Kristen Karmel Palmer (Brown), 48, of Washington, DC, passed away on March 14, 2023, at her home, attended with love.
Born in Maryland on February 15, Kristen graduated from Wheaton High School in 1993. She would often excitedly remind her closest friends about her membership in the Drama Club. In 1997, Kristen earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Applications from Montgomery College. Concurrent to working as a Development Programmer, Kristen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College in 2004.
Kristen then pursued her unconditional love for animals through pet grooming, a talent she informally maintained after returning to information technology work in 2009. In 2010, Kristen relocated to DC, formalizing her love for a city that she would refuse to move from; that same year, Kristen began dating her future husband and partner of 13 years, Kenneth Dean. In 2012, Kristen discovered her talent for project management, a career she excelled in with Booz Allen Hamilton, earning her Project Management Professional certification in 2015. Between government contracts, Kristen managed technology for a DC-based think tank.
As an outspoken advocate of fun, Kristen would encourage any inclination, exemplified by her adventures in karaoke, live music, river rafting, scuba diving, skydiving, tent camping, thrill rides, ziplining, or simply a little more good wine. Any next-day recoveries would find a supportive yet unremorseful Kristen. While her wanderlust was only partially satiated, she traveled to France, Germany, Great Britain, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, and more. Regardless of where she was, Kristen would undoubtedly have a book, often part of a fantasy series with plenty of scenes around a cozy campfire. Kristen adored friendship and effortlessly created lifelong bonds in nearly every environment.
Kristen is survived by her husband Kenneth Dean, parents Allison & Bart Brown, and her star sisters Patricia Simon, Ellen Lengermann, and Iris Heise. She is predeceased by her beloved grandparents Lillian & Charles Karmel, George & Geraldine Brown, and her dear friend Rachel Ostach.
As a Hodgkin Lymphoma survivor, Kristen's radiation treatment in 2000 likely led to her developing stage four cancer in 2022, which was resistant to traditional therapies and clinical trials. Throughout her 11 months of medical care and several treatment plans, Kristen's strength and emotional resilience were beyond comparison. Per her request, Kristen's husband and friends will host a celebration of life event on May 12, and her parents will hold a religious memorial service on April 22. Donations in her memory may be made to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.