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Karen Kathleen Newton

Aug. 7, 1946 — Feb. 22, 2020

365体育投注Karen Kathleen Newton passed away in Davis on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the age of 73. Born in Florida and raised in Arizona, she was the child of Charles (Chuck) and Ruth Ann (Lupe) Newton.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Haggstrom, her brother Eric Newton, her nephews Travis Hof and Jonathan Newton and her niece Krista Newton. She was preceded in death by brother Hunter Newton and sister Kristina Hof.
Karen was raised an internationalist. Her father captained a naval vessel in the Pacific in World War II, and in the ’60s hosted a Japanese high school exchange student whom Karen considered a brother. In high school, Karen studied abroad in Germany and majored in German at Colorado College.

365体育投注After college, she became a political activist, opposing the U.S. intervention in Vietnam and protesting the U.S. invasions of Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan and Iraq. She was a firm supporter of the Cuban revolution. She enjoyed travel when her health permitted, visiting most of the European countries, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, Russia and Japan, and just last year went on an Alaskan cruise.

She was an early leader of the women’s liberation movement and participated in many other social justice causes.
365体育投注 As a socialist, Karen believed it was important to try to organize the working class. She had several industrial jobs, including in a New Jersey refinery. There, she routinely climbed refinery towers even though she was deathly afraid of heights.

365体育投注In 1985, she married Richard Haggstrom and moved to Los Angeles, where she helped raise Richard’s sister Marni and began a new career as a bilingual teacher.

In 1994, she and Richard moved to Davis, where she taught most recently at César Chávez Elementary, retiring in 2010.
In 2013, she was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. After multiple operations, she finally succumbed in the skilled nursing facility at the University Retirement Community.

Karen had a beautiful smile and made friends everywhere. She loved her teacher colleagues, her book club, her chair yoga classes at the Davis Senior Center, her chanting group, her Jin-Shin Jyutsu network and many other activities.
She was a citizen of the world, always anxious to see what would happen next. She loved her life and held on as long as she could.

365体育投注Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, at the URC auditorium, 1515 Shasta Drive in Davis.

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