Obituary: Mrs. Karen Rudder

Grandmother, longtime Claremont High School educator

Mrs. Rudder, a longtime Claremont resident, died at home on September 12, mercifully ending her long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 78 years old.

She was born in Bonne Terre, Missouri to Raymond and Evelyn Foshee on October 17, 1942. After marrying her husband Robert Rudder in 1963, the couple moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to work and attend university until the birth of their first child, Lisa, in 1968. The family then moved to Venice, California and soon welcomed a son, Christopher, in 1970. In search of better schools and opportunities for their children, the family moved to Claremont in 1978.

Mrs. Rudder worked for many years as an instructional assistant for special needs students at Claremont High School. She retired in 1998, enjoying her free time reading, gardening, sewing, traveling, researching genealogy, and, in 2002, becoming a grandmother.

Mrs. Rudder is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert; daughter Lisa Carty and son-in-law David; son Christopher Rudder and daughter-in-law Carla; grandchildren Michael and Jacob Carty; brother Michael Foshee; her beloved caregiver Brittany Jones; and many nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of her life is pending. Donations in Mrs. Rudder’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at


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