|Birth: ||Jun. 23, 1962|
|Death: ||Apr. 19, 1995|
Victim of the Oklahoma City bombing. Karen Gist Carr was a "people" person who embraced life. "She just made living a 24-hour vocation," said the Rev. Leslie Brown, pastor of First Christian Church in Midwest City, where Carr attended. Carr, 32, was an advertising assistant for the Army recruiting office. In addition to her full-time job, she was an aerobics instructor at the Downtown YMCA and at Rose State College. She also was a member of the Mid-Del Toastmasters Club. Carr and her husband, Gregory Carr, had just celebrated their eighth anniversary eight days before she was killed in the explosion.
Published in the Oklahoma Today magazine, Winter 1996 issue:
Karen Gist Carr, 32, of Midwest City; wife of Gregory Carr; daughter of JL and Jeannine Gist, and sister of Shirley Goodman, Peggie Pietrowicz, Sandra Poplin, and Lynne Gist, all of Midwest City; advertising assistant, US Army Recruiting Battalion.
Karen Gist Carr believed in making life better for those she knew. When one of her aerobics students was going to quit class because her sick daughter couldn't be left alone, Karen suggested she bring the child with her so they could both watch the girl. When another student couldn't afford to continue, Karen paid the fee herself. "She liked to do for other people," said her husband, Greg Carr. "She was always willing to do what she could."
She sandwiched aerobics between her office hours with the Army and her volunteer efforts as a member of Toastmasters International's Mid-Del Club. Her students remember her as a taskmaster who made working out hard fun. Said Sheryl Campbell, "Karen showed her dedication to, and enjoyment for, her job each day of class. She worked especially hard these past two semesters with deaf students in her aerobics class, learning a way to communicate with them."
(bio by: Ms. Clyde)
Oklahoma City National Memorial
Created by: JL
Record added: Feb 19, 2007
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