Karin Louise Madill
July 23, 1963 to August 29, 2017
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Karin Louise Madill on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at the age of 54 in Lloydminster, Alberta.
Karin is survived by her beloved children Paytn Madill (Josh Bailey) and Caden Madill, her treasured Granddaughter Rory, her loving parents Terri and Mike Madill, her cherished sisters Debra Rumpel (Scott) and Jan Madill (Susie Dziwenka). She is also survived by her nieces and nephews Stefan Rumpel (Amanda, Emmett and Oliver), Joel Rumpe (Alex Gergen), Megan Talaga (Brett) and Elysia Dziwenka and her Bagby, Baptie, and Madill families – aunts, uncles, and cousins, along with her many friends.
Karin was pre-deceased by her grandparents Phyllis and Bob Bagby, Margaret and Ed Madill, aunts Polly Jarrett (Ken) and Celia Madill, Uncle Jon Bagby, and cousin Lisa Baptie.
A Celebration of Life for Karin was held in the Prairie Room, Lloydminster Exhibition with Carol Mohrbutter officiating. Karins Eulogy was written by her sisters Debby Rumpel and Jan Madill. Two of Karin’s favorite songs were performed by Bob Jahrig: ‘Leave a Light on’ written by Bob Jahrig and ‘Rainbow Connection.’
Honorary Pallbearers: the ‘Class of 81.’ Active Pallbearers: Caden Madill, Stefan Rumel, Joel Rumpel, Elysia Dziwenka, Josh Bailey, Sara Bagby, Josh Bagby and Grayson Duplessis. Donations in Karen’s name may be made to the Fibromyalgia Association of Saskatchewan or the local charity of your choice.
Welcome to the Celebration of Karin’s Life. Hello, I am Debby Madill Rumpel. Growing up, my sisters and I were known as the Madill sisters. Jan is the youngest, I am the middle and our fearless leader was Karin. Along with Karin’s children Paytn and Caden, her nieces Megan and Elysia and her nephews Stefan and Joel, I would like to tell you her story.
To begin, Karin’s children Paytn and Caden Madill will share their thoughts about their Mom.
Our ultimate inspiration comes from our best friend, the dazzling woman from whom we received our name and life’s blood, Karin Madill. Our mother never gave us any idea that we couldn’t do whatever we wanted to do or be whomever we wanted to be. She filled our home with love and fun, excitement and music, she was unflagging in her efforts to make life the best possible for us. The memories are too many to count for both Cade and me, but the number one memory for me (Patyn) and that will stay with me, is Mom being there for me throughout my pregnancy with my daughter Rory and helping me raise her to become the amazing little girl she is today. Her bond with Rory was the most amazing. Rory was Mom’s light, as she is Rory’s. Mom was the best Nana! The lake where we went every summer was our Mom’s favourite spot-maybe because it meant she didn’t have to cook as much. Once Mom was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia she had to stop working but that didn’t stop her from being at every one of my ball games or managing Caden’s sports. She was still always on the go. Over the last 5 years, Mom got to witness Josh and my love bloom, from our first kiss to our engagement. Mom loved and approved of Josh right away-so I know I picked the right one. As she guided us through these incredible 25 years I don’t know if Mom ever realized that the person we most wanted to be like was her. Thank you, Mom, - you will always be our guidepost for everything. We will love and miss you always.
Karin was born to Mike and Terri Madill on the morning of July 23, 1963, in Calgary, Alberta. She was a charming, active and lovable little lady from her first day.
Karin’s Dad’s memory: I wonder how many parents remember when any of their children first decided to ignore them. Well – for Karin and I, it happened when she was about 10 days old. I offered to take over the 2 am bottle feeding – I was sure I could handle this parenting chore. Karin cried – I got up – I warmed the bottle – I tried to feed her – she wouldn’t eat – I softly swore – I changed her diaper – I flushed the diaper down the toilet – I swore – somehow after completely tiring us both out, I was successful in finally getting Karin back to sleep. From that night on Karin didn’t get up for her 2 am feeding ever again. She obviously didn’t want anything to do with her totally inept father!
At 15 months, Karin became my ‘Big Sister.’ Karin’s sister Debby’s memory: I shared a room with Karin growing up. After Mom and Dad said goodnight and closed the door, Karin would take me on the most amazing adventures. We would sit on our bunk beds and she’d instruct me to lay out my security blanket and she would do the same and then she would tell me stories of princesses and adventures, transforming our blankets into pirate ships, spaceships, magic carpets and a million other things. Shortly after, my dad wold tell us to be quiet and go to sleep and that’s when I’d wonder what the heck is she seeing up there – because I’ve just been sitting on a blanket.
Karin’s sister Jan’s memory: I truly feel fortunate to have two loving sisters. I have always felt loved and protected and yes, I admit, a little spoiled. My fondest memory of Karin is waking up from a bad dream and slowly crawling into her bed. She would snuggle me and say, “I got you, Sissy.”
Karin’s Mom’s memory: Karin was a bright and tenacious little girl who kept all the adults in her life on their toes. A perfect example of this is the day Karin ran away from school in grade one. She had been put out in the hallway for talking in class and she just wasn’t putting up with that! So out the door she went, running 4 blocks home, by herself, without a coat or boots on a snowy November day. Although Karin could be stubborn and impulsive on occasion, she was also loyal and generous with her time, her money, and with showing her support and affection. She never held a grudge and was never envious, instead she was always genuinely happy for other people’s successes. Karin was a truly spiritual person, rarely missing her daily prayers.
