In Memoriam

Karren Waid

Chicago Tribune Jul 17, 1993:

Karren J. Waid, 23, a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, died Monday in a bus accident in Togo.

Miss Waid, who was living in Naloag in Togo and formerly resided in Wilmette, was fighting off the encroachment of the desert in Togo by digging wells and planting trees there. She was on her way to a Togo Women in Development committee meeting when she was killed.

"She spoke the local language and considered the people in her village part of her family," said Mandi Summers, a friend and fellow Peace Corps volunteer there.

"She was compassionate, caring and confident. Karren had been there for more than a year and had just completed two wells, one of them in her village. She was also working with a tree nursery to plant native species and to grow ones that could improve the soil for farming. She had a real relationship with the people."

She graduated from New Trier High School in 1987 and from Wheaton College in 1991. Before her senior year, she spent the summer in Japan at the English Language Teaching Institute, teaching children English. After graduation, she worked for several months in a cannery in Alaska.

"She loved a challenge," said her sister, Beth Prince. "She was offered a cushier job in the Peace Corps teaching but turned it down."

Survivors include her parents, Gene and Judy; two grandmothers, Elinore Berglund and Miriam Waid; and three sisters.

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03/30/12 02:40 PM #1    

Tonya Muro

I had NO idea!  I am saddened by this news, and remember Karren fondly.  - Tonya

04/22/12 09:24 PM #2    

Karen Backe

Agreed, Tonya, she was a really good egg. So sad.

05/03/12 01:20 AM #3    

Susie Levinberg

Karren was one of the sweetest people I knew in high school.  She did not have a mean bone in her.  She could put a smile on anyone's face.  I'm so saddened to learn of her passing.  I feel blessed to have known Karren.

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