Karen Carlson (October 20, 1956 – December 11, 2007)
Karen believed strongly that Camp Gilead is a highly effective evangelistic outreach and that she should support it in every way possible. She was excited about and supported any project going on at camp, if it would further the ministry that she so dearly loved. Karen attended Family Camp for years with her husband, Jim, and later with her children, too. Her kids, Daniel and Katie, have attended youth camps and helped in the kitchen and on summer staff. Karen herself often volunteered in the kitchen, pop’s inn, and especially the overseeing of our nurse’s station. Being a nurse, she took on the job of making sure that the healthcare at camp was readily available in the summer by inventorying and purchasing the needed supplies, talking to doctors about standing orders and backing up our nurses any way she could. Karen also enjoyed attending Women’s Retreat and Mother-Daughter Retreat and always donated gift baskets for give-aways at those events. Karen was an avid scrapbooker and quilter and helped start her church’s annual ladies’ retreat to camp to work on all of their unfinished craft projects. Camp Gilead truly will miss this dear friend. We are all better off for having known her.