Karen Louise Cottrell
  • 68 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 7, 1947
  • Place of birth:
    Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Date of passing: Mar 29, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    London, Ontario, Canada
Forever missed. Forever loved. Karen has left her hand-print on our hearts. Her gentle spirit will never be forgotten.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Karen Cottrell, born on October 7, 1947 and passed away on March 29, 2016. Loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. We will remember her forever.

We invite you to share your memories, stories, photos.

Memorial Service Information:
April 15, 2016. 1:00 PM. 
Mount Pleasant Cemetery & Crematorium
303 Riverside Dr.
London, ON

For the purposes of catering, we would greatly appreciate if you would confirm your attendance no later than April 12, 2016. R.S.V.P. to

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Betty Ashley on 29th March 2017

"Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday.  Missing you is a heartache that never goes away.  I love you, I miss you."

This tribute was added by karen badtke on 29th March 2017

"It takes a minute to like someone, an hour to love someone, but a lifetime to forget someone as special as you!!!  Miss you!!!!!"

This tribute was added by karen badtke on 7th October 2016

"Happy Birthday Karen!  Hope mom and dad are having a great birthday bash for you up in heaven.  Miss you everyday.
Hugs and kisses,

This tribute was added by Diana Salimi on 28th May 2016

"Dear karen, i didn't really know you but somehow you have affected me.
Your smile, your grand personality ,and continual conversations from in the after world.  You have told me stories, not that i wanted to believe your stories, but you were right on as you were probably right on in life.

You are a shining light, i think it might be your smile, but i bet it's your inner light that affected anyone you came into contact with.  I, inadvertently know that Doug was your shining light, and you were his light shining in his heart also.

So long dear soul.

I hope to meet you again under a different situation.

Diana, a soul friend."

This tribute was added by Annette Badtke on 10th April 2016

"You are near even if I don't see you.  You are with me even if you are far away.  You are in my heart, in my thoughts, in my life, always.  I miss you!"

This tribute was added by karen badtke on 10th April 2016

"My sister, my friend, let me tell you what is in my heart. No one can take away what we had, what we felt, what we experienced together. What we were to each other we still are, and I take great solace in that. I look at your face in a picture and remember my big sister is gone but your bright, beautiful smile will always remain in my heart, because in there you're still alive. I will love you forever."

This tribute was added by Betty Ashley on 7th April 2016

"Dear Karen
I'm sorry I never got to say good bye.  I wish I could hug you or say I love you one more time!!!  As I'm looking through old family albums, in a desperate attempt to be close to you, I see your photos and I am reminded of your beautiful smile.  Also while going through the albums old memories flood my mind. I'm remembering the good times and the not so good times. But through it all we had each other.  Karen, I loved growing up with you; I love the fact that you were my big sister.  You were my most trusted confidant and loving friend.  I hope you knew that!  In losing you I feel like I'm losing part of my past.  And I know it's a definite I'm losing part of my "present" the birthday calls, the just because calls and I'm losing part of my "future" times we might have shared together.  I am so saddened and devastated by your sudden passing, my heart is broken.  I will miss you forever!  You were such a loving, caring and special person .  I love you Sis!!!"

This tribute was added by Joyce Keller on 7th April 2016

"My heart is broken....being on earth can be so difficult, Douglas. When you lost Karen, I re-experienced the grief of losing my precious husband, Jack. The truth is that time doesn't really repair anything, but, God, in His infinite grace, will help your heart to heal. - Been there, sending great love bouquets to you, Douglas, and your family. - Joyce Keller"

This tribute was added by Amanda Borghese on 6th April 2016

"I only met Karen a few times, years ago, but the photos here have refreshed my memory of her -  her smile, her sweetness, and her loving nature.  Thank you for the photos....what lovely images of a lovely being!  I know everyone of her family, and those her knew her, will miss her terribly.  I could see and feel the love thruout, in all the various photos.  Thank you for sharing these glimpses of Karen's life among those she loved and those who loved her back.  And thank you for the beautiful, soulful music.  God bless Karen and her family."

This tribute was added by Barbara Madry on 6th April 2016

"Karen, the confines of this earthly dimension no longer bind you. May your spirit soar and know the joys that are now yours for eternity.

