ForeverMissed
On August 20th 2019, Karen Elizabeth Nash left our dance floor for the final time. To all that knew her, we offer this humble memorial to an extraordinary woman.


For over 30 years Karen worked in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. She brought joy and a better quality of life to all with whom she worked. She was an educator as well. She taught at Columbia as well as offered continuing education to her residents. They even had a graduation. 
To continue her legacy, the "Karen Nash Therapeutic Recreation Certification Award" has been developed to provide financial aid to Therapeutic Recreation students at Lehman so they can take the  certification exam given by the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation.    
For further information, please contact Honey Shields at hshields@nyc.rr.com


The Journey of An Angel
It was a day that would change the world forever
An extraordinary gift
And it came to us in the form of a baby girl
She was given the name Karen
Karen began her journey towards the light
absorbing each of humanity’s greatest attributes 
and reflecting them into every person she met
Karen chose to spend her life in the service of others
Through her efforts, many smiles emerged
Many souls found peace and joy
Many hearts learned to sing
Karen raised two sons
And while they both brought her joy
It was her induction into the Nanahood
That truly lit her up
Karen cherished family above all else
Whether immediate or extended, you always got ALL of Karen
Her brothers, her nieces, her great-nieces
Each individual was a vital ingredient to her well-being
Karen had lots of friendships
But they were the way friendships were meant to be had
Friendships that spanned decades and were unconditional
Friendships that will transcend eternity
So it is Karen’s wish
That you celebrate her life
Carry forward her message
And let her light watch over each of you
And you know… SHE WILL
August 25, 2022
August 25, 2022
Every time I hear Latin music I think of you
I miss you
August 23, 2022
August 23, 2022
With a shock I also realized, after reading the lovely tributes, that it's been 3 years...but of course it has. I made the trip to NY in early August, partly to see family who were staying in NY that summer, but more because I had this urgent feeling, even more pressing as the weeks went by & we talked, to go see her ASAP. Even though (true to her spirit) Karen was still in an upbeat mood inspite of more & more health issues, there was this extreme urgency in the back of my mind - and I'm SO glad I went... Only 2 weeks later she wasn't with us anymore... And although thinking of her radiant smile so very often, when August comes around at this time again it's a prominent, daily thought, that we all are here only for a borrowed time - and have to make the best of it with our dear friends.
August 21, 2022
August 21, 2022
Oh Karen,
So much we shared and still missing you.
Kindergarten and our 50 high school reunion we planned together, and being with u before u passed and watching how brave you were.
August 20, 2022
August 20, 2022
Time goes marching by my friend...yet, it is like no passing at all. You remain fresh in my mind and heart and in reflection , you still bring a smile to my face .  Your heart and soul still touch many
August 20, 2022
August 20, 2022
I think of Karen every day when I do my Yoga/Qi Gong practice. Karen and I were on a similar "Path" and felt like 'kindred Spirits". She LIVED her Life embodying Caring; Joy; deep Faith and Open-Hearted Love.When we were sharing our deep connection with our Jewish Roots, we both discovered that each of us had become an "Adult Bat Mitzvah" at about the same time! Karen was/is an INSPIRATION to all of us! I will always Love, Admire and Honor her Memory!
August 20, 2022
August 20, 2022
On this day. my thoughts of the most fondest memories of our life together. Miss her dearly.
August 20, 2022
August 20, 2022
3 years later and still missed every day.
August 20, 2022
August 20, 2022
Hi Mom,
I cannot believe that it has been three years since you passed. I think of you every day and I do know that you are free and happy.
xoxo,
Jeff
July 8, 2022
July 8, 2022
Happy Birthday, dear Karen! On earth or in heaven, I wish you the sun and the moon. I’ll never forget you. Your style and grace precedes you…you are my shining star, my beautiful friend! My heart is hugging your heart. ❤️❤️
July 7, 2022
July 7, 2022
Though time passes you remain ever vibrant in my memory and in my heart, Karen. I hold the memories close...so very happy our paths crossed and our friendship grew. 
July 7, 2022
July 7, 2022
Karen,

I see the small oak chest you gave me when you left your Douglaston home every day and think of you. Your smile and sweetness is forever missed by me and many friends and family. You were an old friend from kindergarten who I reconnected with over 15 yrs ago. Sorry we lost touch after school. Sleep well my friend and dance if you can
July 7, 2022
July 7, 2022
You meant so much to so many Karen. always will. Friends, colleagues, family and everyone whose lives you enriched. Rest in peace my friend.
July 7, 2022
July 7, 2022
  How could I ever forget the birth date of the woman who I admired from afar for a number of years - who then coerced me to come work for her - becoming my boss - then my friend. I miss many things - but sharing a laugh and a story is my favorite.  Still have your messages on my phone — for when I need a little Healing Mind. 
July 7, 2022
July 7, 2022
So glad Karen's message came up...
Still thinking of her on an almost daily basis. Also cause recently more have passed - yes some because of Covid.
I have been going through pictures these past couple of months, and am looking for a couple of pictures we have with Karen.
Rest softly, Karen....
Missing you - always. Ina Oost Topper
July 7, 2022
July 7, 2022
Happy Birthday, Mom.

