Karen Margaret Owens, 73, of Manhattan Beach, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2013. She was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on August 24, 1939. She grew up in Inglewood with her parents, Augie and Margaret and older brother, John and she graduated from Morningside High School. She was married to the love of her life, Wally, on September 29, 1962 and they made their home in Manhattan Beach, where they raised their two sons, Ian and Ron. They were joyfully married until his untimely passing in 2003. She is survived by Ian and his wife, Cindy, Ron and his wife, Teresa and her four grandchildren: Talia, Ariana, Kelsen and Kai, as well as her brother, John Kelsen and his family. She also leaves behind by many other family members and friends. The memorial service will be held at 1:00PM on Friday, May 10th at White and Day Mortuary in Manhattan Beach. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Surfrider Foundation in honor of Karen's life.

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  1. I will miss you very much, Karen. You were a great lady with whom I have about a million good memories than span all of my life. Ronnie & Ian are great kids and will continue to make you and Wally proud, I’m sure. If there is such a thing, I hope you and Wally are together again. I love you.

  2. I have fond memories of Karen. I hadn’t seen her for a long time but am so happy that Susan, Karen and I had lunch several weeks ago. We always talked about our families!

  3. Just saw this obituary and Karen’s passing. Although I had not been in communication with Karen for many, many years (time just slipped by) she is so much a part of my early fond memories. I started working for Barsam and LeVeque, attorneys in Los Angeles, the first of October 1962 while Karen was on her honeymoon with Wally – and we met when she returned to work (my first job). She was so young and beautiful. Both Karen and Wally were such good people – I was fortunate to have known them and considered them lifelong friends even though so many years passed without contact.
    Karen and Wally took me with them for a weekend to Big Bear where her parents had a cabin when I was about 19 years old. My first skiing adventure and Wally was so kind to give me my first ski lesson – when I know he would far rather be skiing by himself. It is a very dear fond memory. I remember Karen and Wally buying their house in the “tree section” of Manhattan Beach – and renovating the kitchen with beautiful two-tone aqua arched cupboard doors. I loved that kitchen! I remember the bassinette she had for Ian – white with aqua ribbon trim — and I loved it so much I “copied” it for my first born child. I went to the same baby doctor – Dr. Horner – because Karen went to him. I thought the world of her. Her family was fortunate to have her – and I was fortunate to have her for a friend.

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