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Karen Patrice Holiman

May 16, 1951 - January 27, 2014
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Karen Patrice Holiman, 62, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2014. She was under the compassionate care of Pikes Peak Hospice. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Edith Holiman. Karen graduated from Pueblo South High School in 1969 and went on to graduate from Colorado State University in 1973 with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She was passionate towards the care of the elderly and worked at the Senior Citizen Center in Pueblo for several years after graduating. She also worked at Pikes Peak Seniors, Inc. in Colorado Springs. While there, Karen showed her love for helping others when she participated in a...
Karen Patrice Holiman, 62, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2014. She was under the compassionate care of Pikes Peak Hospice. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Edith Holiman. Karen graduated from Pueblo South High School in 1969 and went on to graduate from Colorado State University in 1973 with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She was passionate towards the care of the elderly and worked at the Senior Citizen Center in Pueblo for several years after graduating. She also worked at Pikes Peak Seniors, Inc. in Colorado Springs. While there, Karen showed her love for helping others when she participated in a fundraising effort for an intergenerational day care center. In 1990, Karen joined her father, working as an insurance agent and business owner for All Drivers Insurance, Inc. She served as a full time agent and continued to show a strong devotion to the well being of others. Although she received a degree in social work, Karen had a true love for the arts and she spent many years in decorating and interior design over the course of her life. Karen found her fit at Ethan Allen in 2005 where she impressed coworkers and clients for over eight years. Twice, Karen received the Ethan Allen "Spirit Award" for excellence and she earned the nickname, the "Energizer Bunny" among her colleagues. Karen developed a large clientele over the years and she became close friends with many of them who knew they could always depend on her professional design skills and personal touch. Just as she did with everything else in her life, Karen approached work with a loving and respectful attitude and she treated her clients with kindness. Her Ethan Allen family will miss her very much and will remember her always. In her personal life, Karen kept busy creating new friendships when she joined two book clubs and a bunco group. She would talk about the lasting friendships made in these clubs and her commitment to them proved how much she loved seeing her friends and getting to know others. She was involved in maintaining the integrity of the Old North End Historic District in Colorado Springs for many years and she formed powerful bonds with her neighbors. One of her greatest joys in life was setting off on adventures with her friends and family all across the world. Her favorite destinations were New York City and Italy but she also visited New Zealand, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Throughout her life, Karen surrounded herself with friends and family and being around the ones she loved brought her true happiness. Karen is survived by her two aunts, Aulene Kanakis of Joplin, Mo., and Bette Williams of Fayetteville, Ark.; her uncle Arnold Williams; her younger sister, Linda Brading of Littleton, and her niece and nephew, Kelsey and Sean Brading. Many cousins also mourn her loss. Karen will be remembered for her vivacious attitude, her kind nature, and her courageous approach to life. For twenty-one years, Karen fought a brave battle against breast cancer and in her memory, a grant has been established, created by Dr. Laura Pomerenke, that will fund breast cancer research at the University of Colorado Hospital's Young Women's Breast Cancer Translational Program.

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"What a joy to have been a friend of Karen's. I had the priviledge of working with Karen at Ethan Allen. She was not only a coworker but a dear friend that I..." Amy Anderson (Colorado Springs, CO)

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