With sadness, we announce the passing of Karen (Cook) Steed on January 8, 2021 at the age of 74 years.
Left behind are the loved ones her mind could not remember but her heart could not forget. Her husband Wally, who cared for her with dedication and tenderness through her heartbreaking struggle with Alzheimerâ€™s disease. Her children Krista (Brent), David (Christina) and Ryan, who count themselves blessed to have had her as a mother. Her precious grandchildren, Jacob, Tommy (Hailey), Taylor, Drew, Isabelle, Benny, Bronwyn and Joseph, who adored her and who she loved with tender care.
Karenâ€™s example and influence will be missed by her siblings Ted (Sheree), Kent (Dorothea), and Janis (Richard) as well as many other family members and dear friends. Karen had a special ability to make friends, and treasured those relationships.
Karen was born on August 11,1946 in Calgary, Alberta to Allan and Dora Cook. She was a devoted daughter who had her parentsâ€™ undivided attention, at least for 8 years until her siblings came along. Growing up in Edmonton, she was an excellent student and even modelled clothing for the Bay as a teenager. She graduated with an Education degree with honors from the University of Alberta and taught elementary school until she and Wally moved to Calgary.
Karen was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She spent her life in humble service. Karen believed it was more important to be kind than to be right, and set an example of compassion, charity and love that will be part of her lasting legacy.
Karen created a beautiful home that was always open to friends and family. She sewed, quilted and inherited her fatherâ€™s artistic eye in choosing furniture, just the right paint colour, and the absolute best auction or outlet buy. She was a consummate host and enjoyed all of her short and long-term guests.
Karen was a lover of good food and a fabulous cook. She stopped at every fruit stand and u-pick on the side of the road, much to the chagrin of her children. She grew a large garden, canned every fall and loved a new recipe. Karen made many spectacular family meals, Mexican food, bread, cookies and of course, chocolates!
Karen was famous for her chocolates. A tradition that started in her youth in Edmonton, her homemade chocolates became a staple of Christmas celebrations. Made from the best ingredients and with much care, the tradition continues with her children and grandchildren.
As her family, we wish to thank the many people who cared for and supported Karen in her final years, with particular gratitude for the kind and compassionate care provided by Father Lacombe Care Centre.
Please join us in celebrating her life through a virtual memorial service, Saturday, January 16th at 11:00 am. You can join the service by clicking the link below.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the Father Lacombe Care Society at the link below.