Karen Ruth Thompson (Valpy) was born at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton on Mother’s Day, 1951. She grew up in the Holyrood area, and attended Holyrood Elementary, Ottwell Junior High, and graduated from Bonnie Doon High. Karen participated in numerous activities at Strathearn United Church, including Sunday School, the junior choir and CGIT young women’s group. When Karen was 15 years old, she met her best friend and lifelong sweetheart, Peter. They were inseparable, and married 47 years ago, on April 27, 1974, at age 22. Karen was employed as a data entry clerk by AbGvt and later, by Wardair.
Karen gave birth to her son Jason in 1975, and her daughter Kaley in 1979. Karen was very proud to work from home, raising their children, and avidly supporting them in education, hockey, ringette, water skiing, equine, and social activities. Karen’s home was always open and accepting to all the neighbourhood kids, and a variety of rescued mutts. Karen worked with Kaley in her equine endeavours, and they competed throughout Alberta and BC. Karen managed the family hobby farm where she had 12 horses, and her riding arena was utilized by the Clear Water Pony Club.
Other interests and hobbies included Paper-tole, watching Peter gardening, ceramics, and 35 years of advanced genealogy research.
Karen spent every summer at her mom and dad’s cabin at Pigeon Lake. In 2008 K&P retired to Pigeon Lake, and spent winters in their Mazatlán, Mexico home.
Karen was the ideal partner to Peter, taking on responsibility for their personal life and supporting him throughout his career. Karen was Peter’s rock. She accompanied Peter on numerous business junkets in Canada and USA, and later, they toured variously in Canada, UK, Channel Islands, Europe, Mexico, Caribbean, Costa Rica and USA.
Karen’s health issues began in 2018 and overtook her incredible strength and courage on April 7, while in Palliative care. Peter, Jason, and Kaley teamed-up to stay with Karen 24/7, as much as Covid protocol would allow. Karen was visited on numerous occasions by her family and friends.
Thank you to Sister Barbara for providing lodging and emergency family backup 24/7.
Karen was predeceased by her mom and dad, Mildred and George Valpy; and by her lifelong bestest first cousin, Neil Dalquist. She is survived by her husband Peter; son Jason (Julie Boisvert); daughter Kaley Danderfer (Mark); brother Kevin Valpy (Debbie Broughton); sister Kathy Tkachuk (Bill); the Thompson sisters-in-law and their husbands, Fredda and Len Leiman, Barbara and Ken Webb, Judy and Roy Fairweather, Susan Jane and Dean McLeod; and by her seven beautiful-handsome grandchildren, Ryan, Taylor, Mikaela, Chase, Jaxson, Henry and Margaret; all of whom she loved and cherished so much. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, and by her first cousin in Birmingham, England, David Twigg (Leslie) and their children Robb and Sally.
Thank you to Reverend Adam Hall for his prayer visits, supportive phone calls and inspirational text messages. Huge Thank You to the Administration, Doctors, and the entire nursing / attending staff, at the Tofield Health Centre for their professional and compassionate care of Karen. Their efforts were/are truly remarkable given the extreme difficulties of providing this high level of care throughout the ongoing Covid pandemic.
Due to Covid19 restrictions a private family service will be held. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will take place at the Camrose Valleyview Cemetery on a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: Tofield Health Foundation (Box 1155, Tofield, Alberta, T0B 4J0) or to the A.S.P.C.A. (17904 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 2W3).
A recording of the service is available by clicking this link: https://vimeo.com/537936936
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