ForeverMissed
Karan Ann Lee was born to Leland and Lucille Rodgers. She was the eldest of three siblings: Lee, Jerry and Donna.  She is survived by her siblings and her only daughter, Robin Babin.

Karan was born with a servant’s heart- full of compassion, empathy and grace.  To Karan, a servant’s heart meant to not only put other’s needs ahead of her own, but to serve with the right motivation—and that was to put God’s will first. Rewards, recognition or even gratitude were not ever her aim.

Her heart for service led her naturally to her profession as teacher, a life-long educator of all she met. She found some of her greatest joy in the classroom with her students, in her Sunday school class and anywhere she could help others learn to be their best selves.  When Parkinson’s began to take that from her, she still did her best to share her deep knowledge and experiences with the seniors at the Norman L. Malone Senior Center and also her friends and neighbors at Autumn Leaves, Memory Care Memorial City.

She was a beloved member of her church family, First Baptist Church, La Porte, where she was a member for 44 years.  Karan was a vessel for the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, whom she loved deeply, giving testimony to his grace and love through her actions and compassion.  When asked, she would always say her favorite part of church were her “kids” in Sunday school and the music…oh how she loved music.

Karan longed for travel, a love she must have inherited from her beloved mother Lucille.  Whether a road trip or a plane trip, Karan was up for it.  She along with daughter Robin, her mom Lucille, and sister Donna went on so many adventures across Texas and Mexico. In 2009, she even went as far as Bangalore,India to visit Robin at Christmas.  (If you know Karan, you know she brought a suitcase full of decorations!!)

She threw the best parties! Entertaining baking and cooking came naturally.  Ask her to make one dish, she would make three - just in case!  Celebrating your birthday?- you had your choice of any delectable sweet or sweets! Whether planning or competing in the LPJH chili cook-off, Robin’s many amazing birthday parties (even her 30th, which Karan catered), family holiday meals- Karan was a pro!!  She even won a medal in 2019 at the Malone Senior Center for her baking.  The theme, the tablescape, the food, no detail forgotten- big or small it was always done with love and all that received knew they were LOVED.

It would seem that Karan’s talents did not run dry. She could make ANYTHING!  Curtains, pillows, blankets, clothes, she did it.  She even made Robin’s prom dress from a sketch- searching for the right fabric and making it just perfect.  She was Costume Mistress for the Jr. Art Park Players and the Action Reaction Company (ARC) until 1992; many a summer show and Christmas show, Karan made sure the kids looked their best.  She even chaperoned this incorrigible and lovable bunch of kids on trips to New York City and Natchez, Mississippi.  She wasn’t always behind the scenes. In 1990, Karan performed in the musical Gypsy, reprising the role of Dressy Tessie Tura. (She was amazing!!!)

Karan dedicated herself to her God, church, students, friends, community and most of all to her family, who she loved unconditionally.  She is deeply missed and deeply loved, today and always.

Note:  The To Kill a Mockingbird quote above was lovingly chosen, as it was Karan's favorite novel.
Posted by Sandi Warren on May 24, 2021
I never had the pleasure to meet Karan, but we have known Robin for many years. We are so sorry for your loss and sending you the biggest of hugs. You are in our thoughts!
Posted by Susan Mele on May 23, 2021
My precious Robin, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Your mother was one of God’s angels that He placed on this earth for the world to see. Karan had a lovely soul and set such a beautiful example of Christ’s love. She was a dear friend to all, a wonderful servant to so many organizations, a hard worker and the list of her positive attributes goes on and on. However, having you as her daughter and raising you and loving you unconditionally was her greatest trait. Karan was so very proud of you and supported you in all your endeavors. You and I both know that God picked wisely for the both of you. I remember watching her in the audience when you would belt out one of your fabulous songs and she couldn’t take her eyes off of you. Karan was your biggest fan! And one of the things I loved the most about her was wherever you were, she was going to be there and get involved as much as she could to support you. I am so grateful to God that she did because I would not have had the wonderful blessing of getting to know her and being a part of her life and calling her my dear friend.

When I think of your precious mother, I think of her funny facial expressions that she would always make and I also think of the wonderful trips that we took together. Karan was always the life of the party and you knew if you wanted to have a great time, go sit by Karan. She was a wonderful listener and a true friend. True friends that love you unconditionally and support you no matter what our very hard to come by. I loved that about her!

