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HUDSPITH, Karen Lee

October 6, 1958 – July 3, 2012

After a long and courageous battle, it is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Karen of Airdrie, on the afternoon of July 3, 2012, at the young age of 53.

Karen will be sadly missed by her beloved daughter Haley Schmid and Haley’s father Rai Schmid and family; mother Diana; sister Susan; brother Adam and his wife Marcy; special nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, and her forever supportive ‘Alberta Family’, co-workers and her puppy Romeo. Karen was predeceased by her father Barry Hudspith on February 11, 1989.

Cremation has taken place and we will be gathering for a Celebration of Karen’s Life at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Karen’s name to the Rosedale Hospice or charity of your choice. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the dedicated and compassionate nurses and doctors at The Tom Baker Centre as well as at the Rosedale Hospice.

In living memory of Karen Hudspith, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB T2E 2V6 Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Kelly Obermeier :

    Dear Haley, Diana, Sue, Adam, Marcy & Rai,
    I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    I had the great fortune to work with Karen at American Airlines for over 11 years. During that time Karen was always the most compassionate, sincere, funny, sweet and warm individual I had ever met. I was so so lucky to have known her and I will always cherish the wonderful memories we had throughout the years. She will be missed by so many and will remain in our hearts forever.

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  2. Ernie Rehberg :

    Dear Haley, Diana, Sue and Adam
    It is with a heavy heart that I send my thoughts and prayers for your loss. I had the priviledge of knowing and caring about Karen for 30 years. She had the biggest heart of anyone I have ever known and could brighten your day by just smiling at you.
    All she ever wanted in life was a family. We spoke often and her greatest pride and joy was her daughter, Haley. A phone call never ended until all of Haleys exploits and accomplishments were thoroughly discussed.
    I will always remember the kindness and love she showed me. A piece of my heart will always be with Karen. I will miss her.

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  3. Mike Avramenko :

    Dear Haley,
    I am so gratefull to have known your mom. Her curls, that smile. It was amazing at how she could always see the beauty in everyone. It was hard to be negative around her as her positive nature and charm could always make me laugh. I will cherish all the movie dates we went on together as she was the only one I could count on to go see anything. LOL !! I will miss her lots. My heart is sad but not heavy because her happiness was you and her spirit will live on……

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  4. Dear Haley, Di, Sue & Adam: It is with a heavy heart that I send my love and prayers to you. We all grew up together and the memories of Karen will be with us forever. I can’t help but think how much joy & peace Karen is now experiencing with her dad, her Nana, and Grandma & Grandpa Lamont as the Lord carries her home. I will remember Karen’s strong spirit and her fight. I will always remember her heart overflowing with kindness. Now with the greatest love of all, the Lord sets her free……

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  5. Selena Green :

    Dear Sue and family:
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Karen. We are lifting you up in prayer and believing that the wonderful memories of who Karen was and your times together will sustain you all.
    With love from Ontario, The Greens – Gord, Selena, Alex, Zack and Harrison

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  6. Carole Hartley :

    Dear Sue and Family

    I am so sorry for your loss. I never knew Karen but have the pleasure of working with Sue. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of grief. May peace be with you as it is with Karen.

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  7. Beverley Floyd :

    Diana, Sue, Adam and your wonderful families; I feel blessed to have had Karen in my life, as she brought me so many moments of joy and laughter, and introduced me to her welcoming and loving family. Karen was truly a beautiful person inside and out, her smile always full of warmth. My fellow Libra woman, so passionate, so strong, so very loving.
    Her positive outlook throughout her battle should be a lesson to us all. As usual with us, no matter what the distance, she will always be my friend, my soul sister. Karen, I love you.

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  8. Denise Stricker :

    Rest in Peace my dear friend. I am so blessed to have known you. You will be missed. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Haley and the entire family.

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  9. Elaine Bouchard :

    To Karen’s family ;
    My thoughts and prayers are with you .
    I know Karen will not forget us and we will always remember her….
    Sending you all my love.
    Elaine

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  10. Marilyn Gilmour :

    Haley, Sue, Adam, Diana,

    You will never know what an angel Karen was to my family. We went thru so many wonderful times together. This world is a better place becuase Karen has walked thru it, her footprints will never be erased!! Karen, we love you always!

