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October 20, 2021

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Obituary | Karen Liane Hughes Eberle

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9/27/46 – 8/6/21

On the morning of August 6, Karen Eberle of Orcas Island died peacefully at dwelling although in the loving arms of her husband George and her daughter Liane.

A native San Franciscan, Karen was born to Rosemary and Jimmy Hughes. Following graduating from Westmore High University in Daly Town, she lived and labored in San Francisco.

She achieved her foreseeable future husband, George, through mutual mates. They purchased their to start with home in South San Francisco and bit by bit moved down the Peninsula to warmer weather conditions. As an grownup, Karen made a decision to get a official training and graduated from the College of Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Psychology at the age of 48.

Karen experienced a pronounced altruistic streak that touched the lives of so several. Giving up corporate existence, Karen turned an AIDS caseworker, which she certainly loved undertaking. By means of her other selfless operate, she has assisted plenty of other females battling difficulties in their existence, acting as a help process and sharing all she experienced discovered from her have lifetime experiences.

Retirement brought her to Orcas Island, WA in 2001. Her 20 decades on the island had been spent making in her art studio, pruning her prized rose bush in her yard, chatting with pals at regular monthly pinochle online games, and with her grandchildren who visited each and every summer. An active component of the Orcas neighborhood, Karen served as junior warden at the Episcopal Church for two a long time.

Aside from currently being recognised for her selfless services to some others and heat presence, it was usually commented by mates and acquaintances alike that Karen had fantastically eclectic, but refined style, as shown by her residence, artwork studio, and her impeccable perception of fashion. Her design and style was actually exquisite however accompanied by curious aspects that created it not possible to emulate.

Often the coronary heart of the loved ones, wherever Karen lived grew to become the center of all relatives festivities and her presence on Orcas led both of her small children, Liane and CJ, to shift their respective family members to the island to elevate their have small children in the vicinity of to her.

All five of Karen’s grandchildren came from all over the place to spend this previous summer on the island with her. Above the earlier yr and a 50 %, Karen confronted inoperable lung most cancers with bravery and grace, normally reassuring her household that she would never truly be gone. She would say, when you see the glitter on the drinking water, she is there smiling at you.

A general public memorial provider was held on the very same working day of Karen’s death with the whole church currently being entirely comprehensive in spite of only a handful of hours’ see, which is a testomony to how quite a few lives on which Karen left a mark.

Her company can be located on the Orcas Island Episcopal Church’s YouTube channel. She is survived by her partner of 52 a long time, George, daughter Liane and her husband Mark, son CJ and his wife Asya, and grandchildren Connor, Claire, Tara, Ciarán, and Audrey. In lieu of bouquets, Karen would hope that you will do a thing in your possess way to give back to and enhance the Orcas Island group.

There will be a reception on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Episcopal Parish Corridor on Primary Road. All who would like to share a memory of Karen are welcome.

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