On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Karen Marie Starritt, loving wife to Robert and mother to Olivia and Robert Jr, passed away at the age of 51.
Karen was born on April 9, 1969, in Woodinville, Wash. to Chee Chee Oaks Bruskland and Curtis Bruskland. She graduated from Woodinville High School in 1987 and went on to earn a degree in Human Resources from Washington State University in 1991. Professionally, she worked in Human Resources for several companies and finished her career as Director of HR for Pacific Coast Feather Company in Seattle.
During her last semester at WSU she met Robert George Starritt; they had their first date at The Coug and knew it was instant love. They married in 1996, raised two children, Robert and Olivia, and lived happily in Clearview, Wash. Karen and Rob shared 29 wonderful years together, and through all of life's twists and turns, they stayed by each other's side. Her children were her pride and joy, and she loved staying involved in their lives. She was an avid "Dance Mom," and loved the community she met while shepherding Olivia through rehearsals and competitions at Turning Pointe Dance Studio. She was immensely proud of Robert Jr. and often remarked that he was the most responsible person in the family.
Karen lived her life with a profound sense of joy; she had an infectious smile and enthusiasm that made everything better. It was said there were four things she never left home without: her large sunglasses, a scarf, lip gloss, and a big smile on her face. She was happiest when planning or enjoying the next fun activity with friends and family. Her annual 4th of July party grew to epic proportions with hundreds of guests and thousands of fireworks. She treasured meeting up with her Mom Chee Chee and her extended family for countless dinners and get-togethers. She loved traveling to anywhere with sun and water to sit by or swim in. She valued her closest friends and looked for any opportunity to share her life with them. In short, Karen loved a lot of people and was widely loved in return. She will be missed immensely.
Karen was preceded in death by her father Curtis. She is survived by her husband Rob, their two children Robert and Olivia, her mother Chee Chee, her two brothers Craig and Carey, her sister Carla, and a large group of cousins, nephews, nieces and in-laws with whom she remained very close.
There will be a memorial for Karen later this year when we can safely gather as a group to celebrate her life. We will give at least four weeks’ notice to allow for planning and travel
Rest in peace Karen.