Obituary: Karen May-Cary |

Obituary: Karen May-Cary

A letter to my sister,

Karen May-Cary

Late in the evening on Sept. 25, my sister, Karen May-Cary, lost her battle with multiple sclerosis and passed away surrounded by family and friends. She was 49.

Karen was born in White Plains, New York, and our parents, Mike and Marie, moved us out to Colorado in 1972, settling near Silverthorne in 1974. She attended Silverthorne Elementary School and Summit Junior High and High School, graduating in 1983. She also attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She liked riding horses and her KX80 motorcycle and skiing.

It was at Summit High School where Karen met her future husband, Chris Cary. They married in June 1986. They lived in Leadville and had two girls, Hannah and Emma, as well as a menagerie of other “kids” — Mr. Kitty, Heidi, Sequoia, Toby, Whiskers, Ivy and Marla, just to name a few.

Karen loved being a mom. She volunteered at West Park Elementary School and Lake County Middle School, coached T-ball, and led a Girl Scout Troop. She was involved with Emma’s soccer and basketball teams.

Karen enjoyed the Food Network, travel shows, and Law & Order. She liked singing along to John Denver, Simon & Garfunkel and Celtic Woman.

There’s the bio. Now, on to the important stuff:

Karen, I speak for a lot of people when I say we all have a lot to thank you for. Thanks for putting family first. Thanks for the two wonderful girls you raised. Thanks for always being involved with them and inviting us along. Thanks for all the holidays, trips and family functions. Thanks for spending a little time with me these last few weeks, eating Cafe Britt and listening to Neil Young.

More than anything, thank you for showing what it means to be brave. Several years ago, you stood up to a bear who had taken up residence in Mom and Dad’s house. You were even more courageous in your day-to-day life. You were stoic in the face of a cruel, unforgiving disease, and I never heard you complain once. You handled yourself with a grace and dignity like no other, and the power of your example of seeing what’s important will remain with me always.

You will live in the hearts of your family and friends forever.

Your brother, Mike

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