Sadly, Karen Elizabeth McFarlane died at the age of 73 on the 23rd day of May 2021, after coping with a diagnosed cancer for five months with the help of family and friends.
Born in Edmonton, Karen and her family typically moved every 2 to 3 years, while her father was in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Her 10th school was University of Alberta, after which she worked at a wide variety of jobs and donated thousands of volunteer hours to various groups until her retirement. In the last decade and a half, she took up Bridge in the Edmonton Bridge Centre Community (and thanks all of her patient partners over the years), studied Spanish weekly with a loving and generous group, dabbled in the genealogy of her family, and traveled as much as possible to the colonial cities of Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries as well as Europe.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her closest and dearest friend and husband of 48 years, Donald F. McFarlane; her sisters: Gayle (Graham Oliver) and Leslie; brother Dave; sister-in-law Erin, as well as many kind and loving nieces, nephews, and their families.
Predeceased by her parents: James and Mildred Graham; her son Daniel James McFarlane; her brothers Peter and Michael; brother-in-law Derk Noble; nieces: Elan and Myanna Dreaver.
Many thanks to Dr. J. Basson as well as to the Pain and Symptoms group at the Cross Cancer Institute, and the Pilgrams Hospice.
No Funeral by Request. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name would be appreciated to: Change for Children, 10808 124 Street, 2nd Floor, Edmonton, Alberta, T5M 0H3

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Gaile Hileman

My condolences and prayers to Don, Gayle, Leslie and members of her family. Karen was my best friend in elementary school, St Alphonsus. Her family moved to Trenton for a number of years. We correspondeded until she returned to Edmonton once again. Some of my fondest memories with Karen were the birth of her little brother Michael, joining Club International together at the U of A and having so much fun. After University karen spent a number of years teaching the Metis children in far north Alberta. We separated once again when I moved to Texas but I have always carried her in my heart. When I hear a recording of Piaff I always think of Karen. Sending love and hugs to her family.

Donna Nicol

Heartfelt sympathy to Don and family. Karen was my “patient” bridge partner for the last several years and I enjoyed every minute of our partnership and her friendship.

Johanne Aga-Dryden

Condolences to the family.
We will all miss you, Karen.
Johanne and Bill (Dryden)

Veronica Hellweg

I just heard about Karen’s passing. My sympathies go out to you, Don, and the family.

Take care,
Ronnie Hellweg

Lorraine Swift

Our deepest sympathies to Donald and the rest of Karen’s family. She will be missed! Thanks for the many years of generosity and kindness, and thanks for including donations to Change for Children as a tribute to Karen’s wonderful life.

Len & Judy Acker

Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We have donated to Change for Children on behalf of Karen.

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