Karla Olivarez was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. She is the daughter of Blanca E. Olivarez and the late, Thomas Olivarez. She attended Lopez High School and graduated in May of 2002. When she was sixteen, she was introduced to the funeral industry by working visitation and rosaries for Albert Vega. She moved to Houston, Texas and enrolled at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. She graduated in 2003 and began her apprenticeship at Garza Memorial Funeral Home in Brownsville, Texas. She has been employed at Thomae-Garza Funeral Home as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since September 2007.