Karen Bellous, aged 47 of Edmonton, passed away on March 11, 2023, after a journey with pancreatic cancer. The disease moved quickly to rob her of energy, the ability to eat, and eventually her hair. It did not take her joy in life and her sense of peace and calm. Even when she was suffering and in pain, when you were in her presence you could feel the joy of life that was in her. Her smile was unstoppable. Those that visited shared laughter, great conversation, quiet moments, and tears.
Karen was born in Edmonton to Marlene and Dale Peterson. After Karen attended the University of Alberta to study Education, she joined the Edmonton Public School board where she spent over 20 years teaching and this year started her first principalship.
Karen is survived by her husband, Dave; son, Lucas; daughter, Amelie; her father, Dale; mother, Marlene; brother, Keith; and sister, Shauna.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2023 at Connelly-McKinley Downtown Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks that you make a donation to a local food bank, or toward cancer research.
Arrangements entrusted to Connelly-McKinley Downtown Funeral Home.
“Tears can heal, memories can comfort, and love lives on forever.” My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Barb ( Bellows ) Patzer says
I am so sad for your loss. I pray that God’s peace and comfort will overshadow the grief and the joy of knowing that she is free from pain and that we will see her again, will fill your hearts.
She will always live on in the wonderful memories that you had together as a family. You are in my thoughts and prayers through this season of grieving.
Sharon Church says
Karen married into the Bellous family. I had a few discussions with her at family reunions on deep topics like education, parenting, faith. I always enjoyed her perspectives of someone of the next generation. I am so sorry that she is gone from this earth, but her influence lives on.
May God continue to bless you and comfort you always.
Nick and Nadine Dagg says
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. Sending love and positive vibes. We are here for you with what ever you need.
Nick and Nadine
Lynnan and Nick Roczkowsky says
Dave and family
Our hearts go out to you.
Karen was as you said a special person. We experienced her zest for life every time you visited Elkwater.
Please if you can visit us again know we would be so pleased.
Hold on to all your memories and she will always be with you
Lynnan and Nick Roczkowsky
Paige and Adrian says
We are both so deeply touched by Karen’s beautiful life and death journey, her service to education and her community, and her deep connection with her family and friends. She is our teacher in so many ways. Our hearts are aching for her husband, children, parents, extended family, friends, students, and colleagues. May her memory bring continual hope and joy.
Miriam Visser says
We were so sad to hear the news of Karen’s passing. Sending our love to the family as they journey through this difficult time.
So, sorry to hear about Karen’s passing. I got to know her she was at ECNE and at her last school too. She had a very caring heart and was always committed to her students and families. She will be missed greatly!
Melissa Ristau says
I’m so sad to hear of Karen’s passing. Karen and Dave were the first family to welcome my family into their home for a meal when we moved to Edmonton and started attending FBC. Our deepest condolences to all of her friends and family. Praying for peace and comfort for all during this time. From Ken and Melissa Ristau and family.