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WILLOWS – Karen Ruth (nee Sutton)

August 14, 1947– January 9, 2011

It is with deepest sorrow and profound sadness that the family of Karen Ruth Willows, beloved wife of Bob of Calgary, announce her sudden passing on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at the age of 63 years.

Karen was born in Winnipeg, MB and moved with her family to Calgary in 1956. She met the love of her life while attending Western Canada High School and was married in February of 1967. Karen had a real zest for life. She was vibrant, exuberant, tenacious, hard-working, and so much fun to be with. There was never a dull moment when you were with her. She also enjoyed the simple things in life – spending time with her family, tending to her garden, reading, fishing and indulging her unique passion for beautiful things and sparkling jewellery. She especially loved the many happy hours spent at Sylvan Lake with her family and friends.

Karen was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother who always touched those around her with love, kindness and understanding. We will miss her dearly but she will be remembered through photographs and memories and she will be with us in our hearts always.

Besides her loving husband Bob of forty-three years, Karen is lovingly remembered by daughter Sandy Willows; son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Joyce Willows; as well as five precious grandchildren, Kyle and Ashley Niznik, and Jessica, Kyra and Hailey Willows. She also leaves behind her sister and brother-in-law, Shelley and John Girolami; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Kathleen Sutton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Frank Ralph Sutton and H. Meryle Sutton.

A Celebration of Karen’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818.

In living memory of Karen Willows, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Karen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Karen, Alan, Madeline and Nolan Hill

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  2. Dear Bob, Sandy, Rob and families

    I was deeply saddened to hear the new about Karen’s sudden death.

    My thoughts are with you, during this difficult time. I am still in a state of shock from the news.
    I remember Karen always being so positive about everything, always a smile on her face, she was always so strong and determined to make everything work out. I will miss her.

    You know you have my deepest sympathy and my love and friendship always.

    Wendy

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  3. Markus & Ursula Schmalz :

    Bob, to you and your family, our deepest condolences. Karen was a beautiful lady. We so enjoyed our time with Karen here at the lake. Lots of laughs and fun. She will be missed by us all.

    Markus and Ursula

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  4. Dear Bob, Sandy and Robbie.
    I am deeply sadden to read this morning of Karen’s passing.Karen was a mentor to me during my first job at Eatons in Mens Wear to later being a friend where I could stop by for a hot cup of coffee and good conversation. While I have not been in contact with the family over the years, I still remember Karen’s happy and positive personality.
    My deepest condolences to you Bob and your family.
    Terry.

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  5. Shirley and Ben Kofoed :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this time.

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  6. Amanda Willows :

    Bob, Sandy and Robbie,

    My thoughts are with you in this time of sadness. I wish I could be there with you all.
    Aunty Karen will be deeply missed.

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  7. Ron & Mich Williams :

    Bob and Family, Our deepest condolences. Karen was a beautiful lady and a dear friend. The many time we spent together we will cherish the memories. Sorrowly missed and deeply loved.

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  8. Jeanie Madsen (Peacock) :

    I am so sad to hear from Kathleen about Karen. I will always remember her as such a kind and happy person. I know she will be deeply missed.

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