Karin’s early childhood was spent in Calgary. We lived in a neighbourhood filled with kids, so Karin’s social life started early. Many of her friends from that part of her life are still her friends today. In 1977, when Karin was 14, the family moved to Lloydminster. Although the move was difficult for her at that age, Karin relished the freedom a small city provided and soon had a wide circle of friends – many of them are her closest friends.
Following High School and feeling uncertain about her future, Karin joined the Canadian Air Force. We were horrified – we were sure she would end up court-martialed, she was never good at discipline. But off went our bleach blonde party girl with her long red fingernails and a piece of her security blanket in her suitcase. In the end, her stubborn tenacity pulled her through and the next 5 years in the Armed Forces would become some of the best of her life. During her time in the Air Force Karin received her Journeyman Parts Certificate which provided her with a secure and enjoyable career for many years.
The next stage of Karin’s life was raising her beautiful and treasured children Paytn and Caden in Lloydminster. For 10 years she continued to work as a Parts Person while becoming a very involved and loving mom. Karin truly loved being a mom and living in Lloydminster with all her old and new friends.
Besides being a great mom, ‘Auntie Rin’ was also an interesting, fun and crazy Auntie. Karin has two nieces and two nephews that think the world of her. Here are some of their words. Megan: I will always cherish the memories I have of late-night talks with Auntie Rin, standing in her kitchen. I would rant, as hormonal teenagers do, about all the things I couldn’t talk to my mom about. Auntie Karin was always so kind in her advice to me and would talk to me like an adult, often telling me to go easier on my cautious mom. I learned some of the greatest life lessons in that kitchen with my Auntie Karin. Stefan: I’ll always remember our wrestling matches. When we were young and would arrive in Lloyd Auntie Rin would immediately issue the basement, ‘Wrestling’ challenge! Even 2 on 1 Auntie Rin is still the reigning champ. Joel: Auntie Rin and I always had a special bond, whether it was sitting next to me and just holding my hand or always answering my 2 am calls just to listen and talk about life. Elysia: I remember how she always took your feelings seriously. You could talk to her about trivial things going on in your life and she would listen like it was really important.
In 2011, Paytn gave Karin her first grandchild, Rory Shea. Karin felt blessed to share her home with Paytn, Rory, and Caden for the next 4 years. During those years we discovered that, of all the things Karin had done in her life, Karin was meant to be “Nana”! No matter how she was feeling she was always loving, patient and joyful with Rory. Karin have our family the rare experience of seeing someone’s face ‘light up.’ In the first moments when Karin and Rory saw each other, after a day apart, their faces absolutely did ‘light up’ with real joy.
After Caden went off to Vancouver and Paytn, Josh and Rory settled into their own house as a family, Karin moved in with Mom and Dad. Mom: We were so blessed to have shared the last 2 years with Karin. She was so very loving, happy and thoughtful. I think she really did love sharing our new home and neighbourhood. Dad: Karin went from being our child to being our friend.
Within hours of Karin being taken from us, we received hundreds of messages through social media. We feel amazement and the greatest comfort in reading all your outpourings of love for Karin. We would like to share a few of these thoughts: Charlene – kind, genuine, loving spirit. Gerald – rest in peace Dilly. Darrel – her smiling face will be missed by countless people. Lieve – Karin was the party…our wildflower…she loved harder than anyone I know. Jill – she always had a twinkle in her eye. Coreen – I will miss her beautiful smile. Karen – an amazing childhood friend. Lindsey – a beautiful soul. Grace – a strong member of the Class of 81, gonna miss you girlfriend. John – I’ll always remember her laugh and welcoming hugs. Jean – Free spirit full of love. Raelene – Karin, beautiful freckled face and that great smile. Bonnie – beautiful soul who had a smile and laugh that was magical. Janice – smiling face and contagious energy. Tara – gentle, kind person.
We asked ourselves after seeing all these beautiful messages – did Karin know so many people loved her? Did she know how much her family loved her? We all know she loved us because she always made sure to tell us. We pray that if you learned anything from Karin and from our heartbreak, please, while you can, tell your people you love them.
Social media was made for people like Karin. For anyone who has received a text or Facebook message from her, we would like to end Karin’s story the way she would have:
Thank you to Glenn and Joel McCaw and McCaw staff for their wonderfully gentle, care support, and to the Lloydminster Exhibition for making the Prairie Room and lunch arrangements stress-free and lovely. Special thanks to Carol Mohrbutter for going far beyond what was expected in helping us create a Celebration of Life that expressed who Karin was and how much she was loved. Thank you, Bob Jahrig for being there for Karin with your music. Class of 81, sincere thanks for being a constant part of Karin’s life and ‘Honour Guard’ at the end. Our deepest gratitude to our dear family and friends for traveling for hours to be our support, for your comforting hugs, prayers, kind words, food, flowers and donations in Karin’s memory.
Paytn, Caden, Rory, Terri, Mike, Debby, Jan, and family.
McCaw Funeral Services Ltd. Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.