Karen Elaine Turner passed away on March 14, 2017 at Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital in Castor at the age of 74 years.
Karen was born to Alfred and Catherine Patterson on Nov. 22, 1942 in Stettler, Ab., her parents farmed in the Red Willow area. Karen’s father passed away at age 58 when Karen was still at home at the age of 13. The loss devastated Karen; she was the third youngest of 10 children.
In 1959, Karen met Keith and they were married in 1960. They had four children Darrel, Brian, Tammy and Kevin and raised them all in Castor.
In the early years, Karen and Keith spent a lot of time chasing their kids from one arena to another. With Keith coaching and Karen and Betty Christensen being heard in every arena. Castor had a very strong cheerleader in Karen.
Other talents Karen had was showing her kids how to ski behind a snow machine. After showing off to the kids how well she could ski, the boys saw fit to throw her off the front step and into the snow bank.
After the kids grew up and started having their own kids, Karen enjoyed time with the grandkids.
On one occasion with her oldest son on vacation in B.C., they convinced Karen to ride a tube behind a boat. Little to say after this ride, Karen didn’t have to groom her armpits as much as she did before the ride.
Karen is survived by her husband Keith Turner; her children: Darrel (Wendy), Brian (Kathy Oram), Kevin (Tammy) and Tammy (Clint) Walker; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
She is also survivied by her brother Lee (Kathy) Patterson; sisters, Dorothy McQuay and Patsy (Harley) Olsted; sisters-in-law Wanda Turner, Donna (Ron) Towers and Helen Wallman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Karen was predeceased by her parents, several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sat. March 18, 2017 at Knox United Church in Castor with Justin McNeill officiating.
Cathy Schaffner and Knox United Choir presented their gifts of music. Granddaughters Jeanna Walker and Hallie Turner gave loving tributes to those in attendance.
Karen was laid to rest in Omega cemetery in Gadsby, Ab. at 11 a.m. with Ray and Bev Marquart and her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren as honorary pallbearers.
Family and friends gathered for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by Michelle Breum in the Castor Community Hall.
Donations will be gratefully accepted by Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation ~ Long Term Care or Alzheimer Society.
Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com
Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, 403-882-3141, entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.
Card of Thanks
The family would like to thank Dr. Hanton and the Staff of Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Long Term Care for the wonderful care and compassion shown Karen during her residency.