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Karen Louise Shively Blockley


1958 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Karen Louise Shively Blockley Obituary
Karen Louise (Shively) Blockley July 12, 1958 - August 5, 2013 Beloved Daughter, Wife, Mother, Businesswoman and Musician, Karen was born, raised and lived her life in Bakersfield. Karen was a very sensitive, talented musician. She loved her family more than anything, but her cello was her passion. Her artistry began in grade school; before she was out of Junior High, she was playing with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. Karen's faith, her supportive family and church family saw her through a successful treatment for Hodgkin's disease when she was younger. Not long after that, she met Ted; they were married in 1981. In 1987 they adopted their beautiful daughter Anna and later their equally supportive son, Ricky. She started her business Air & Sea Travel in 1991. One of Karen's favorite joys was sending people on great trips all over the world. She and Ted enjoyed many of these themselves. Once, they returned with a new cello as a "souvenir". Musically, she delighted audiences as co-principal with the Symphony and as principal cellist in Music De Camera where she was able to express her zeal for chamber music. Karen truly loved to play in her string quartets, the Kiwi and the Tea Rose, and rarely turned down an opportunity to share her music. Karen also taught privately and inspired her students to have a passion for the cello. Because she loved her students, she wanted to instill in them an appreciation and love of music. The Youth Symphony is another way she shared her deep felt musical sense. She continued her term as president of that organization until the end, long after she was forced to stop playing music herself. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Ted Blockley, daughter Anna Blockley and granddaughter Cecilia and son, Ricky Ott; parents Sherlo and Ila Shively, brother David Shively (Janie), sister Diane McConnell (Jim), and her nephews, Seth, Kyle, and Brad. She was proceeded in death by her beloved nephew, Kevin. Many thanks to the kind doctors and staff at CBCC and especially to Neetu at Memorial Hospital. We take great comfort in knowing that Mom has gone home to be with our Lord. Graveside will be on Saturday, August 10th at 2:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery, 3700 River Blvd. A celebration of Karen's life will be held at Church of the Brethren, 321 A Street Bakersfield, CA on Saturday, August 17th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please direct gifts to the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra. wwww.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 9, 2013
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