I hope that you are dancing among the stars. I miss you every day.

Love you,
Jeff
July 7, 2022
July 7, 2022
Happy birthday, Karen. I think of you often, especially when I hear a quote or even when I’m planning special activities. You were my greatest mentor. I hope you spend the day dancing on the clouds! You are forever missed but your presence is always felt.
August 20, 2021
August 20, 2021
Karen - if I had a penny for every time I thought of you - I could finally afford to get my face lift!  Miss you
August 20, 2021
August 20, 2021
I'm so proud to have called you my friend. You made such a difference in the world, Karen You did so much to enrich the lives of others. We'll always miss you.
August 20, 2021
August 20, 2021
God left a big void on this earth when he took you back home. After two years, I mourn your passing the same as I did when you left us. You were like no other; so full of your laughter and hugs and smiles; of our long and spiritual conversations; of true friendship that is called a bonding of heart and mind. My heart is hugging your heart, our mambo queen! Forever and always, Sandie
August 20, 2021
August 20, 2021
Thank you Karen... You made a difference... Professionally and personally you made a difference to everyone you touched... and many you didn't even know.
You are missed...
Love Ray
August 20, 2021
August 20, 2021
Yes I remember Karen as a special friend. We met in kindergarten and played in Coney Island. We were in schools together up till Lincoln HS and then lost touch till we worked on our 50th HS reunion and then again when she moved to Douglaston. We had dinner and went to movies together till she got sick again . I visited her at her apt and later at her son’s house and near the end at the hospice. I will always remember her smile and how her face lit up even near the end.
Be safe and pain free now my friend.
Judy 
August 20, 2021
August 20, 2021
Always in my heart, Karen...always enter my thoughts..always grateful for our friendship...


Mary Lambertson
July 12, 2021
July 12, 2021
Karen,
We still miss you and always will
Judy
July 7, 2021
July 7, 2021
I was dancing to the music you loved and it brought back memories of the good times we had. I miss you
Diane
July 7, 2021
July 7, 2021
The days are very few that Karen does not come to my mind..... simply because she was so very much connected to Rick and I getting married in their home in Queens. All the pictures in our wedding album were taken in that lovely home, with Karen in many of them !
Thank you for sending this connection to her today !!!
July 7, 2021
Dear Karen,.
You were always so positive, a person to trust and so caring. We will always remember you.
With love,
The Anderson’s
Carmen, Gary, Lana & Vanessa
July 7, 2021
July 7, 2021
Dearest Karen,
Remembering your smile, your energy, your light, your compassion and joy. Missing you and remembering our times together.
July 7, 2021
July 7, 2021
Happy Birthday, Mom. Thinking of you with love and wonderful memories.
I miss you every day.
July 7, 2021
July 7, 2021
July 7th 1943, I received the greatest gift anyone can ask for. Although she is no longer with us, her sprit and fond memories will stay in our hearts forever.
July 7, 2021
July 7, 2021
Happy birthday my sweet Karen. You are never far from my mind and always in my heart
July 7, 2021
July 7, 2021
I still miss you, Karen..but, I know you are with the Angel's. You gave so much. Your presence brought a vibrant energy to us. 
You were a gift...an everlasting gift.
April 30, 2021
April 30, 2021
I knew Karen in kindergarten and still remember her cute face. And I knew her before she died and she still glowed with love and warmth till her last. She was a special friend and I will remember her till I die. We shared lovely moments in the last 10 years since our 50th Lincoln reunion which she helped plan with a small committee
Wherever you are Karen, I send my love
August 23, 2020
August 23, 2020
Fifty-seven years, and a couple of hours ago, I took my first breath. It is now a year since you've left this physical life, and I truly believe that you've electrified the energy, wherever you are.

I SELFISHLY MISS YOU EVERY DAY!

I celebrate you, and all that you've accomplished, by carrying the best parts of you forward. I love you mom
August 20, 2020
August 20, 2020
I miss our good times, especially dancing. You are one of the nicest people I have every met. Your spirit remains.
August 20, 2020
August 20, 2020
Not a day goes by you are not thought of. I miss your laugh and our phone calls. I miss your words but those that we shared will alway be with me.
August 20, 2020
August 20, 2020
A year since you left us Karen. It's hard to believe. I miss you and think of you often. Your beauty and your incredible spirit lives on. You made this world a better place.

