ANSELL, KAREN ANNE
November 27, 1960 – October 18, 2013
Karen Ansell passed away on October 18, 2013 at the age of 52 after a brief but courageous struggle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband, Tim Ansell; daughter Hillary
Ansell of Kelowna; son Geoffrey Ansell of Kelowna; brother Peter (Sandra) Goodall of Summerland; sisters Janet Goodall and Wendy Goodall, both of Vernon; and her mother, Beryl
Goodall of Vernon. She is sadly predeceased by
her father, Geoffrey Goodall. Karen was the kind of woman who left an impression on all those who met her. Her smile was dazzling, her laugh was infectious and, “Oh, that naturally curly hair!” If you needed someone to landscape your garden, choose the perfect paint colour or purge your walk-in closet she was the woman for the job.
In her younger years Karen took full advantage of all life
had to offer in the Okanagan. As a teenager she swam, sailed, and canoed and when she wasn’t on the water
she was horseback riding or skiing. In her later years
Karen even took up motorcycle riding, going on Harley
adventures with her husband, Tim and their friends.
Professionally, Karen chose to pursue a career in nursing. During this time she earned a reputation amongst her
coworkers as a caregiver of great skill and deep
compassion. Married in 1991 to Tim Ansell, Karen settled
in Kelowna and turned her energies towards raising a
family and pursuing her many interests including gardening, home decorating and crafts, just to name a few. Karen had an uncanny gift for being able to spot a good buy in any second hand store she entered.
Many of those close to her became the happy beneficiaries of her thrift store finds. We, her family and friends, are
beyond heartbroken by the loss of this generous, energetic and complex woman. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We would like to thank the dedicated nurses and doctors of KGH, the Cancer Clinic and Kelowna Hospice for the care and support they gave Karen and the family.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home,
2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, with Rev. Penny Denner and Rev. Gary Swabey officiating. In lieu of flowers,
donations in Karen’s memory may be made to Cystic
Fibrosis Canada, 601 – 2221 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2B4, or Central Okanagan Hospice Association,
1456 St. Paul St., Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E6.
Condolences may be sent to the family
by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com