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Karen L. Smith

May 11, 1946 — March 25, 2024

Karen L. Smith

Karen L. Smith, a woman of boundless talent, compassion, and adventure, embarked on her final voyage on March 25th in Jacksonville, Florida, leaving behind a legacy of remarkable achievements and profound love. Born on May 11th, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Karen's life was a masterpiece woven with threads of exploration and creativity, excelling in every endeavor she undertook.

Karen's journey was one of perpetual learning and discovery. From mastering musical instruments to honing her skills in needlework and reborn artistry, she embraced each challenge with unwavering determination and grace. Her thirst for knowledge was matched only by her passion for the sea, where she navigated her way through fierce competitions, racing across the vast expanse of the Great Lakes as an avid sailor. In addition to conquering the waves, Karen found solace and joy in the equestrian world, where her prowess as a hunter jumper reflected her deep-seated love for horses, a passion she nurtured throughout her adult life.

A testament to Karen's proudest accomplishments are her sisters, Marsha Levin and Jaqueline Perrine, as well as her beloved nephew, William "Casper" Vassar. Their bond, fortified by shared experiences and steadfast support, remains unbreakable. Karen also leaves behind a host of extended family members who will forever hold her dear in their hearts.

With her family by her side, Karen L. Smith departed this world peacefully, leaving behind a legacy of love and compassion that will endure through the ages. Though her physical presence may be absent, the brilliance of her spirit will continue to illuminate the lives of all who were touched by her warmth and grace. Our family is profoundly saddened by her departure. Karen possessed an unparalleled gift for uniting people, her infectious laughter and irrepressible sense of humor served as the glue that bound us together. Her absence leaves a void that cannot be filled, as we mourn the loss of her incredible capacity to uplift others and spread kindness wherever she went.

Though Karen L. Smith may have bid farewell to this world, her legacy of resilience, compassion, and adventure will forever illuminate our lives, guiding us through the darkest of days with the enduring light of her spirit. Fairwinds and following seas.



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