Karen Horton, 60, loved the outdoors

Karen Casler Horton, 60, died Sept. 25, 2013 at New Milford Hospital. She was born in Boston, Mass. and was a mother, friend and family therapist.
Karen Casler Horton, 60, died Sept. 25, 2013 at New Milford Hospital. She was born in Boston, Mass. and was a mother, friend and family therapist.Contributed Photo

Karen Casler Horton, 60, of Roxbury, died Sept. 25 at New Milford Hospital.

She was a mother, devoted friend, and family therapist who spent a lifetime sharing her strength, determination, moral center, beauty and love with those around her.

"Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder." -- E.B. White

This quote speaks to the way she lived her life, seeking and sharing the unique beauty she found in everyday life.

She enjoyed being in nature, hiking, running and soaking in the outdoors. She also spent days in art museums, remembering the way her mother taught her how to appreciate art. She passed the same appreciation to her daughters.

She was known as a confident woman who was determined to support those around her with kindness, insight and grounded perfection.

She never lost her upbeat sense of humor, positive attitude and selflessness. She faced her cancer with poise, grace and a practicality that inspired those around her.

She was born in Boston and grew up in Newton, Mass. In 1975, she graduated from Goddard College in Vermont, and in 1983 earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Bridgeport.

After moving to Roxbury in 1984, she worked at various family therapy centers, and started her own private practice in Brookfield in 2008.

She was happiest when spending time with her daughters -- in the audience of their music recitals, reading their travel blogs and sharing in their success.

Her love and dedication inspired them to succeed, setting them on a path to follow their passions. She cultivated in them her love of classical music, nature, running and writing poetry.

She is survived by three daughters, Rebecca, Susannah and Lily; two brothers, Andrew and Peter Casler; Andrew's partner, Florinda; Peter's wife, Janet, and their three children, Alex, Sam and Justin; a sister, Linda Yamada, and her husband, Hideki, and their son, Isamu.

Memorials may be made to the Steep Rock Association Inc., P.O. Box 279, Washington Depot CT 06794, or email info@steeprockassoc.org.