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Obituary of Karen Lee-Martin
On July 3, 2017, our Gypsy Blue Butterfly found her wings. She did not believe that death was the end but the beginning, “I feel there is a vast and incomprehensible manifestation we can only dream of, I am not afraid!” How brave she was marching forward, concerned only for the wellbeing of the ones she would leave behind. The vast number of people that truly loved her is a testament of how she lived her life, and lived she did!
Blue was born on 3/28/1956 in Shreveport, La to parents Harvey Dalton Lee of Summerfield, La. and Clemon Odessa Weldon Lee of Shreveport. She was a good student and attended Southwood High School where she graduated in 1974. Always the free spirit, after graduation she moved to the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Karen Sue Lee left Shreveport on this journey and “Blue” Lee returned. Blue would later say that Alaska was where she felt most free, the people and landscape allowed her to cultivate the gypsy spirit that remained with her throughout her life time. How lucky, we here in Shreveport, were that she did eventually find her way home and infuse our everyday lives with music, art, photography, and simple wisdom. She was an artist in every sense of the word. While much of her photography was shot in black and white, she lived her life in color. Her love for humanity extended to all races, all income levels, and all creatures under the heavens. One did not have to wonder what Blue thought of each of us, all one should do is look at the images captured through her heart and her camera lens. There remain pieces of Blue all over Shreveport, she can be seen in the murals that she painted, the photos that she shared, the musical artists that she inspired. She and her congas were the connectors, connecting people with people until we all became a huge circle of friends!
When Blue married Vic Johnson of Dangerfield, Texas, it was that union that produced what she would call her favorite piece of art that she had created and that was her only child Jeri Autumn Johnson Pearson, who was born in Shreveport in 1979. Jeri gifted Blue with her “Lil T-Bird”, Trinity Lee Pearson, who was born in 2003 and lives with her father Jeff Pearson of Malvern, Ar. In these two girls, Blue was most proud. Family was important to Blue and we would like to mention her brothers and sisters. Lloyd Mark Polk, Carolyn Ann Dees and Carol Andrews. She loved her two nieces Raquel Rich and Molly Dees, and her nephew Ross Dees. She was very close to her cousin Richard Burnette Lee, born only 9 days apart, who lives in Northglenn, Co. with whom she spent many a day in joy and mischief.
Blue’s life will be celebrated on July 30, 2017 at Columbia Park. Per her request she would like a picnic acoustic jam that includes family, friends, children, pets and of course music. In attendance will be “Bubba” Lee Martin who was Blue’s rescued Dachshund who she loved very dearly. Please join us from 10:00 to 2:00 with a chair, your instruments, and your stories. Once again Blue will connect us all in a circle of love and remembrance.
A message from Blue written on June 30, 2017 that we can all hold in our hearts. “Good night, I’ll be sending you dreams to contemplate tomorrow, with a smile.” While we have shed many tears of grief at her passing, let us now share many smiles when we remember her remarkable life.