Family and Friends
After service to others, the most important thing in Karson’s life was her friends and family. Growing up claiming her Italian heritage, she was thrilled to be proven (sort-of) right when she got her Ancestry DNA results back. 15% Italian, 39% Irish, and 30% Scandinavian proved to Karson that she had claim to her Italian roots. It didn’t matter that the Irish percentage was more than double that of the Italian, Italian was all she saw and cared about since her great-grandmother Mimi was Italian.
Karson embraced the challenge of being a friend to anyone she would meet. Karson had an ease about her that provided comfort to those around her. Her genuine love for life and people created an atmosphere of acceptance and wholehearted interactions. Karson was known for her authenticity and she rarely hid her opinions. She was honest with those around her and she embraced her friends and others with open arms and an open heart, wanting only the best for them.
Karson was especially close to her mom, Debbie. Debbie became a single mom when Karson was six years old, creating a bond that could never be broken. Debbie and Karson were a team and truly enjoyed each other’s company. They were best friends and talked multiple times a day about what was going on in her life. She never worried about whether or not it was cool to do things with her mom. Karson and Debbie were often mistaken for sisters and Karson loved every moment of it. She was proud of her mom and was her biggest fan, while Debbie was Karson’s greatest cheerleader. The relationship and bond shared was a blessing to both of them.
Karson was also very close to her maternal grandparents who she lovingly referred to as Ama and Gdad. They were a huge light in Karson’s life and a great influence on her faith journey. She was their only grandchild so she was the recipient of lots of love and unnecessary Target trips. Karson’s dad, Jason, and step-mom, Laurie, blessed her with the title of big sister in January of 2007 with the birth of her little sister Lainee. Karson loved having a little sister and shared countless laughs and adventures with her. She was Lainee’s protector and took that role very seriously. Karson was also blessed to have her boyfriend, Tevin, whom she knew to be her soulmate. She was looking forward to her future with Tevin and grew even closer to him during her time away in Africa. They shared a fun and loving relationship and had many plans for the future together. Karson loved her family dearly and wanted nothing more than to spend quality time with them. She was actively involved in the lives of those she loved and cared about. When she loved you, she loved you fiercely and with all of her heart.