Karen Clark Evans left this life to sing in the Heavenly Choir of Angels on Nov. 21, 2011, after a short intense battle with cancer.
She lived in Chester, Va., and is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Kenneth R. Evans.
Karen was born Sept. 26, 1954, to Betty and the late George Clark. She graduated from Archbold High School in 1973.
She attended the University of Toledo and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music, where she studied voice with Barbara Rondelli.
Karen received her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance degree at the University of Akron, studying with Clifford Billions.
She studied applied voice with Gary Kendal at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and operatic coaching with Johan van der Merwe at the University of Michigan.
She received a full graduate assistanceship at the University of Akron.
Karen sang professionally with the Southwestern Opera Institute in Lafayette, La., the Artpark Opera Co., Buffalo, N.Y., and the Center for the Arts, Sebago, Maine.
Karen retired from George Mason University in April 2011, where she was a senior academic advisor in the Department of Music.
In addition to her husband and mother, Karen is survived by her very special niece, Susan Israel, Cincinnati, with whom she shared a very special lifelong bond.
Karen is also survived by her siblings, Robert (Anna) Newaygo, Mich.; Dale (Karen), Findlay; Carol (Jerry) Israel, Toledo; David (Diane), Sylvania; Douglas (Betsy), Archbold; and Lynette (Jerry) Beach, Cincinnati.
Karen is also survived by 12 other nieces and nephews to whom she was affectionately known as Aunt Kernie.