Karen Andrea Mock (Hanna)
January 3, 1953 – December 9, 2021
It is with profound sadness and deep love that the family of Karen Mock (née Hanna) announce her sudden passing on Thursday December 09, 2021, at the age of 68. She leaves to remember her husband of 22 years Gordon, and children: Jennifer Argue (Kevin), Erin Albert (Craig), Steven Argue (Sarah), Robyn Argue-Pollock (Chris). Along with 9 beloved grandchildren: Alex, Abby, Isaac, Jackson, Jalen, Noah, Jenny, Nyla and Julie. Siblings: John Hanna (Betty), Peter Hanna (Nora), Paul Hanna, Katherine McMath (David) and Tim Hanna (Melissa) as well as numerous special nieces and nephews. Karen was predeceased by her father, William Andrew Hanna and mother Faye Lauretta Hanna (née Seymour)
Mom was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the second eldest of five children. Her childhood was filled with many fond memories of her time spent at her grandparent’s farm (Yarm) in Shawville, Quebec and the stories of time spent with her siblings that she loved dearly and spoke of often until her passing. In her teen years, mom’s free-spirited and adventurous nature took her hitchhiking “out west”, which provided many stories for years to come. This spirit landed her, as a young bride, in the wind blown-prairies, to farm and raise their young children in the Kayville area. In 1986 the family moved to Regina where she spent the next many years working, obtaining her GED then graduating from SIAST, all while raising her 4 children in our childhood home where we were left with the most precious lifelong memories (Princess Street).
Mom met the love of her life, Gordon Mock, while she was working at Brandt Industries, and from there, she and her constant companion and inseparable best friend moved to Kindersley, Balgonie and finally to Martensville. They enjoyed many years of travelling, including Vancouver Island, the United States and Alaska. But, since mom took notice of and enjoyed the little things in life so much, her favourite activities were their daily adventures, her Chai Teas and morning walks, while paying close attention to the trees, the sky and the earth around her. Mom had many talents, and was a very well rounded-artist. She was a gifted weaver, knitter, baker, painter, gardener and poet. The handmade gifts will bring comfort to her family for years to come. Mom’s fondest and proudest creation was that of her grandchildren. Time spent individually knowing their hearts, whether it was cheering on the sidelines of a sporting event, painting rocks, making their favourite foods, encouraging them, wiping tears or giggling with silly laughter through rhymes and stories.
This year Karen was looking forward to spending the summer months at her and Gord’s new trailer at their lot in Sturgeon Lake. They were literally counting down the days and making preparations, including very recently painting an artistic scene on a tree stump. Mom was also looking forward to Christmas this year with the whole family at her daughter Erin’s home in Martensville. She had started baking for the big day, including pink swirled sugar cookies with sprinkles that she was so excited about, and had already handed out gifts to her family in November. She had a few things she was going to prepare as she always made people’s favorites. She was going to make a lemon pie for Erin, a butterscotch pie for Steven and Robyn, Mexican wedding cookies for Jennifer and butter tarts for Gord as well as her mom’s “famous pear salad”.
Karen had just painted a scene on the top of a beautiful piece of fig maple wood that she was about to shellac. Her granddaughter Nyla finished the piece for her grandma.
The story of our mom’s life is a beautiful tale of a free-thinking spirit, who loved the Lord and left an immeasurable mark on all those who were lucky enough to know her through her profound ability to teach acceptance, validation and love through her actions. Her legacy will live eternally.
The celebration of Karen’s life will be on Wednesday, December 15th at 2:00 pm in Martensville, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish 300-8th Avenue South, with coffee, tea and dainties to follow. Interment to follow at a later date.
If you are unable to attend the service, please go to the livestream link @ https://youtu.be/rlfucP15_bY