Karen Heikkala, Plenty Board member for the past ten years, and Board Co-Chair for the past three years, passed away peacefully Tuesday night after a long illness. Karen embodied the spirit of Plenty with her infinite compassion and concern for the less fortunate. Hers too was a courageous spirit that spoke truth to power and stood up for peace and justice. Karen was also a consummate organizer and was invaluable in helping to guide Plenty through many tough decisions and difficult moments. To say Karen will be missed is a profound understatement. We send out our love to Tomas and their children and grandchildren.
Karen was always, always sweet and steady and sincere and truthful. She listened patiently and asked good questions. She tried hard to do the right thing and was a voice of compassion in Plenty, with her friends, and the other work she was involved in. She was one of those people that was always there, part of the scene. I can’t remember a time when Karen wasn’t around or when exactly she joined the board. After Kathryn died I remember being with her at the Plenty booth at Ragweed. It was just us. We looked at each other and I said “well it’s just you and me now!” and we laughed about that. And now here we are again.
Thanks and love Karen.