Karen Christensen Obituary

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In Memory of

Karen Elizabeth (Ward) Christensen

August 6, 1942 - December 4, 2012
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What Is This Thing That Men Call Death? What is this thing that men call death? This quiet passing in the night? 'Tis not the end but genesis Of better worlds and greater light O God, touch Thou my aching heart And calm my troubled, haunting fears Let hope and faith, transcendent, pure Give strength and peace beyond my tears. There is no death, but only change With recompense for vict'ry won The gift of Him who loved all men The Son of God, the Holy One. Gordon B. Hinckley Karen Elizabeth Ward Christensen passed away peacefully in her Everett home on December 4, 2012, age 70. Karen was born August 6, 1942, in Heber,...
What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?

What is this thing that men call death?
This quiet passing in the night?
'Tis not the end but genesis
Of better worlds and greater light

O God, touch Thou my aching heart
And calm my troubled, haunting fears
Let hope and faith, transcendent, pure
Give strength and peace beyond my tears.

There is no death, but only change
With recompense for vict'ry won
The gift of Him who loved all men
The Son of God, the Holy One.

Gordon B. Hinckley






Karen Elizabeth Ward Christensen passed away peacefully in her Everett home on December 4, 2012, age 70. Karen was born August 6, 1942, in Heber, Utah, to Mark T. Ward and Orpha E. Frisbey Ward Pearson. She attended Salt Lake City schools until moving to Bellevue, WA, (1957) where she attended Bellevue High School and graduated in 1960. She was married to L. Kent Gardner for eight years and together they had two children, David and Lorri.

Karen worked in the addiction-treatment field for over 32 years. She completed her Advanced Addiction Studies at Seattle University in 1981 and received further education at the University of Washington and Brigham Young University.

Karen served as a family counselor, clinical supervisor, executive director and marketing director for several treatment programs in Seattle, WA; Walla Walla, WA; Longview, WA; Maui, Hawaii; Canada and Bermuda. She was also an on-call counselor, independent patient-record reviewer and trainer.

Karen spent the latter half of her career running a highly successful consulting and intervention business, Recovery Connections.

Her true passion was bringing treatment and people together to facilitate the healing process of both individuals and families from drug and alcohol addiction. Karen maintained 34 years of continuous sobriety and was a pioneer for recovery in her own family.

Karen enjoyed the outdoors, including skiing, boating, camping, gardening and climbing. She was a founding member of OSAT, a climbing group for recovering addicts. She was an accomplished seamstress and loved creating art from vintage, rhinestone jewelry. Karen was a 46-year breast cancer survivor and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Karen was a great inspiration to her children. She is survived by son David Gardner (Stephanie) of Renton, WA; daughter Lorri Fidler (Larry) of Tooele, UT; grandchildren: Clarissa, Spencer (Ian), Elizabeth (Ahmed), and Caslon; siblings Suzanne Ward Fleming (Rob), M. Terry Ward, and Joseph R. Ward, many nieces and nephews and many dear friends and colleagues. Preceded in death by sisters Virginia Hargreaves and Mary Ward; parents Mark Ward and Orpha Pearson.

A celebration of Karen's Life will be held at Bellevue Christian Reformed Church, 1221 – 148th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA on January 12, 2013 at 3:00pm. A potluck reception to follow at the church.

Memorials can be made to Assistance League of Everett http://www.everett.assistanceleague.org/dcontact.cfm or Residence XII Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Treatment Center for Women http://www.residencexii.org/.

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