After a valiant 29-year battle with brain cancer, Karen passed away in her parents’ arms at the Kelowna Hospital on Dec 8, 2010 at 34 years of age. Karen will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her mother Pat; father Rick; brother Todd; special aunt Betty Farris; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; her special friend Darryl Harand; and other close friends she considered family.

Karen was born in Calgary in 1976 and moved with her family to the USA in 1982 living in Denver, Colorado and Houston, Texas where she graduated from high school winning a President’s Education Award from Bill Clinton for Dedication to Excellence. The cancer dropped into her spine causing paraplegia, which prevented Karen from attending college. Her parents returned to Canada in 1999 and retired to Kelowna where Karen was able to spend 11 happy years. She enjoyed the loving care she received at her Lifestyle Equity home and the time spent with wonderful friends at Gospel Fellowship Church, KDSCL, Kelowna Food Bank, Sunshine Farms, Special Olympics, Disabled Sailing, Parkinson Recreation, TIRR, CRIS and COBIS; and she loved her Kelowna Rockets!

Karen was a kind, warm-hearted, cheerful, optimistic woman with an indomitable spirit. She touched the hearts of most she met, was an inspiration to many, and knew she is going to a better place where she will run and walk again and play cards with her beloved Grandma.

Special thanks to the LES staff of Felix Road residence for the years of wonderful care to the end, and to the kind staff of Kelowna Hospital. A memorial service will be held at Springfield Home, 2020 Springfield Road at 1:00 pm Monday, December 20, 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Karen’s memory to ‘Brain Care BC’ at: BC Cancer Foundation 399 Royal Avenue Kelowna BC, V1Y 5L3 Condolences may be sent to the family at www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.

Kelowna Capital News

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