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Karen Smart

September 5, 1961 - April 1, 2016


With much sorrow we announce the passing of Karen, April 1st 2016 (after a brief illness).

Karen was an amazing, vibrant woman who had the ability to light up the room with her infectious laughter, captivating smile and wonderful sense of humour.

Karen graduated from Malaspina College as a certified dental assistant and worked in the field of dentistry for over 30 years. During the early part of her career, Ron was a patient in her office. They soon became fast friends, and love followed quickly. Karen and Ron were married May 3rd 1986, they had many years brimming with much love, laughter and adventure. Karen loved to travel anywhere , especially cruising. She was well known for her natural talent to prepare fantastic meals which were shared and enjoyed by family and friends. She was extremely proud to be a wife and homemaker at which she excelled. Karen will be truly missed by all who loved her, life will not be the same without her presence.

Karen passed peacefully at her parents home with her loving husband Ron, sister Trish, and parents Ken and Shirley at her side. Karen is also survived by her brother Bruce, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

I would like to personally thank Karen's sister Trish for immediately leaving her family and practice to be by Karens side. I also wish to thank Karen's parents Ken and Shirley for providing a peaceful, loving and supportive environment for Karen to spend her final weeks. Also thank you to our wonderful families and friends who all reached out to support us, while respecting our privacy.

I would like to gratefully acknowledge the care and kindness of the Duncan Community Care nurses and Cowichan Valley Hospice Society.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.



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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Gustave Strand
Relation: friend of parents

Shirley & Ken and family,

My deepest sympathies,
Gus Strand

From: Tony & Marg Steel
Relation: friends

To Ron and Family, our deepest condolences to you all at this sad time our friend, Karen will be greatly missed, she was always the life of the party and just a sweet kind person who always saw the good in everyone xx

From: Mitzi and Tom Mitchell
Relation: Good friends of Karen's parents

To Ken, Shirley, Ron and family. We send you all our love and deepest sympathies. -Mitzi & Tom

From: Neil and Jill Johnson
Relation: friends

We are so sorry to here of this news. Though it has been awhile, we often talk about the great times and meals we had together. Karen was one of a kind and her energy was infectious. Thinking of you, Ron and sending our thought and lots, and lots of love and strength your way.

From: Amanda Chisholm
Relation: Friend and co-worker

I will always think of Karen laughing and lifting everyone’s spirits. She was a special person, and I feell very fortunate to have known her. So sorry for your loss Ron and to all of her family.

From: John and Delaine Carey
Relation: worked with Ron

Ron, we were so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing, we did not spend a lot of time together but I know she lit up your life and was your soul mate. Your friends John & Delaine Carey.

From: Richard and Barbara Grimes
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Shirley and Ken, Our deepest and sincerest condolences on the loss of your dear daughter. May fond memories help in this time of grief.
Richard and Barbara Grimes

From: Elaine and Brian Jansen
Relation: friends

Dear Ron and family,
Not a day goes by that we don’t think of you and the love and laughter that Karen brought everywhere. There are some very lucky “angels'” in heaven that are laughing their heads off with Karen’s wit and charm. We love you both. xoxo

From: Helen Butler
Relation: mom and dad

My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. With sincere sympathy, Helen & family

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 14, 2016
Beginning at 2:00pm

HW Wallace Cremation and Burial centre
5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L 6W3

Celebration of Life reception

5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L 6W3

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