Karla, lively, fiery, full of mischief, had to create her own opportunities to achieve her success. Raised in a single-parent home, she prized independence and self-reliance.
While attending Cambridge Latin, she worked part-time jobs (occasionally over-estimating her years) in order to provide for herself. Her mature and responsible nature endeared her to her employers who offered her full-time employment.
She found a home at MIT where she worked as an Administrative Assistant for over 20 years. She loved the fast-paced, high-tech, academic environment. The IBM “ball,” a great improvement in academic formula writing, then came a tech wonder—the word processor. At the time, she was one of two people who mastered the technology in MS-DOS. Shepherding, counseling, and seeing students graduate were the best part of her work.
In Karla’s eyes, her proudest achievement was the purchase of a house. A single woman, alone, unsupported, working two jobs and with nothing but her grit and savings, obtained what she never had before—her own home.
Retirement brought the opportunity for a change: perhaps real estate or politics. But change came in the form of a brain tumor. A struggle began that lasted less than two years with declining health, humor, and finally life.
You were my north, my south, my east, my west; my sun, my moon, my North Star. Rudderless, I drift. Fish swim, birds fly, the world turns, but it’s such a dull place without you.
All services will be private. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.
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