Karen Ferry
Karen (Cline) Ferry
September 17, 1953 - March 3, 2015
Karen was born September 17, 1953, in Ontario, Oregon, and grew up in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. She died March 3, 2015, at her home in Westport, Washington. The following obituary is written in her own hand.
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The thing about writing one's own obituary is that one can go on and on about how wonderful one is. You who knew me don't need me to say that—you either liked me or you didn't.
My parents, who passed away long before me, were my dad, Kenneth Robert Cline, born in 1924 in Kuna, Idaho, and my mom, Florence Imogene Farni, born in Hammon, Oklahoma, in 1927. They married in October 1952; I came along in 1953, and then my brother, Kenneth Robert, in 1954.
We only have one surviving auntie left, Nadine. My brother used to call her and Aunt Theo the magpie sisters because they could keep a conversation going forever. Nadine has always been there for me, never forgetting a birthday or Christmas. I always remember smelling her yummy Avon perfumes in every container you can imagine—one of my favorites was the ice cream cone-shaped bottle that smelled so light and fresh. That must have been fifty years ago.
I have scads of cousins on both sides of the family, some who I'm close to and others who I've not seen in years. I'm lucky to know most of Mike's cousins; they've accepted me into the family, and have always been kind and fun. I have five nieces, three nephews, two great-nieces, and a great-nephew who give Mike and I much joy.
I have my truly wonderful husband—yes, I know, the darn building inspector. If you really knew him, you'd know a kind, generous man with the biggest heart ever. It wasn't always easy, but it was always worth it.
There is also my brother, Ken. He's true blue, loyal, and kind. He would do anything for Mike and I and his friends. He's as fond of our clams and boletes as we are of his morels.
And my sister friends, you know who you are. I am ever grateful for your support and love, keeping me sane when I've just not been so sure.
Then it's our beaches, my garden, and doing art that have chinked all those little cracks left around my heart. My heart is full, no regrets! I was able to have many good adventures through my life, and was lucky that Mike was up to driving and taking us on more. I have two other great loves that I've missed, my dogs, Catfish and Hellen. They and the ducks and the cats made us laugh every day.
My heart is filled with joy and although I don't really want to leave you all, the energy I have left needs to go meet up with the energy I have lost so I can be whole again and see what comes next.
GO TO: Marcel the Shell Best Friend Camp Song at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztV0SLgIY7c
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Karen didn't want a funeral service, a memorial, or a celebration of life, but she understood that her friends and family would want to gather to remember her in some way, so she wanted it to be a party. "Well, then," she said, "you'd better just have a damn wake."
Karen Ferry's Damn Wake will be Saturday, April 18, 2015, at her home (260 E. Harms Drive in Westport), starting at noon.

Published by Idaho Statesman on Mar. 15, 2015.
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19 Entries
My deepest condolences to the Ferry family. God's inspired words provide comfort. Psalms 91:15
April 22, 2015
I did not know you.I came onto Legacy site looking for someone else. I felt drawn to your obituary because "She wrote her own..." But oh those that do are surly going to miss you. RIP Karen Ferry. Condolences to your family and friends.
Kat Shotz
April 8, 2015
May the God of all comfort strengthen you and your family during this time. May the wonderful memories you have bring you comfort.
April 1, 2015
She knew shed be missed and I'm sure those who know miss her did also. May your hearts not be over saddened but may her beautiful words give you fond memories. Until better days ahead. jer 31:16
gonzalez
March 31, 2015
THIS IS A LOVING MESSAGE SHE WROTE FOR ALL TO REMEMBER AND EVEN THOUGH ITS WAS THE LAST TIME SHE WILL BE ABLE TO SAY ANYTHING TO YOU, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CHERISH THOSE WORDS FOREVER. THERE ALSO IS ANOTHER PERSON WE CAN CHERISH HIS WORDS FOREVER AND APPRECIATED WHAT HE DID FOR ALL US. AND HIS WORDS CAN SAVE OUR LIFE AND GIVE US HE HOPE OF NEW LIFE FOREVER ON A PARADISE EARTH WHERE WE BE ABLE TO SEE OUR LOVE ONES WHO HAVE PASS ON AND CONTINUE READING WHAT THEY MAY WRITE OR SAY TO US FROM THEIR HEART, AND WE ALL AROUND THE WORLD IS INVITING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO JOIN US IN READING THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST LIFE WHO RANSOM HIS LIFE FOR OUR AND IN THIS WAY AS YOUR LOVE ONE YOU CAN SHOW HOW YOU CAN ALSO APPRECIATED WHAT HE DID FOR YOU AS WELL AS THE HOPE OF BEING JOIN WITH YOUR LOVE ONE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. SORRY AGAIN FOR YOUR LOVE ONE.
March 31, 2015
I was very touched by Karen's obituary written in her own hand! She celebrated life and wants nothing but the best for her family as they continue with life. My condolences to everyone and may the peace of God settle in your hearts and help you to face the future as Karen would want you to.
Brenda
March 28, 2015
May the God of all comfort give you the strength and ability to endure the difficult days and weeks ahead. Psalms 83:18.
D M
March 28, 2015
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Karen. May the God of all comfort strengthen you during this very difficult time.
J Mason
March 25, 2015
Please forgive me , I have never met Karen . I have had the privilege of reading her obituary . And that alone tells me what a wonderful person she was . I don't know what took such a beautiful woman from this undeserving world ... but reading some of the loving comments from those who knew her has brought a beautiful scripture to mind . ( Isaiah 49:15 ) "Can a woman forget her nursing child or have no compassion for the son of her womb ? Even if these women forget , I will never forget you ." Karen I forever in God's memory . As she will remain in the hearts and minds of all of those who knew and loved her .
Vanna
March 25, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss. When our loved ones pass away it hurts very much. You're in my prayers.
L
March 25, 2015
So sorry of your loss. May the God who give peace comfort you and your family.
March 25, 2015
Please accept my Deepest Sympathies
Scott Chamberland
March 24, 2015
I will always remember your kind heart.
Your love of everything beautiful.
Karen Horton
Karen Horton
March 17, 2015
Watching the Desert burst into bloom and thinking of you
Cheryl
March 16, 2015
Karen, you missed the March coming in like a lion. My garden will always have a Fairy I will be Carin' for!
March 15, 2015
Your sweet, kind, positive heart will be greatly missed. See you on the other side cousin.
Dianna Farni-Spiess
March 15, 2015
Your kind and positive heart will be greatly missed. See you on the other side sweet cousin.
Dianna
March 15, 2015
What a special soul. I didn't know her then, but I feel as if I know her now. Love and camp songs to her family.
Ann Baird
March 15, 2015
Karen - One of those rare and wonderful people who make you a finer person just by being in your life...and someone who will be sorely missed, never forgotten, and somehowalways there with us. A true pioneer spirit - a can-do gal - to the very end!! Her heart was her engine, and her smile her trademark.
I've included a photo of Karen's cabin on the coast in WA state - from many moons ago...Check out her handicraft, she made a palace of that cabin. Sending you my love Karen, wherever you are! Carolyn
carolyn nelson
March 14, 2015
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