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Karen Stockand

August 30, 1942 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Karen Stockand Obituary

Karen was born on August 30, 1942, in Penticton, although her family already lived in Oliver in a small shack on Tuc el Nuit Lake. That shack later grew into a house with room for one and all, eventually including a ramp for the two uncles who had been injured in logging operations and required wheelchair access.

The lakeside house also became a gathering place for family because of its large yard and garden and the open door policy when it came to family and friends. Everyone learned to swim or love the water because of that house and Karen was no exception.

When Karen finished school in Oliver, she went to teachers college in Victoria. One of the first practicums was in Oliver, and a classmate of hers in Victoria joined her. Karen’s friend and classmate was Japanese Canadian and felt worried about her reception in a small town because her family had experienced relocation during the war. Fortunately, she trusted Karen and felt safe with her family and came to Oliver for her practicum.

Karen’s first teaching job was in Enderby in 1961. She had the unfortunate and heartbreaking experience to witness indigenous children taken from her classroom, and their families never to be seen again. That tragedy and injustice stayed with her for the rest of her life, and she could never talk about it without crying and worrying about what happened to those children.

In 1962 Karen got a job in Kitimat. She drove up there alone in her Studebaker, which she bought with her own money. She lived with other teachers and often recalled the adventure of it all: the heavy snowfall, the lava beds, the forests, and the isolation.

Eventually, Karen came back to Oliver and met her husband to be; Bill Stockand, and they married in 1966. They lived in the lower mainland, and she taught until her first daughter, Keitha, was born in Abbotsford. Then they moved back to the Okanagan where her second daughter, Tanya was born in Kelowna. Karen and her family lived in Rutland until her husband’s work brought them to Revelstoke in 1975.

The first winter was a shock. Family in the Okanagan thought the pictures of snowfall around the house were a practical joke, so they decided to visit to see for themselves. Family also revealed that there were local connections to our family in Revelstoke. Karen’s great grandfather William Alaric is buried in Revelstoke cemetery underneath someone else! At least one great aunt, or uncle was born in Arrowhead. Bill’s side of the family also had a connection; his grandmother was allegedly the first female telegraph operator west of Winnipeg and Bill’s father took the messages to the rooms in Glacier House. There were still living yet distant relatives in town so when elder family came to visit, things got interesting in other languages and long lost family tales.

Karen’s early love of swimming grew with time and she swam as often as she could at the outdoor pool, and then the indoor pool, when it was finally built. She also returned to teaching in Revelstoke, upgrading her qualifications as required; focusing on primary education. She loved teaching, she loved her students, and she loved watching them learn and grow. It gave her great pride and filled her with admiration to see her own students as professionals, including one of the nurses who cared for her during her last days.

Karen raised her daughters to believe that they could do anything they set out to do with hard work, determination, and skill. She believed in education for girls in all areas and gave her daughters encouragement to learn the subjects of their choice. She raised her girls to be confident and compassionate, to be dreamers and also down to earth.

Karen’s early exposure to injustice influenced the rest of her life.

She had a keen interest in the news events particularly about the inequities in the world, both local and global. She was always an advocate for justice, equality and peace. Karen had a tender heart, sharing her feelings would move her to tears, as would the kind gestures of others.

Karen had many creative talents. She could play by ear any song she heard and easily sight read. She enriched her classroom with music during her career. Most recently, on Christmas day at Moberly Manor, Karen played carols after dinner. She was also a skilled seamstress. Karen could adapt patterns to fit, and enjoyed creating clothes for herself and family, in her own unique vision.

Karen loved animals and had many through her childhood and many more with her family and Revelstoke. Her ginger boy Goldie gave her great comfort in her last days with his big loving heart and his loud purr.

Karen Stockand is predeceased by her husband, Bill, her parents, Dorothy (Alaric) and Robert Iverson, and her sister Gail Beck. She is survived by her daughters: Keitha and Tanya (Tom), her nephew: Kevin Beck, and his partner Joan, her niece: Korilee Scheutze, her great niece: Rachel Nordin (Ryan), and great nephews: Jordan, Cameron, Ronald, Austin, and Justin, and Goldie the Cat.

There are many people and organizations to thank who were responsible for Karen’s care over the years: QVH, nurses, support, emergency room, Dr. Veale, Dr. Wilde, Meghan Hutton Notary Corporation, Home Care, Moberly Manor, Ambulance service and paramedics, Pharmasave, Save On Foods, Helping Hands, R- Taxi, Meals on Wheels, Seniors Centre Volunteer Drivers, Handydart, Debbie, John, Yuko, Frank, Kathleen, Roberta, Toby, Chuck, Lucie, Simon, Daniel, David, Karin, Wayne, Nancy, Prue, Whitney, Nathalie, Tom, Linden, and many many more in this beautiful town.

Thank you for your help, compassion, professionalism, and love.

No service is planned at this time. In lieu of flowers please donate to the animal welfare charity of choice.

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