8th April 1955
– 15th September 2008
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Karen; she is survived by her husband Jose, son Luke and parents Eric & Barbara Cleaver. She will be greatly missed by many relatives and friends but she will always be in our hearts. Karen loved to travel and meet people, and she was always planning the next trip. She touched so many lives through her acts of compassion and caring, either with the “Itty Bitty Titty Committee” a Breast Cancer Support group in South Surrey/ White Rock or “But I’m Not Dead Yet Club” as means of encouraging her doctors, family and friends to see her as she wanted to be seen-alive and with hope for the future however long that future may be. Handing out hundreds of buttons to other patients, doctors, nurses and any one who asked her what it was about was Karen’s goal. Karen had many jobs in her life, but the one that gave her the most joy and fulfillment was working with special needs children in the Surrey Schools District # 36.
Special thanks to Dr V. Raffles, Dr R. Dykstra, Dr Lee-Ann Martin, Dr D. Lowe, Dr J. Chan and Dr Amy Mabie for making her last days dignified and painless.
There will be a private cremation for the family.
A Celebration of her life will take place at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, 14831 – 28th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. at 2:00 pm, Saturday October 4th, 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Research in her memory or to the Palliative Care Ward at Peace Arch Hospital. Heartfelt thanks from the family to the wonderful nurses and doctors in Palliative Care at Peace Arch Hospital.