Much love,
Isabel
August 20, 2020
August 20, 2020
Still miss this beautiful lady. This spring as the flowers started to bloom and all through summer, I thought of sending a picture to Karen of the blossoms. It had become second nature to me to send the snapshots to Karen. Then I sat there Wishing I could still send them..as she had crossed over. Love you, my friend...hold you close in my heart.
August 20, 2020
August 20, 2020
Could it be one year that you’re gone? Sometimes it feels like yesterday, sometimes eons ago. I think of you so, so often...your face will appear in my mind’s eye and I close mine and drink in your smile. You were and are one in a million dear friend. I miss you so.
August 20, 2020
August 20, 2020
Dearest Karen,
On this first year of your passing I wanted to remember you for what you were. A wonderful human being. We all miss you deeply.
With love,
The Andersons
Carmen, Gary Lana & Vanessa
August 20, 2020
August 20, 2020
Good morning Mom,

I hope that you get to read this today, I know that you have been busy. :)

I just wanted to tell you that I miss you and how much I love you. Today is so bittersweet. I was so heartbroken when you passed on this day last year but I was also so relieved. Your physical body was not allowing you to reflect your amazing spirit anymore and it was hard to see you that way. I know that you are spreading all of your positive energy and love along with all of the other angels.
You are forever in my heart.
August 10, 2020
August 10, 2020
Thank you so much for keeping Karen's emory alive. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her. It's been just about 1 year, and now she's in my mind even more than ever.
Ina T.
July 12, 2020
July 12, 2020
Karen was truly "A Star" whose light warmed and illumined the Path for all of us:colleagues; students; friends; family;residents. I knew Karen for over 40 years as a colleague through METRO and other professional organizations but we were on the same BODY/MIND/SPIRIT wavelength. So, when I learned she was ill, I spoke with her about sending her "remote REIKI", Universal Loving Energy. We set aside a specific time for me to "send" and her to "receive" and I felt I was channeling loving Life-Force to her. Karen was always positive and approached her "Transition" courageously and with Love in her heart. I told Karen that she was our Guide and always an inspiration. When I think of Karen, I think of the Joy she gave to everyone and the Joy she derived from living Life to the fullest.
July 10, 2020
Dearest Karen,
You’ll always be remembered.
We miss you,
The Andersons
Carmen, Gary, Lana & Vanessa
July 7, 2020
July 7, 2020
Happy birthday dear friend. Missing you and remembering your beautiful, radiant smile and loving energy. Keep dancing with the angels.
July 7, 2020
July 7, 2020
Happy Birthday Mama. I am sure it was a day filled with music and dance. It is hard to believe it is almost a year since I heard your voice. I miss you every day.
July 7, 2020
July 7, 2020
Miss you my Dear Director, Leader and Friend ... and so wishing I could hear you laugh and so wishing I could talk to you again.... about anything or nothing at all ---- xo  AND--- the power went out at Gurwin this morning ---- just for a quick moment -- it was you, I know it was you
July 7, 2020
July 7, 2020
Happy Birthday in Heaven Karen!
I was one of the lucky ones who got to know Karen since the early 90's with our professional connection of LILSA and NYSTRA and all the board work and committee work we did together. Again... Lucky for me that professional connection grew into a very nice friendship. She was a pleasure to know and a light to all who met her! 
With Fond memories and a smile on my face...
Ray Archer
BTW: The Poem is beautiful.
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August 25, 2022
August 25, 2022
Every time I hear Latin music I think of you
I miss you
August 23, 2022
August 23, 2022
With a shock I also realized, after reading the lovely tributes, that it's been 3 years...but of course it has. I made the trip to NY in early August, partly to see family who were staying in NY that summer, but more because I had this urgent feeling, even more pressing as the weeks went by & we talked, to go see her ASAP. Even though (true to her spirit) Karen was still in an upbeat mood inspite of more & more health issues, there was this extreme urgency in the back of my mind - and I'm SO glad I went... Only 2 weeks later she wasn't with us anymore... And although thinking of her radiant smile so very often, when August comes around at this time again it's a prominent, daily thought, that we all are here only for a borrowed time - and have to make the best of it with our dear friends.
August 21, 2022
August 21, 2022
Oh Karen,
So much we shared and still missing you.
Kindergarten and our 50 high school reunion we planned together, and being with u before u passed and watching how brave you were.
Her Life
Hi Mom,
I cannot believe that it has been three years since you passed. I think of you every day and know that you are free and happy.
xoxo
Jeff
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Birthdays

July 7, 2022
Always remember this day with you and over the years sooo much more tenderly. Your spirit infuses all that I do, and you remind me that there are so many times when I am not as mindful or a good listener. that takes the pause and the breath.
I am still learning from you.
Nadya

Our Dress up times

September 1, 2021
How I miss getting ready for a party with you, dear 'sister' as you would call me.
We shared jewelry, especially native American style, and now I wear your necklace and watch. Each day I 'wear' a part of you, and feel you with me especially when I write in my journal or meditate. In fact, I am known for the fact that I encourage destressing with dance or music or mindfulness..
Love you always, Nadya
August 20, 2021
Missing our talks and missing you. You are always in my heart. I often think WWKD and let all you taught and mentored guide me. Keep watching and keep dancing. 

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