Karen Bertrand, age 60, took her first breath of Heaven on November 4, 2022, with her Aunt and best friend by her side along with her dear sister-in-law. She was born on April 7, 1962 in Moss Bluff, Louisiana to Arlene and Lee Bertrand. Karen spent her childhood surrounded by the love of family, her deep-rooted Cajun heritage that she was so proud of and of course listening to French music and eating her weight in the Cajun food she loved so much.
Her love of sports which she played all through her young life with lifelong friends, carried into her adulthood. She carried all those experiences and memories with her. She loved to take in a Mariner’s game with her mom, Arlene and shared many games with dear friends she called family. Karen was also a huge fan of the Seahawks. Not a game day went by that she did not sport Seahawks gear and was not be glued to the TV. Such a family event!
Karen moved to Washington in 1983, after making many visits with her mom to see family over the years. A few years later, her parents and brothers followed. Family meant everything to Karen. There was not a time that she did not put everyone else before her own needs. Karen’s loving heart led her to begin her servantship of caring for others by taking care of her grandmother who lived at Living Court Apartments. She slowly began making friends there and soon had many under her wing. Before long, the senior community had become part of her heart. She had found her calling. She went along to help on a few bus trips to Reno with the Senior Center who wore her out with their love to gamble and live life to the fullest. She had a blast!
Her passion evolved over the years and soon the opportunity to purchase an adult family care home in Enumclaw came her way…Cascade Caregivers Adult Family Home. Karen’s love and compassion of loving the elderly and their families was complete. To all the families that allowed her to love you…Thank you. Your trust meant everything and filled her heart completely. You will never be forgotten.
Karen is survived by her brothers: Jim and Debbie, and Carl. Nephews Brian and Tia, Michael and Maggie. Nieces and Nephew (Her baby girls) Kylee, Kendra, Kayden, Allana and (Her sweet boy) Beckham.
She is also survived by her Aunt Debbe and cousins, who Karen loved and treated as her own children, Krista, Jami and Josh.
Karen is also survived by many other family and friends…know that you are being carried today with us…and of course, her beloved community.
She is preceded in death by her parents Lee and Arlene, brother Michael, and her Uncle Chuck.
We would like to thank the staff and families of Cascade Caregivers for your constant love and support of Karen over the years. We, as her family, will never be able to put into words the deep, heartfelt love and gratitude we feel for you. Honestly, there are truly no words to express what a heart feels at this time or of the years gone. You have been blessed with God’s Hand and we will forever be thankful for you as Karen was. We always felt as though God brought you to us. Know that.
We would like to thank Weeks’ Funeral Home for extending such kindness, love and compassion and generosity during trying circumstances. You are our second family and seem to always know what is needed in the exact moment. Thank you for loving our family always. You are our hearts.
Please join us in a Celebration of Life in her honor that will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, November 12th at Mt. Rainier Christian Center in Enumclaw.