It is with profound sadness and with our deepest love, Karen’s family announces her passing at age 66 years, after a brief battle with lung cancer.
Karen’s incredible life is celebrated by her loving partner of 17 years, Susan; twin brother Kevin; brother Norm (Sharon); niece Robyn (Jason); great-niece Ivy (the other love of her life); nephew & godson Jay (Chelsea); uncle Hugh; goddaughter Amanda (CJ); godson Kyle; many Lappin cousins and extended family.
Karen is also remembered with much love by Susan’s family; mom, Carol; brother Grant (Sharon); sister Wendy (Ted). Karen was blessed with strong lifelong friends who she deeply cherished and loved, too many to mention but especially childhood friends Marilla (Barry), Patt, Diane (Steve), special friends Colleen, Brent, Renee, Jeanette, and Sandi: as well as many work colleagues who became important friends in her life.
She was predeceased by her brother Rick; aunt Mary; Karen’s precious mother Gladys, and her cousin Dani.
Karen loved and lived life big. She had an infectious personality with a spirit of Irish feistiness and strength, combined with humour, joy, courage, compassion and unconditional love for those nearest and dearest to her. To know Karen and be in her circle, was a gift that kept on giving. She was a champion of those who faced life’s challenges. Her nearly 40 years of working for the Alberta Government gave her the opportunity to work with children, early childhood development, families with disabilities, youth and young adults with addictions and mental health challenges. Karen retired in 2014 as an Assistant Deputy Minister and was very well respected; while the issues were serious and challenging, she was a fun boss to work with. Karen’s passion to make a difference continued in retirement serving on several community Boards. Retirement also brought much joy and happiness, entertaining family and friends at Susan and Karen’s cabin at Pigeon Lake – our little piece of heaven.
The family gives heartfelt thanks to Palliative Home Care Pod C (especially nurse Karen), Dr. Allison Chabassol at the Cross Cancer Institute, and Dr. Brit-Leigh Fermaniuk and the staff on Unit 43 Palliative Care Unit, Grey Nun’s Hospital, for their care and compassion during Karen’s brief cancer journey.
Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID – 19 restrictions, a Private Service for family and friends will be held at 1:00p.m., on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020, at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 – 114 Street NW, Edmonton. For those who are unable to attend, please click here to view her service via webcast.
As promised to Karen, a full Celebration of Life and a good party will follow when allowed.
Donations may be made to the Edmonton Community Foundation – Gladys Ferguson Fund; Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (Edmonton); Cross Cancer Institute, or to a charity of one’s choice.