Lives Lived: Karen Harrison |

Lives Lived: Karen Harrison

Karen Litzsinger Harrison, of Nevada City, died Feb. 6. She was 66. She was at peace and at home, surrounded by her family.

She will be remembered with a family memorial of her life, art and pets on March 6.

Born March 16, 1943 in St. Louis to Jane McMurray Litzsinger and Leroy “Pete” Litzsinger, Mrs. Harrison graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in Ladue, Mo., in 1961.

She graduated from the art school at Washington University in St. Louis and worked in the art and graphics field as an illustrator for books, newspapers and greeting card companies, including Hallmark. She later moved to Seal Beach to work for an animation studio until she married in 1968 and joined her husband in Bakersfield, Calif., where he worked as an engineer for Chevron.

Mrs. Harrison continued to do fine art in a variety of mediums as she raised her children. In her later years, she created and sold fountains at shops in the Pleasant Hill, Calif., Nevada City and Grass Valley areas.

She was an accomplished poet, landscape designer and amateur interior designer. With her husband, she oversaw the building, remodeling and decoration of several homes; their Nevada City home was featured on the Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills 2007 garden tour.

Mrs. Harrison was also a lifelong animal lover, breeder and trainer, raising a diverse assortment of animals including horses, dogs, cats and her children’s numerous other pets, including chickens, rabbits, hampsters, frogs and the occasional wounded bird.

In 1980, she moved with her family to Tehachapi, Calif., where she started the Bear Valley Springs Community Art Association and the Bear Valley Springs Horsemen’s Association. She served on the Bear Valley Springs Environmental Control Committee for several years.

In 1987, she moved with her family moved back to Bakersfield, where they resided until 1995, when they moved to Pleasant Hill. The couple retired to Nevada City in 1999.

Mrs. Harrison is survived by her husband of 41 years, Thomas F. Harrison of Nevada City; daughter, Christine Harrison of Mill Valley, Calif.; son, Alex Harrison, daughter-in-law, Candace Harrison; twin granddaughters, Maya and Zoe Harrison of Davis, Calif.; sister, Susan Litzsinger Hawxhurst; and nephew, Ben Niven, his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Morgan Niven, all of Wentzville, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills.

Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.

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