Karen Ingrid Hardy (March 13, 1957 - August 6, 2015)
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2:50 PM
Karen Ingrid Hardy peacefully passed away August 6, 2015 at Virginia Mason Hospital. Her husband, Norman D. Hardy, and son, Christopher, were with her at the bedside. Karen was born March 13, 1957, to Ernst and Ursula Dupper in Regina, Saskatchewan. The family moved to Seattle in 1959 and lived on Queen Anne Hill. Karen is also survived by her father and brothers, Edwin and Manfred.
Karen attended the old John Hay Elementary, McClure Junior High, and Queen Anne High School. She studied hair design at Metropolitan Beauty School in Seattle and became a licensed beautician. Karen later co-owned a beauty shop on lower Queen Anne before relocating her portion home in 1986 so she could care for newborn son, Christopher.
Karen married Norman on July 11, 1981 at Bethany Presbyterian Church. They moved into their life-long residence on Queen Anne.
Karen traveled to Germany many times to see many relatives and friends in Hamburg, Bonn, Düsseldorf, and Kiel. She was fluent in German.
She worked in the cafeteria at John Hay Elementary and later worked as a playground monitor at St. Joseph’s School before becoming her ailing mother’s caretaker. After her mother passed away at home, Karen continued to take care of her father while he remained at home. It was Karen’s strong intention that both parents stay in the home through their elderly years.
Karen’s life was full of creativity and giving. Karen had a bond with wild birds, and tended to injured ones. She was a proficient quilter and embroiderer. Karen’s lovingly prepared gourmet meals kept the pounds on her family. Karen gave without counting the cost. She had faith in God and wished well for all people.
A very moving family burial service took place August 12 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. A memorial service was conducted at Seattle Preparatory School on August 13, a beautiful way for hundreds of family and friends to honor and cherish Karen.
Karen will be remembered and exceedingly missed.
God rest her gentle soul.