Now, to my favorite memories that continue to flood my mind every time I drive by The Hop!!!!! There are different chapters in everyone’s life and this was the chapter in Karan’s life of the Karan and Durelle Escapades! Now, because I love you so dearly and none of these escapades should ever go into print because no one would believe it, I will not put them in this tribute. However, let’s just say that they brought more joy to my soul and I thoroughly enjoyed living vicariously through that time with the both of them.

My dear dear beautiful Robin, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to love you and your sweet mother. You honor her by the way you live and I know you will continue to honor her by keeping her memory alive in your heart. You are a wonderful daughter and I know your mother loved you fiercely and more than anything, she was the most proud of the beautiful girl she gave birth to. I know you will miss her dearly. I praise God for the gift of eternal salvation because I know that Karan Is in a perfect form and in His presence singing and dancing and happier than she has ever been. She is freed from the pain that enslaved her and now she is perfect in the eyes of our Savior. And the best part, is that you will be reunited with her one day and live forever in God’s kingdom. This brings peace to my heart and I know it does to yours as well. You have a lot of living to do and as you take this next journey in your life, always know that you have the privilege of carrying your mother in your heart where she will forever live until you see her again. And know, I will be here for you to lean on and my dearest love and prayers will always be with you. I love you my darling girl. Thank you for this honor of being a part of your world and for allowing me the privilege to have been a part of your mothers. May God bless you always. I love you.
Posted by Sunita Balakrishnan on May 20, 2021
Dear Robin, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
My deepest condolences.
Posted by Nischal R on May 20, 2021


Hi Robin, I am extremely sad to hear about the demise of your mother. Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family. May God give you all the strength you need.
Posted by Leah Brome on May 19, 2021
I didn’t know Ms. Lee, but I work with her daughter, Robin. Robin is a dynamic, life-long learner, with a big heart who has a knack for making anyone she encounters feel special and included. From reading this tribute and seeing these pictures, I now understand where Robin received her unique spark and light. I wish I had the opportunity to know her personally, but it feels like I do through Robin. Rest in peace, Ms. Lee. Robin, sending all my love to you, Derrick, and the cats.
Posted by Karen Finckenor on May 16, 2021
I never had the pleasure of meeting Karan, but I do have the great honor of being a close friend of Robin and Derrick's and have gotten to know her through her daughter. Robin has shared many stories about Karan and her generous heart and service as a teacher, as well as her faith. I'm looking forward to celebrating her life with loved ones in Texas - and I'm also really pleased to share her name. :) Karen/Karan's stick together!
Posted by Matthew Hunter on May 16, 2021
She was an amazing aunt. Getting together for Christmas and Thanksgiving you could always expect the tastiest cheesecakes and green rice casserole. Easter egg hunts with coins instead of candy were looked forward to each year. So many other memories of her, all happy. She had such a positive energy and it was always a delight to be in her company. she will be sorely missed.
Posted by Sheila Hartman on May 15, 2021
Robin and Derrick - you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. It still doesn't seem real. I do know there was a happy reunion in heaven! Karan was such a great mom and her love for you was always evident. You are a wonderful daughter and will be blessed for your caregiving. Love you both. Sheila and Alan Hartman
Posted by Leroy and Betty Ladish La... on May 13, 2021
Our love to you and Derrick and the deepest condolences from the bottom of our hearts. Your mom was a part of our lives and we loved her very much. Her endless energy, creativity and love of God will be so missed by everyone who knew her. I pray your sweet memories will soon overcome the recent ones and you will feel peace again. The love and interaction between you and Karan was a treat to see; a mother and daughter's love is a magical thing. We feel blessed to have a precious niece like you. Much love always.
Posted by Shauna Penn on May 11, 2021
Robin and Derrick, Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Know we love you guys and we are here for you...
Posted by Melody Fanous on May 10, 2021
Dear Robin, my heart is broken. Your mama, Karan will be dearly missed. She I hit it off the first day we met. My only regret is that I didn't meet her sooner in life because she and I would have made an awesome catering team; we had so much in common. 

I Know Karan loved The Lord, Jesus Christ and wanted to share that with everyone. Because she was a believer and served God she is now jumping and leaping with Joy with no pain, and for that I am happy. Robin, I am here for you and Derrick and you're in my prayers. 

Peace be with you. Much love, Melody
Posted by Jan Harris on May 7, 2021
Karan and I enjoyed each other's company for many years. I will miss her kindness and her sweet laugh. She was the first person I met at La Porte Junior and always helped me when I needed it. I'm so blessed to be able to have had her as my friend! I am so happy to know that Karan is in heaven looking down on all of us and she no longer has to deal with affliction any longer. I'm grateful for Robin being the best daughter Karan could have ever asked for.