To the Cottrell family: Conrad and I send our heartfelt condolences. May you find comfort in the cherished memories you share of her.
Love, light and blessings,    Barbara & Conrad"

This tribute was added by Penelope Mathes on 6th April 2016

"To Dr. Douglas and your family, I send my deepest heart felt condolences to all of you at Karens' passing. At gatherings I would enjoy having fun chats with Karen. She talked of her loving support of Douglas' work and her joy in caring for her grandchildren. Karen was always so kind and friendly to me. We know she is so happy seeing your beloved Cheri. Blessings to All of you,on both sides of the veil.
With Love, Penelope"

This tribute was added by Hilary Scott on 6th April 2016

"I didn't know you Karen, but I see from the outpouring of kind words and photos, the wonderful love and attention you bestowed upon your family and friends.  They are very lucky to have had you in their lives and will continue to have you in their hearts.  To Douglas, my sympathies and condolences are with you and your family at this time. Thank you for everything you do for all of us struggling here on earth, words cannot express!!"

This tribute was added by Paul Hughes on 5th April 2016

"Douglas, Doug, Jr. and family:  Condolences and blessings to you and all the members of your extended family during this time.  
Your friend and follower,
-Paul in Nashville"

This tribute was added by Vivian Biondolillo on 5th April 2016

"Although I never met you, you have touched my heart.  Your husband, has touched my heart with his commitment to his spirituality and healing.  You must have been one extraordinary human being and can see how you will be missed.  Your journey has just begun and go out and spread your never-ending love that you had on earth."

This tribute was added by Roma Black on 5th April 2016

"Please accept my condolences Dr Cottrell to you and your Family.
It is a difficult time hopefully made a little easier by the prayers you receive from those around you."

This tribute was added by Leona Goyetche-Paquet on 5th April 2016

""Heaven's Light"
"The sun shines down upon us and gives us warmth and light.
Then when the day has ended it disappears from sight.
Though we're left in darkness, we know the sun's not died,
for it is shining brightly on the world's other side.
So it is when one we love comes to their end of days.
They just go to the other side to shine their loving rays.
That's why heaven is a place that glows beyond compare.
The lights of those who've left us are all brightly shining there."

May you rest in peace Karen, and soar with the angels now.

My heartfelt condolences are sent to all of the family with love, thoughts, and prayers. May you all find the strength to carry on, and cherish those beautiful memories of Karen and the life she lived. Until we meet again.

Love and hugs, Leona & family, xoxo"

This tribute was added by Ann Kelly on 5th April 2016

"I'm Free

Don't grieve for me for now I'm free,
I'm following the path
God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all,
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that peace at close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy,
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow,
My life's been full,
I've savoured much,
Good friends, good times,
A loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief,
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free."

This tribute was added by tony allen on 4th April 2016

"After Hours

With body tired and mind at rest,
One final journey remains,
With spirit guide and soul all blessed,
And no more earthly pains.

Safe in the realm where angels bide,
Free to wander with health restored,
And sit with loved ones by your side,
In heaven you’ll never be bored.

We view this life as – just one chance,
Three score years, your goal to earn,
But look again, with an altered glance,
There is so much more to learn.

The etheric mist is a vibrant home,
Golden orbs in a brilliant white beam,
With power to transcend and a license to roam,
You will visit us whilst we dream.

And in a guise cloaked from our view,
Unconditional love will unfold,
And answers to the questions of “Why, what and who?”,
To us will soon be told.

Think not of life as cruel but kind,
With karma the driving force,
Keep it at the forefront of your mind,
For it will map the course.

That leads us back to the heavenly domain,
Where comfort awaits in great store,
To vanquish human desires – so vain,
With peace forever more.

Yet on this earth plane we will grieve our loss,
Such pain is hard to bear,
Until the next time when our paths will cross,
Goodbye, God bless, take care!"

This tribute was added by Joan M. MacDonald on 4th April 2016

""What a beautiful tribute to your special companion and loved one through life Douglas.  The family has captured Karen's essence, love and caring for all she met in Hamilton as shown in the many precious photographs.  I met her in the beginning in Hamilton and will treasure her memory forever in my heart.  You described her perfectly in relation to the children.  You are special to have her in your life.  My sincere condolences to you and your family. Joan""

This tribute was added by theresa mckeown on 4th April 2016

"Karen was one beautiful soul and added so much to so many lives, including my own.  I will miss her lovely face, but hold dear to her incredible spirt.  I feel privileged to have called her my friend.  

I believe with all my heart that she will continue to watch over the family she loved so very much, and will always let you know (in her own special Karen way) when she is near.

Sending all of you my thoughts, prayers and love..."

This tribute was added by Ivan Tyson on 4th April 2016

"Journey Forth, Ivan Christopher Tyson"

This tribute was added by Miranda H on 4th April 2016

"Please accept my condolences in passing of your loved one Karen. I will always remember her as a very dear and beautiful soul. May God light her way always wherever her spirit may travel. God bless you and uplift you all in this time of sorrow.  
In love and light.  Miranda"

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