Karen Julianna Duff (nee Boehler)

With great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and sister, Karen Julianna Duff, who died peacefully at home after an extended illness on May 30, 2015.

Survived by Patrick her loving husband of 52 years, daughter Kathleen, son Roger, grandchildren Christopher and Laura, sister Gail, brothers Boyd and Ron, her Great Dane Yolanda and many extended family members and friends.

Karen was born in Loon Lake, Saskatchewan on December 16, 1944. She was a licensed Realtor for 39 years, mainly with Century 21 Real Estate Canada as Eastern Vice President for training & management development in Ontario and Real Estate sales with ReMax Camosun in Victoria. She was the first female Director, sales division, BCREA and spent years as a professional speaker and working with Service Excellence programs.

Karen founded the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program in Victoria and was admitted as a Serving Member of the Order of St. John. She was also involved with the Western Great Dane club on the lower mainland.

Karen was a kind and loving soul who touched many lives. This will be a great loss for all of those who knew her. Please join us at an open house to celebrate her life on Sunday, June 7, between the hours of 1 – 5 at daughter Kathleen’s home, 428 Sue Mar Place, Victoria.

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  1. Maureen Fotos

    My very deepest sympathies to you, Patrick, and all of Karen’s family. Karen and I spent countless hours together as friends and close neighbours growing up, so I have many happy memories by which to remember her. I will miss her. I will always remember our last visit at your home, and the lovely salmon dinner! She was always so hospitable!! Love, Maureen

  2. Joan Pink (Murie)

    I am so sorry to learn of your loss of a vibrant & caring Mother, wife Sister & Friend. Karen had a great influence on the course of my life & career! She encouraged me to look at real estate & 40 years later although not active in the field any longer; it was Karens patience, enthusiasm & wonderful sense of humour that set me on my way! Your family is in my thoughts & prayers?.

  3. Sad to lose our chum from the ‘hood. We go way back, and shared some adventures! I will remember Karen for her generosity and fun-loving personality. Deepest sympathy to Patrick, Kathleen, Roger, and families. I will always think of her fondly and with a smile.
    Love, Tanis

  4. ronda mcgregor

    it is with a very heavy heart tht i say good bye to Karen .. though we hadnt seen each other in sometime , our families were the best of friends. My dad Ron Weldon was like a brother to both pat and karen , and i know my mom Beverley Gleason will be waiting with open arms to welcome her to heaven .. Sending much love and prayers to you all at this time xxx

  5. Sherri Gillanders

    What a lovely remembrance of a wonderful person. I didn’t know Karen well given that I live in another part of Canada, but I do know how important she was as a dear friend to my mom, Julie. Karen’s kindness, sense of humour, and passion for living have inspired my mom and ensured an enduring friendship that will last beyond this life. Sending Pat and Kathleen love and prayers at this time. Sherri

  6. Chris & Ron Weldon

    So sorry for your loss Pat, Kathleen, and Roger. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a great lady and a great friend.

    Love Chris and Ron

  7. Colwood Medical Treatment Centre

    Our deepest sympathies to Patrick and family on the passing of Karen. May you find comfort at this time and enjoy the fond memories you have made throughout the years.

    Dr. John Coburn and staff at Colwood Medical Treatment Centre

  8. As a Realtor I worked at Remax Camosun with Karen. She was always kind and generous with her time and I really valued our friendship. She lived life fully enjoying her family, friends and dogs. I will remember her. I extend my condolences to her family and friends.
    In Sympathy
    Angele Munro

  9. Karen was the first person I met when I moved to Prince George. She was always so kind to us whenever we visited. Our paths crossed rarely and it was always a joy when it happened.
    Our deepest sympathies to Patrick and all the extended family.
    Bob Hackett and family

  10. Just heard the sad news. I met Karen in the 80’s while working with Century 21. She was an inspirational mentor.Her warm and caring personalty made everyone she met feel special.
    May your memories give you strength
    In Deepest Sympathy
    Nora Landry ( Formerly Century 21 Classic Dartmouth Nova Scotia)

  11. Phyllis Ann quesnel née Douglas

    With great sadness to Patrick & family sisters & brothersKaren was a next door neighbor on 11th Avenue in Prince George BC there was the five of us who enjoyed tobogganing on Coxes Hill which was right behind our houses on 10th Avenue after school It was a blast. It’s hard to believe the years went by Karen was a beautiful woman & full of fun as we grew up Sorry I never never met her husband Mostly knew Gail Ronnie Boyd as neighbors

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