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Karen Miori Nathan, 62, died quietly at her home March 7, 2010, after a seven-month battle with leukemia. She was born March 30, 1947, in Victoria. She was the second of four children.

She was raised in Victoria and attended Nazareth Academy until her graduation in 1965. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Texas in 1971, on the same day as her marriage to her husband, Terry.

She taught special education in Bastrop and Austin until the birth of their daughter. Her true passion was cooking, and she was able to pursue that talent both as a caterer and as owner of the Orange Blossom restaurant in Kingsland. She never passed up an opportunity to cook for any occasion. When not in the kitchen, she loved antiquing.

She was involved in numerous church and civic activities. At St. Austin’s Catholic Church, she taught Sunday school and served on the parish council, and volunteered for all things that involved hospitality. In the community, she volunteered to help several organizations including KLRU, the Heritage Society, Junior Helping Hand and Hope Village in Friendswood.

She made and kept friends throughout her life and was close to almost everyone she ever came in contact with. She will be missed by many, but most of all by her family.

In addition to her husband, survivors include daughter Alison; brother Steve Miori of Victoria; sister Mary Miori of Friendswood; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded  in death by her parents Vivian and Ray Miori; and her sister Jan Miori.

A memorial service is 10:30 a.m. March 13 at St. Austin’s Catholic Church, with commitment of her ashes immediately following at St. David’s Episcopal Church, both in Austin.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family requests donations be made to Hope Village Foundation, where her sister has resided for 11 years.

Arrangements are under the direction of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd. in Austin, (512) 452-8811.

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