Karen E. Ramsey
Karen E. Ramsey
January 23, 1968 ‐ October 05, 2020
Karen Ramsey, age 52, died on October 5, 2020 at her home in the Trinidad neighborhood of Washington DC. She was a community activist, photographer, cyclist, passionate environmentalist and devoted friend to many.
Karen was born January 23, 1968 and grew up in various towns in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
She attended Indian Lake High School and went on to earn her bachelor's degree in Sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1989 and her master’s degree in Environment and Resource Policy from The George Washington University in 1999.
When Karen joined the Peace Corps in 1990, her first assignment took her to Cameroon where she worked in community development. Over two decades, she served four tours including Mali, Togo, and Kazakhstan.
Karen showed up. In everything she did, Karen brought a spirit of love, compassion and service. Many considered her the unofficial “Mayor of DC” because she immersed herself in every aspect of her city and her beloved Trinidad neighborhood. Karen showed up for everything from Supreme Court cases to ANC meetings, from national marches on the Mall to evening porch sittings with neighbors. On any given day and in any weather, Karen could be seen biking around the city with her camera, capturing the many moments and souls of Washington in her award winning photography. Karen showed up for her friends in their times of need and in celebrating every milestone. Karen showed up for her neighbors to help fix a fence, photograph a newborn, or cat-sit. In her rare down time, Karen enjoyed reading and knitting, often making gifts for her friends and neighbors.
Karen is survived by her mother, Ruth Ramsey, her sister, Donna Feorene and brother-in-law Brent, nieces and nephew Catherine, Brent and Camille, many aunts, uncles and cousins including a special relationship with Aunt Claudia Levy and numerous friends all over the world.
In light of COVID restrictions, a virtual/spiritual memorial to honor Karen’s life will be held on Saturday, October 24th at 2 PM EDT https://www.facebook.com/TrinidadNeighborhood where friends can focus on happier times with Karen. The family will have a private ceremony at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to make a tribute gift to Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) Checks may also be sent to the attention of the Humane Rescue Alliance Development Office at 71 Oglethrope Street NW Washington, DC 20011.