The bright light of Karen Mann departed our realm on Sunday, October 10, 2010. This remarkable woman was born in Kansas City, Missouri, 68 years ago.

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she joined the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She left the IHM Sisters after four years, but maintained a deep spiritual practice throughout her life.

Karen’s passions were social justice, education, animal rescue, and the mountains.

She was a parole agent with the California Department of Corrections for 16 years, until she was severely injured on the job. Her injury and progressive disability intensified her desire to help other people and animals suffering from disability, abuse and neglect.

Her belief in education led her to pursue and complete a doctorate in Public Administration.

Moving to Mount Shasta in 2000 fulfilled her dream of living in the mountains. She and her partner of 27 years rescued and provided a home for numerous dogs and cats and a brood of chickens.
Karen lived her life to the fullest, never dwelling on what she couldn’t do, always cultivating an attitude of gratitude and joy.

She is survived by her partner, Barbara Buchanan; her sister, Marilyn Taylor of Los Angeles; her niece, Connie Lockhart of Santa Monica; her great-nephew, Tom Fox and his wife Mindi and their two children, Cheyenne and Mason of Chino; her niece, Jaynie Riley and her husband Terry of Edgewood; and her great-niece Gina Woodyatt and her husband James and their son, Leo, who is Karen’s beloved honorary grandson.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Weed.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Saturday, November 6 at 2 p.m. in the Mount Shasta City Park lodge.