May 25, 2018
Our lives were forever changed Friday May 25, 2018 with the sudden death of Karen Irene Black at the age of 71.
Karen was born and raised in Trail and was the eldest daughter of James Alexander “Alec” Robinson and Dorothy Margaret Haas.
Karen is predeceased by her husband Rod Black, her father Alec, grandfather Robert James “Bert” Robinson, Aunts Helen (Vic) Ferguson, Eileen (Archie) McCannel, Beverly Fraser, uncles Reginald, and Robert “Babe” Robinson. Her grandmother Irene (Ed) Howe, uncles Lorne and Ronald Haas, cousin Robert “Bobby” Haas and Aunt Lucille Fraser.
The loss of this amazing lady has left us brokenhearted. Karen will be forever missed by her mother Dorothy (Bruce) Muir, son Dale (Morgan), daughter Michele (Ryan) Milligan, granddaughters; Kalin, and Kenzie Milligan, brother Rob (Rona) Robinson, brothers Brian (Debbie), Gordon (Olga), Glen (Elaine), Doug (Diane) Muir, and sister Janet (Ray) Barney. Brother in law Don (Debbie) Black and sisters in law Anne (Hans) de Groot and Pat (Henry) Kozak. Also left to mourn her loss is Aunt Myrt and Aunt Eileen, and cousins Dana, Derek, Lorne (Irene) Haas, Judy (Bud) Nestor, Elaine Ferguson and Phyl Byrne, and many other wonderful cousins; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends from Weight Watchers, COPD walking Group, Angela, Katie, Jason W and of course Karen’s dog Jessie.
Karen worked for the Ministry of Human Resources for many years and after her retirement she continued helping people by volunteering in the community. Karen was actively involved with the Trail Hospital Auxiliary, Canadian Red Cross and the Disaster Response and Relief Team.
Karen was a hard-working, and generous woman who worked tirelessly for her family and friends and will be deeply missed. In her spare time she enjoyed fishing on Kootenay Lake with Rod, crocheting, sewing, quilting, gardening, watching curling, and playing Lucky Slots on her I-Pad.
Please join us to celebrate Karen’s life at 10:00 am on Friday June 15, 2018 at “Carberry’s Chapel” of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services, 1298 Pine Ave, Trail with Celebrant Gwen Ziprick. Interment to follow at KP Columbia View Cemetery. As a final farewell to the “Lady with the Purple hair”, the family would like to invite everyone who knew Karen to attend her home following the interment for a light reception.
Al Grywacheski of Alternative Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca