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Karen Christine Hay

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Karen Christine Hay passed away last week at home in her yard. She loved her cats and was truly concerned with how people used the environment. She wanted the next generation to see the world the way it started, not just the way we left it after we were finished using it.
A graveside service for Karen is scheduled for 1:00 PM, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at South Park Cemetery with Pastor John Harrison officiating.
Karen was born in Aurora, Colorado to Charles and Ruby Hay. They moved to Biloxi, MS, then Southern CA, where she started college. Between these adventures she lived in Roswell, NM. After graduating from Eastern New Mexico University, Portales with several degrees including Physics, she moved to Las Cruces, where she started her dream job, programing computers at White Sands Missile Range. She helped rewrite the software that enabled the Patriot Missile to shoot down both incoming missiles and aircraft. Then came the environmentalist job she was born for. That job brought out the California girl in her, sort of. She knew the missile range was set aside for testing ordinance. She also knew the water shed under it flowed into El Paso and needed to be protected. She walked that tight rope until she retired to her home just outside of Las Cruses. She began remodeling it for a “retired person”. That job she was unable to complete. Karen was an accomplished photographer who focused on landscapes and wildlife. She was adventurous and enjoyed travel and exploring historical sights.
She is survived by her aunt, Christine Harrison formerly, of Roswell, NM, now in Spring, TX, and two cousins, David Harrison of Lubbock, TX and Nathan Harrison of Spring, TX, five second cousins and seven third cousins, a host of friends and an unknown number of cats.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.