always loved Christ. She was the reason her husband became a Christian. Even though disease took over her body, nothing will prevent her soul living on alongside of God in his kingdom. Arrangements for a memorial service are underway, but not yet finalized.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, 2016
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