Karen Louise Anderson

February 25, 1945May 5, 2012

KAREN L. ANDERSON, 67, of Fort Wayne, died peacefully at home on Saturday, May 5. She is survived by her husband, Dan Hamblin, daughter Elizabeth Abigail Anderson, stepchildren Carrie and David Hamblin of Knoxville, TN and brother David Peters of Templeton, CA. Karen was born in Glendale, CA, and graduated from Whittier College with a BA in History and Theatre. She worked in costume design for companies in Hollywood and New York City, and first came to Fort Wayne with Disney on Parade. In Fort Wayne, she was founding director of ARCH, Marketing Director for St. Joseph's Hospital, and Parking Administrator for the City of Fort Wayne. In 1983, Karen was President of the Leadership Fort Wayne Charter Class and ran as a Republican candidate for City Council. She has served on the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the Historic Preservation Review Board and the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission. Karen contributed her talents to the annual Fort Wayne Museum of Art Designer Show House, winning an award two times. For the last 25 years, she ran an antique business, traversing the country in search of the rare and wonderful. She was an ardent gardener and cook, and her family and friends benefited from her prolific knitting. Karen's memorial service will be at 11am, Saturday, May 12th at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 West Berry. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.


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Amelia Louis-Ferdinand

May 14, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to work with Karen while she was in Ann Arbor. Her determination and dedication to her rehab was inspiring. Wishing you all Peace during this difficult time.

May 13, 2012

Karen my friend, I am going to miss your smiles and courage. I'll always remember the great times we had in this crazy antique business. To Dan and his children I offer my deepest sympathy. To Liz I'll offer my continued friendship and love and a promise to keep your mon's memory in my heart. Don Orwig

David & Joan Peters

May 13, 2012

Karen was a wonderful sister and friend. She touched our lives in many ways and showed incredible courage and strength in the way she lived her life. She will live in our hearts always.

Elizabeth Anderson

May 11, 2012

I love you momma! You are one amazing women! I have never known anyone as strong as you! You will never be forgotten.

City Glass Specialty

May 9, 2012

Karen was such an inspiration and a wonderful person. We will tremendously miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dan and the children.
With our deepest sympathy,
Anne, Mark, Kathy, Dick and every one at City Glass Specialty.

Doug Supinger

May 9, 2012

Thanks Karen for being a good friend.She helped me stay grounded in the antiques business and my personal life. By the example she provided in the way she handled her illnesses with courage and a big smile. Miss you. Doug Supinger

May 8, 2012

Karen was a special friend, we shared so much on so many levels. I miss her already.
Pat Shriver (Syracuse, IN)

May 8, 2012

Dear Dan, We know that Karen was a very bright light in your life. You will treasure her memory. Love, Jane and Lars

May 8, 2012

Karen was a sweet gentle spirit. She enriched my life and the lives of everyone she met. She will be missed.
Phil C. Hamblin (Springfield, MO.)

Bill & Jean Spencer

May 8, 2012

My husband and I knew Karen through her antiques business; her presence there was a bright note, sadly missing since her illness began keeping her from the show circuit.

Even after she became ill she was always kind and cheerful. She was one of those quietly competent people who never showed off her wide knowledge of art and antiques, but was always ready to share her appreciation of them.