Karen passed peacefully on October 4, 2021, surrounded by her family. She spent the past year valiantly fighting a rare, aggressive, and chemo-resistant form of breast cancer. At times, her treatments caused great pain, yet she remained positive presenting a happy and healthy attitude; in fact, many did not realize how ill she really was.
Her husband, Rick, was her soulmate and love of her life. In their 42 years of marriage, they created countless memories with family and friends while traveling in their motorhome. She enjoyed rock-crawling, duning, desert-riding, and exploring the country. Karen was known to out fish Rick on a regular basis, and she spent her last summer fishing in Colorado where she made everlasting memories relaxing and visiting with family and friends in one of her favorite towns, Dolores.
She loved and adored her grandchildren for whom she would drop anything to bake cupcakes with and volunteer in their classrooms. Every year, Karen insisted her family gather to bake Christmas cookies, which her sons jokingly referred to as “torture.” Christmas Torture Night became an annual tradition filled with laughter, baking, and eating for family and friends.
Karen is preceded by her father, Robert Chay, and brother-in-law, Gary Felish. She is survived by her devoted husband, Rick; sons and daughters-in-law, Ryan (Ashley) and Justin (Jenna); grandchildren, Presley, Tessa, Etta, Josie, and Dean; mother, Dorothy Chay; brother, Rob Chay; sister, Janice Bernaky (Chris); and dog, Nelli. She is remembered with love by a long list of extended family and friends.
Karen’s family is thankful for the compassion provided by Pastor Chad Garrison of Calvary Baptist Church and for the family of friends that made Karen’s last days as peaceful as possible.
An open house Celebration of Life in Karen’s honor will be held on Saturday, October 16th from 1 pm – 4 pm at Karen and Rick’s home.
Donations may be sent to Hospice of Havasu.
Arrangements were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory.
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