LACW Karan Founds-Benton 1955 – 2018 R.I.P.

The LACW will have a memorial service for Karan at this Wednesday’s liturgy at 6pm (November 28). We have not yet heard from her family about funeral arrangements, but will post them here when matters are finalized.

It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved LACW community member Karán Founds-Benton joined the Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Karán recently gave up her three-year battle with stage four cancer, and with the approval of her doctors, stopped all treatment, except for pain medication. In mid-November she moved out of Hennacy House and went into hospice care with her family. Karán died peacefully in her sleep. She was 63.

When first diagnosed with cancer she was given approximately six months to live. Rejecting the usual chemo therapy and radiation treatments, she chose alternative forms of treatment and lived far beyond anyone’s expectations. She had a bucket list that she was dedicated to completing before passing, and was able to fulfill nearly all of her wishes and dreams.

A former teacher, Karán joined the LACW in 2013 after spending time at an Iowa Catholic Worker and immediately became active in a variety of projects including our clothes distribution, toiletries inventory, and footcare. She also was a periodic lay celebrant at our weekly liturgies.

Karán was dedicated to our war, nuclear weapons, and drone resistance efforts and was arrested several times up until one month before she died. Karán was also a poet, actor, and writer. She recently had a book of her poetry published and was working on a novel. Karán also loved singing, playing guitar, listening to symphony music and opera.

Along with the LACW community, Karán leaves behind a daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren. Thank you, Karán, for the love, comfort, joy, and happiness you brought to the many lives you touched in various ways. You will be deeply missed. R.I.P.



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  1. Sorry about Karan’s death. We who knew her were privileged to be witness to her journey on earth. She often lead the way, blessing us with her compassion, wisdom and her writing. Now she goes ahead of us on the journey to the God she loved and who welcomes her with open arms. Karan, lead the way! -Liza Apper, St. Benedict Catholic Worker.

    • Benny on November 25, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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    What an awesome woman–I’m very thankful to have had the chance to meet Karan this summer. Rest in peace and rest in power. <3

    • Donna Dunnahoe on November 25, 2018 at 9:13 pm
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    Karan was a good friend for many years. We will miss her dearly. She loved visiting us in our little woods in Hot Springs, AR. She came to write and meditate. She always shared her faith showing a spirit of love and mercy. Love you Karan Benton/Founds.

    • Elizabeth Murray on November 26, 2018 at 11:27 pm
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    May your soul find rest in Christ’s peace, Karan. We were privileged to host you earlier this month at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, where you carried out a 3-day vigil in front of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor to bear witness against the toxic violence of the Trident missile. Thank you for choosing to spend some of your final time with us. We are humbled and honored.

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