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BARTLETT, Karen Elizabeth

March 16, 1950 – Toronto, Ontario
April 4, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Karen Bartlett passed away on April 4, 2018 at the age of 68 years.

Karen was a selfless, caring woman who always put the needs of others above her own.

Karen is survived by her daughter Shari; her grandsons Andrew, Michael (Brian), Brady, Liam; granddaughter Caeli (Baron); great-granddaughter Mina. Karen is also survived by her siblings, Tom, Lorraine, Michael (Nadine), Mary and Robert as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Karen was predeceased by her parents Cecil and Marion Cherry, brother David, and infant sister.

As per Karen’s wishes no services will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Karen Bartlett, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Heather Brogowski

    I met Karen at Scenic Acres last summer. I met with her every Thursday evening , and helped her move to Glenmore Agecare. I was with her Easter Sunday and we had a great time watching TV , eating and talking. She seemed well .
    She loved her daughter Sherry very much and all the grandchildren.
    We had great discussions about her life in Yellowknife, and her childhood in Ontario.
    Karen was very a special person and I will think of her everyday. I will miss her very much .

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  2. Deborah Robinson

    I am sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I had many a cup of coffee with her at the Red Apple, as there was a group of us that used to descend upon the place and they were generous with their refills. She was also a client for several years and we became friends who drifted apart after I left the north. We had many good laughs and wonderful discussions. Condolences to all the family and friends. Rest easy Karen.

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  3. I am glad to have met you Karen, and shared many interesting conversations over the time I was in Yellowknife.

    Your helpful practical advice in effectively providing care and support has reached many I’ve had the opportunity to work with in the caring profession, by proxy, as I began in the field.

    Thank you for being an example of how to make a difference, a way of being selfless and generative that we could all learn and benefit from going forward.

    Shari and family are evidence of the not typically obvious continuing legacy of the community oriented spirit that you left behind

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  4. Valerie Buckley

    Loved your sense of humor always smiling .Always made everyone feel good enjoyed coffee with her in the mornings. I feel very proud to have known her. She will be missed by many.RIP my friend.

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  5. I want to send my deepest condolences to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending lots of love.

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  6. Grandma, I will miss you every day. Even though our last few years together were strained, I will always remember you fondly from my childhood. I am so lucky to have so many memories with you. My siblings and I would often come to your apartment before school in the morning for breakfast and cartoons and would also come after school, you always took care of us. Some of my favourite memories are when we were camping at prelude or when we went to the beach at Fred Henne.

    I remember one time when I was really young, we were at the beach and you were ordering lunch for all of us at the concession stand. I ordered onion rings, not knowing what it would actually be since I hadn’t had them before. I told you “Grandma I’ll give you the rings and I’ll keep the rest”. When I got the food I cried because it wasn’t what I expected, so you ended up switching meals with me.

    Another memory I have is from my 5th birthday. You hated walmart with a passion, but I wanted to go to walmart for my birthday (Yellowknife and of course that’s every kids favourite place). We went to walmart and you got me a few toys. Then we took a cab to the red apple and had dinner. Even though you were a smoker, you didn’t smoke around us and didn’t smoke inside during that dinner. You ordered me a strawberry short cake and sang happy birthday. “And manyyyyy moreeee!” you would always say at the end of the song.

    You were always so selfless, made sure everyone was fed and happy before yourself, and took care of us greatly. You loved Mina so much and loved Baron. Your dementia had been getting progressively worse and often you couldn’t hold a conversation, and you often wouldn’t remember who I was, or Baron or Mina. I won’t remember you like that though.

    I will miss your homemade chocolate birthday cakes with raspberry jam in the middle, your homemade chicken rice soup. I miss your apartment at Fort Gary, your plants on the balcony, the basic cable on the tv with non stop APTN, and I miss Growl. At least you two can finally be together again. You both had a feisty personality.

    Until we meet again. You are loved and missed.

    Caeli, Baron, and Mina Steele.

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  7. It’s been a very long time since I saw you last, Aunt Karen. I remember your visits when I was just a kid and the photos of you all dressed up in my parents’ wedding party. I remember that you were my mom’s favourite cousin and I understand why. You were always kind and gentle and I remember your hearty laugh. You will be missed, but I will remember.
    Love and sympathy to the family and friends you leave behind. They too will remember. ♡

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  8. Martha MacLellan

    I worked with your mom at Forest Drive Seniors Home and was pleased to recommend her for my position when I left. She enjoyed working with the elders and they enjoyed her.
    We lost contact when we went to Baker Lake for a few years.
    Karen loved people, loved doing things for people and loved her grandkids,
    May you and your family find comfort in the memories you shared. RIP Karen

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  9. Gramma, you already know what I have to say. Brian and I love you and always will. My heart will never be the same without you.

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