Karen Margaret (Kleveland) May

Date of Death

April 8, 2021

Karen Margaret (Kleveland) May passed away on 4/8/2021 in the comfort of her home from the cancer she so bravely lived with for over 27 years. Karen was born in 1941 in Hemet, California to Thomas Laverne Kleveland and Margaret Louise (Vettel) Kleveland. They soon moved to Santa Barbara, California where Karen spent the entirety of her childhood and most of her adult life. During her childhood Karen spent as much time as she could at the Museum of Natural History down the street from her home, and at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens where she developed her deep, everlasting love of nature and made some life-long friendships. During her adult life she spent 18 years working as a legal secretary and built some more long-term friendships. She enjoyed spending her free time birding, gardening, taking walks near her mountain top home on West Camino Cielo, exploring her artistic and crafty talents, and creating the “Tom and Margaret Kleveland Family History Album”. Later in life she studied watercolor painting through adult education for several years and became quite an accomplished artist. She had some wonderful adventures traveling with her painting group friends to Italy (twice), Greece, and Maine. She also traveled to Japan (three times), Costa Rica and the Yucatán. Her journals and artwork from these trips will be cherished by those who survive her. Karen is survived by her husband Dean May; Brother: Christopher Kleveland, his wife Patty Aoyama and her daughter Lauren.Children: Jan Birdsell and Lisa Grimm. Stepchildren: Deborah (Grimm) Werner and husband Tom Werner, and their children Katherine, Nicolas, and MadelineMarina May; Colin May, his wife Mandy, and their son Winston.Grandchildren: Jesse Crotty; Hannah (Crotty) Kidd and husband Ian Kidd and their son Sawyer. Stepgrandchildren: Katherine Werner; Nicolas Werner; Madeline Werner Nieces: Margaret Kleveland; Katherine Kleveland and her husband Colin Nash Grand nieces and nephews: Wilder, Shepard and Prairie Nash; Julian Ramey and Georgina Demitrevic A Potluck Picnic “Celebration of Life” for Karen will be held on Sunday, June 27th, 2021 at Skofield Park Area “C” from 12PM – 4PM. Please bring a dish of your choice to share. Also, we are creating a book of memories to honor Karen. If you have a special memory to contribute please bring it in paper form (8”x 11” or smaller) to be added to the loose leaf/page protector binder style book. Funny stories, poems, letters, artwork, photos, or anything else that reminds you of Karen for the Memory book will be deeply appreciated by her family.


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