Amanda (Mandy) Karsten Howe of Enumclaw passed away in the early morning hours of August 20, 2016. She was born September 4, 1983 at Logan Regional Hospital, Logan, Cache County, Utah.
Mandy is a 2001 graduate of Enumclaw High School and attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.
Mandy was employed as an independent research scientist providing web-based, scientific support in entomology, specifically the area of arachnology where she became a self-taught expert in identification and behavior of spiders. Her work and photographs are included in several scientific papers and books. Mandy picked the tag "Lady Arachnophile" for her work and often spent hours working with research scientists, photographers, forest rangers, book publishers and even concerned parents to provide assuring assistance and accurate guidance on everything to do with spiders.
Mandy's loves included her family, spiders, art, crocheting, cross-stitch, guitars, photography and poetry.
Mandy is survived by her loving and heart-broken parents of Enumclaw, Curtis and Laura Howe; and the sister she loved, Bailey (Dane) Moller of Bonney Lake, Washington. She was so looking forward to the arrival of her first nephew Grayson Moller. Mandy was the first born grandchild of, and is survived by, Donald and Joyce Murray of Richmond, Utah; and Glenn and Luise Howe of Layton, Utah. Uncles and aunts include: Tom (Paula) Murray, Betty (Don) Wilkins, Ted Howe and Sue Gasson McGinn, Sally Howe and Kraig Rice. Mandy says goodbye to her cousins: Candy, Annette, Katrina, Crystal, Tyrel, Chelsea, Sam, Landon, Maggie, Colin and Sage.
It is way too soon for Mandy to have a funeral. Services will be held in Utah and Enumclaw at a future date. Mandy will be cherished always and loved forever.