by Helena Day Myers. Border Partners Co-founder
Border Partners–along with Kara’s family and many friends–mourn her passing. We will miss her steadfast love for the Mexican people and their culture. Kara was involved with Border Partners’ activities almost from the beginning in a number of important ways.
Kara had a nose for a bargain. She often contributed items she found while shopping. Palomas Oilcloth Designs also benefited from Kara’s knowledge as a seamstress. One of Kara’s first donations was her industrial sewing machine. I remember the time she brought it to my home in Columbus to instruct some of the women how to use it before it went to Palomas. Her encouragement–plus many more machines–has created a thriving business for several Palomas women who make oilcloth bags, aprons and table cloths which sell on Etsy.
Kara was Border Partners’ first paid employee in the U.S. She worked in 2017-2018 to assist with the growing number of tasks facing Polly and Peter Edmunds who served as volunteer managers at that time. Her writing skills and fluency in Spanish were a tremendous asset to this developing non profit organization.
Kara was also a journalist. As an activist, she wrote about environmental struggles in Southern New Mexico, especially Gila River and Florida Mountains. Her writing about Border Partners is still living on the Internet.
I met Kara when she was working as an archaeology guide for the Forest Service at Mesa Verde and Gila Cliff Dwellings. She and her husband Mark Andrews lived in Columbus, NM at that time. As long time sailors in Virginia they lived in a dwelling that reminded me of a sailing vessel. Always interested in other cultures, Kara dreamed of one day living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Several years ago, she and Mark moved there. Then, her stay was cut short by illness this spring.
Following are a few memories from friends in Columbus.
I can’t think of another person I knew who went more determined through life than Kara. She never stopped learning. I will truly miss her.”
“Kara was one of the most proactive people in our area, ranging from political and environmental activism to humanitarian aid. She was creative, tireless and generous. When I met Kara almost 20 years ago, she was wearing her archeologist’s hat and that is the memory I remember her by”.
This photo of Kara, posted on Facebook by a family member, represents that image we, her friends, remember.