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Posted by Sandi Warren on May 24, 2021
I never had the pleasure to meet Karan, but we have known Robin for many years. We are so sorry for your loss and sending you the biggest of hugs. You are in our thoughts!
Posted by Susan Mele on May 23, 2021
My precious Robin, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Your mother was one of God’s angels that He placed on this earth for the world to see. Karan had a lovely soul and set such a beautiful example of Christ’s love. She was a dear friend to all, a wonderful servant to so many organizations, a hard worker and the list of her positive attributes goes on and on. However, having you as her daughter and raising you and loving you unconditionally was her greatest trait. Karan was so very proud of you and supported you in all your endeavors. You and I both know that God picked wisely for the both of you. I remember watching her in the audience when you would belt out one of your fabulous songs and she couldn’t take her eyes off of you. Karan was your biggest fan! And one of the things I loved the most about her was wherever you were, she was going to be there and get involved as much as she could to support you. I am so grateful to God that she did because I would not have had the wonderful blessing of getting to know her and being a part of her life and calling her my dear friend.

When I think of your precious mother, I think of her funny facial expressions that she would always make and I also think of the wonderful trips that we took together. Karan was always the life of the party and you knew if you wanted to have a great time, go sit by Karan. She was a wonderful listener and a true friend. True friends that love you unconditionally and support you no matter what our very hard to come by. I loved that about her!

Now, to my favorite memories that continue to flood my mind every time I drive by The Hop!!!!! There are different chapters in everyone’s life and this was the chapter in Karan’s life of the Karan and Durelle Escapades! Now, because I love you so dearly and none of these escapades should ever go into print because no one would believe it, I will not put them in this tribute. However, let’s just say that they brought more joy to my soul and I thoroughly enjoyed living vicariously through that time with the both of them.

My dear dear beautiful Robin, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to love you and your sweet mother. You honor her by the way you live and I know you will continue to honor her by keeping her memory alive in your heart. You are a wonderful daughter and I know your mother loved you fiercely and more than anything, she was the most proud of the beautiful girl she gave birth to. I know you will miss her dearly. I praise God for the gift of eternal salvation because I know that Karan Is in a perfect form and in His presence singing and dancing and happier than she has ever been. She is freed from the pain that enslaved her and now she is perfect in the eyes of our Savior. And the best part, is that you will be reunited with her one day and live forever in God’s kingdom. This brings peace to my heart and I know it does to yours as well. You have a lot of living to do and as you take this next journey in your life, always know that you have the privilege of carrying your mother in your heart where she will forever live until you see her again. And know, I will be here for you to lean on and my dearest love and prayers will always be with you. I love you my darling girl. Thank you for this honor of being a part of your world and for allowing me the privilege to have been a part of your mothers. May God bless you always. I love you.
Posted by Sunita Balakrishnan on May 20, 2021
Dear Robin, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
My deepest condolences.
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Shared by Rebecca Boyd on May 21, 2021
I first met Karan when I picked her up to take to the Senior Center. We got to be pretty good friends and found out that we actually went to the same high school, Jesse H Jones. We had so much in common including our outlook in life. Karan enjoyed her brief time at the center and enjoyed participating in as many activities as possible. I'm glad I got to know her and miss her now. 
Shared by Arlette Smith on May 12, 2021
I saw Karan three years ago for the first time since I had moved away.  We had been very close friends until I moved in 2005 to East Texas.  I first met her when I moved to La Porte and started teaching with her at La Porte Junior High.  She was my mentor in teaching Language Arts.  We made many fun memories together.  She was part of my family as I was of hers.  We took many road trips together along with Jan.  We had so much fun.  She even claimed my grandchildren as hers.  Being that I lived around the corner from her, we were really inseparable.  Karan helped me plan and coordinate my wedding all in one month.  It was truly a wedding to remember.  What I couldn't do, she could.  Of course, others helped too, but she did most of it.  Thank you Karan for all and the many other fond memories that we shared. You will truly be missed.
Shared by Vicki Pearson on May 8, 2021
As I have thought about Karan one memory keeps popping up. I was 16 when my mom, my sister Jami and I drove to Houston to participate in Karan's wedding weekend. I think the first event was a bridesmaid luncheon. Everything was so lovely. As a teen I was in awe of my older cousin. Jami was her flower girl who threatened to steal the show as a 4 year old "big girl". Loved the lavender dresses of the bridesmaids. It was a fun experience for me and my family. Karan was a beautiful bride.  She will be missed.