Karen Joan Leslie
(nee Manning )
died March 9th, 2015 at the age of 64 after a courageous journey with cancer causing heart failure. Karen was born the second of five children to Ron and Daphne Manning in Prince George May 16th,1950. Karen graduated High school in Kamloops in 1969 and went to University of Victoria to pursue her life long dream to become a teacher. Karen accepted a job in Vanderhoof vowing to stay one year and that was where a beautiful love story began. Karen met her husband David Leslie and they enjoyed 43 years of marriage, while raising their two daughters Vicki and Tara.
Karen taught in Vanderhoof for 33 years. During this time she worked with children at both the elementary and secondary levels. She particularly enjoyed her experiences working with the hearing impaired. Karen was involved locally with the Ididalap for Cancer, Hospice Society as well as for the Canadian Cancer society. Karen is survived by her husband David and their two daughters Tara Rohatnychuk (Delayne), Vicki Siemens (Blaine) and her precious grandchildren Taylor and Cameron.
The family is requesting that any donations made be sent to either the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
A celebration of Life was held at Nechako Valley Secondary on Friday, March the 13, 2015.