    Love Marilyn, Wayne and Paige

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  11. Marjorie Hannay :

    To the Famlly of Karen,
    It has been such an honour and privilege to have been a friend of Karen. In the past 2 1/2 years, I have witnessed such strength, ‘GRIT’, and grace from her. Her strong will to conquer her illness was only superceded by her inner and outer beauty. Karen was one of the most spiritual people that I have ever known. She was always so quick to come to someones defense….loved that about her. While she was such a gentle soul, she was also “nobody’s fool”. Quiet strength. I found Karen to be an “old soul”. Very wise. I have also seen such love, strength, and courage from Karen’s family. Haley, your mom loved…loves..you more than life itself. I will miss Karen so very much. My love to you all.

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  12. My sincere Condolences to Karen’s Family,
    I worked with Karen at American in Calgary and have the greatest memories of Karen and our conversations in ops. My heart goes out to her family on the loss of such a wonderful person to have known.
    Love
    Lori and Family

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  13. lisa Dempsey :

    Dear Haley and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I worked with Karen for 13 years at American and have many wonderful memories of her kindness, her wonderful laugh and of course, her gorgeous hair. She also had so much patience, even with the most difficult passengers. Haley, I also remember how when she spoke of you, it was always with so much pride. It was clear to everyone how much she adored you. I will always remember Karen. Lisa Dempsey

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  14. Peter Nugent :

    Darling Karen…
    We will miss you
    Sweet and gentle
    Soft as a morning bloom
    And the darkness shall not hide our tears
    Nor your shining light diminish through the years
    Before we are all together again
    Sometime soon.

    In our thoughts always, with love
    Peter, Leonie, Samantha and Justin

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  15. George & Lucille Wallace :

    Haley & Rai, myself and Lucille would like to send you our condolences. Haley, I worked with your mom at both Continental Airlines and American Airlines and we became very very close friends. Unfortunately as with life we fell out of touch for to many years but did exchange Xmas cards over the last few years. I loved your mom like a sister and will miss her with all my heart. George

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  16. Olga and Don Rideout :

    Diana and family

    You have been in our thoughts and prayers for such a long time during your care giving of Karen.

    Olga and Don Rideout

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  17. Susan Allin :

    To Karen’s family,
    Our deepest condolences on Karen’s passing. Karen was a wonderful friend and neighbor. She had a beautiful personality and was such a loving soul. All the beauty and wisdom she she graciously carried will remain forever in our hearts. Rest in peace, dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.
    Susan, Todd, Scott & Nicole Allin

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  18. Lee (Murphy) Nobbs :

    Dear Haley, Diana, Sue and Adam,

    I can’t tell you how sorry I am for your loss of your beautiful and loving mother, daughter and sister Karen.
    Karen has always had a very special place in my heart and in my life and I will never forget her kind and gentle way during the years my father Brian and she spent together when I was growing up. I feel privileged that we maintained our friendship well beyond that time.
    Karen was an incredibly sensitive and special person who had an endless capacity for caring. I will miss her deeply but will always remember her with much fondness and love.
    To her family and especially Haley, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    With love from Lee and family

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  19. Maria Plumtree :

    Our thoughts and prayers to you Haley and Rai. We had the pleasure of knowing Karen and you Haley and Rai through Airdrie Family Services. Karen had a very kind and gentle spirit which she passed on to you Haley.

    Maria, John and Ashley Plumtree

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  20. Kerry Roberts :

    I was very sad to hear of Karen’s passing as it is too young to be taken away from your family. I just wanted to pass on my sincere condolences to her daughter and family and to my Aunt and cousins. Take care of each other. Lots of love Kerry, Antony and family. xx

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  21. I am so sorry for your loss, I worked with Karen for a short time and I have very fond memories of her as a coworker and a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Deepest condolences, Ranjit

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  22. Dana fischer :

    For everyone who was lucky enough know such an amazing human being “Karen” our heart are filled with such sadness , for time was far too short and we all just want more … Karen was a beautiful angel sent to us from God . Karen gift touch so many heart in such a short time I can only amagine her possibilities now . I love you and will always have you in my heart . Watch over us as we still need you … Haley my heart hurt so deeply for you , but I know your mother left you with so much her strength and wisdom I know in time things will be better . We love you and be there when every you need . Please ask anytime any where we are all here for you xoxo.. Dana , Chelsea and Carissa

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  23. Cindy and Keith Studer :

    We are so sorry for your loss, Karen was such a beautiful person, inside and out.

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  24. Rai and Haley,

    I found out today about Karen and am deeply saddened for your loss. My memories of Karen are of her kindness, her humour and her adoration and love for her daughter. Sending hugs your way .. Sue, Gord, Meagan and Alyson

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