Karens family heard the devastating news recently
that she had passed away. Karen was only 39 years old and had
so much life left to live.
Karen would have wanted us to celebrate her life and speak about
her achievements and our fond memories, with a smile on our
face. Let us not dwell on our significant loss, but instead
focus on paying tribute to Karens life.
Karen was a born organiser; she had a generous personality and
enjoyed helping others. She always had a smile on her face and
could brighten the darkest days. She cared a lot for her friends
and family and would do anything to help them. She had the same
care for her patients and her animals and was devoted to her
dogs, Loke and Pip. She was the most loving and caring person.
Karen enjoyed the outdoor life and was always an active and
participative member of a team. This was never more apparent
than when she joined the Territorial Army. She thoroughly enjoyed
her 10 years with the TA, whether it be travelling in army
class in the back of a military transport aircraft or
braving the elements on manoeuvres over the likes of Dartmoor.
She was certainly not faint hearted and never shirked the challenge.
Anyone who knew her would know she preferred the cold to the
heat, be it inside or out.
Karen was hard working and conscientious and took pride in her
career as a nurse and carer.
she has worked since her first job on a paper round at the age
of 12. She was a very compassionate person frequently putting
the needs of others above her own. Her Life was full of contrasts,
she equally enjoyed curling up with a good book or a bracing
walk with her dogs; her taste in fashion ranged from girlie
high heels and novelty handbags to gothic.
When younger, she was very much the big sister, encouraging
and helping Dawn, Paul and Robert in many ways whilst they were
growing up. In recent times she has enjoyed holidaying with
her family, be it trips to London with her mum Judith or staying
in Whitby with her dad Bill and Shirley. Judith particularly
remembers the quality time together just before last Christmas
in Italy and London, the memories she has of their time together
will always be very special. Karen also liked sharing her joys
and interests, like attending rock concerts, and trying to scare
Paul and Aaron at scare shows like Farmageddon. Karen enjoyed
adventures and challenges, particularly when shared with those
close to her.
Karen experienced many ups and downs in her life but friends,
particularly if following her on Facebook, will have witnessed
the happiness and contentment which had grown during this year
as her friendship with Aaron developed. We can take comfort
from the happiness she had felt over recent months.
Aaron would like to pay his tribute to Karen.
Karen was an amazing and beautiful woman inside and out.
I told her all the time how much of an impact she had on me.
Her unwavering drive has rubbed off on me and I will strive
to honour Karen throughout the rest of my life. I have so many
fond memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Even
now I can hear Karen telling other people about how Paul and
I fell asleep at the Iron Maiden concert we went to. The time
me and Karen have been together has been the best moments of
my life that I will hold in my heart for ever. We may never
have said it but me and Karen loved each other. I will never
forget what Karen has given me. And I, along with her family
and friends, will miss her dearly.
Karen has been taken from us far too soon but she will always
be remembered for her positive attitude, compassion, generosity
and zest for life. Karen was loved and those who knew her will
look back on their time with her with fondness and joy and her
memory will live on in our hearts forever