KAREN PARRISH RAPPORT met her husband, Chick Rapport, in the fall of 1970, while undergrads at San Diego State. His roommate and her roommate were close friends from the same city. They have been married since April, 1974 and have “3 beautiful, awesome daughters ( and 3 great sons-in-law), and 10 grand children, so far, ( 7 boys and 3 girls), ages ranging from 1 year to 13 years old.
“We enjoy each of them immensely and spend quite a bit of time together ( soccer, church, art/crafts, camping, beach, eating, exploring, playing, bbq, laughing, celebrating…). We are fortunate to all live in the same area, only 5-20 min between houses, ours being the farthest away. I am grateful to say that we are all active parts of the same local church body (Father’s House OC, Huntington Beach, CA), and am happy to say that for all of us, Jesus is our source and center…love, life and purpose!”
No pets now, but they have had “a bazillion cats, lizards, fish, turtles, and a crawdad, Spotty.” She entered San Diego State as a bio major… (she loved the science but not the math) and graduated in Psychology. At the end of her junior year, she took a semester leave of absence and traveled in Mexico and Guatemala, deciding if she really wanted to graduate. “I decided that I did!” She ended up being a PE teacher and found that her varied background was helpful as she taught the students about how their bodies work and how basic ethics play into being healthy and successful as an individual as well as a team member.
Karen is retired and spends time with family and friends: husband, grandkids, and her 95-year-old dad. She goes to the gym and does Zumba and yoga, works in the garden, attends Bible study and prayer worship, teaches Sunday School, and does other church-related activities, craft and art projects, and goes to many soccer games. “By the grace of God (partnering with Him and my husband),” she has raised 3 amazing daughters and invests herself in things she she believes bring life and joy in the long run, to herself and to others. Karen loved Mrs. Cannon’s Humanities class during senior year, and remembers a lot of fun dances. Once she and Lance Clenard dressed up as Bonnie and Clyde and “looked awesome!”