Karmen Elizabeth Pipes

30 April , 198814 May , 2019

With great sadness, the family of Karmen Pipes regret to announce her passing on May 14, 2019 in Halifax, NS at the age of 31. Born on April 30, 1988 in Vancouver, BC, Karmen was the beloved daughter of Terry and Terri Pipes and sister of Jodie and Chelsey Pipes. She will be forever remembered by Grandparents John and Shirley Coates of Moncton, Grandmother Marilyn Paull of Port Moody BC, niece Mackenzie Brooks of Bedford NS, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandpa, Ron Paull, who loved and worried about her so much.

The last 16 years with Karmen were a gift thanks to a lifesaving heart transplant on April 1, 2003 and a second one on June 11, 2014. She defied the odds battling cancer as a teenager and, throughout the years, many operations and countless medical procedures. She fought battles every day that the rest of us could not even possibly imagine. She met each day with an unmatched determination to live her life on her terms. She was strong, determined, stubborn, compassionate, funny, creative, private, fiercely independent, incredibly loving and deeply loved.

Karmen grew up in Hammonds Plains NS and graduated from CPA High School in 2006. She fulfilled her dream to be a nurse when she graduated from St FX in 2012 as an RN. She was devoted to the Pediatric Oncology, Nephrology and Hematology unit of the IWK where she worked alongside many nurses, now her closest friends, who once cared for her years before. Karmen loved her family, her friends, her fur kids, Doug, Lou and Rupi, the beach, hot sunny days, decorating, fashion and being as active as possible. We all loved her so and will miss her fiercely. We are so grateful to have had this remarkable spirit in our lives.

In Karmen’s own words, “I live with intention and I am grateful for rainy days, dognaps and good coffee. I have learned to be happy with simplicity and that it is okay to live a calm, quiet life.”

At Karmen’s request, there will be no visitation or service. A Celebration of Life will be held this summer, a date and time TBA, when the sun is shining and the air is warm.

We wish to extend our gratitude to all of her doctors and to the amazing medical staff on 5.1 and 6.4 of the QEII for the exceptional care provided to Karmen. Thank you for the kindness, compassion and support shown to her and to all of us during her final hospital stay. A very special thank you goes to Kate Storm, nurse extraordinaire, whose love and friendship meant the world to Karmen and to us. And finally, to Karmen’s friends and family, who visited her when it was possible, helped with Karmen’s pets and provided support to us all, we are very grateful.

If people wish, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Light the Night (Halifax) in Karmen’s memory.

despite knowing

they won’t be here long

they still choose to live

their brightest lives

-rupi kaur


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Karmen Elizabeth Pipes

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Sara Dube

20 May 2019

Thank you Karmen for taking care of our boy while he was going through cancer treatment at the IWK. You were always an angel. Our thoughts are with all of your family and friends during this difficult time. Just know that she holds a very special place in a lot of families lives. Pure example of how to take something negative and turn it into something positive. Rest peacefully Karmen.
Super Shawn, Sara, Jake, and Riley Dube.

Riley Doyle

20 May 2019

My name is riley I was one of the patients at the IWK who had the pleasure of meeting Kamren. She was always smiling when I past her in the halls of the IWK. I had her has a nurse she was very good at what she did! I will aways remember her and her beautiful smile. Im truly heart broken for all her family and friends and everyone one who got the pleasure of meeting Kamren:( she will be missed by so many.💔

Rhonda MacFarlane

20 May 2019

My son was diagnosed with Leukemia in October of 2012.We met Karmen on 6 at the IWK during our many stays .Although we didn’t know what she had battled,it all makes sense now.The care and compassion shown to Liam who was 9 at the time was such a gift.She was kind,soft,caring,spunky yet a serious and amazing nurse.She spoke softly and directly to Liam and was one of his favourite ‘port accessers’. Liam is now 16 and every visit to 6Link he peeks inpatient to see if he sees any of his ‘old’ nurses.We will miss seeing Karmen’s smile from the nurses table.Sending you love and sympathy from our family.Rhonda,Rob,Liam and Blake.

Tonia LeBlanc

20 May 2019

We met Karmen while my son was a patient in 6 link. She was one of our absolute favourite nurses. Karmen was there For us on one of our biggest days. She was there while I unhooked my son from dialysis for the last time and she walked with us to the OR for him to receive his kidney transplant. she had such a kind soul and truly cared for
Not only her patients but family . She was an inspiration to me knowing that all she had been through she was living life to the fullest. My deepest condolences to her family.

marta smith

20 May 2019

I got to know Karmen in the transplant clinic. She was truly a bright light!
Her health issues were so very difficult and yet she managed to overcome them with a smile on her face and love for those around her. She will be truly missed by all who were lucky enough to have met her. A very beautiful girl inside and out. Rest In Peace sweet one.
My deepest sympathies to her family, including her fur babies.

Yves Quevillon

20 May 2019

Terry and family; We did not had the chance to know your daugther but it sounds like she was a wonderful person. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Yves and Johanne

Brian Clarke

19 May 2019

From the day I first met Carmen , I was immediately taken by her zest for life and unchallengeable determination. I had the privilege of knowing Carmen as part of the transplant program in Halifax and absolutely loved every single interaction I had with her. Carmen shone a bright light on everyone in her life and she will forever hold a special place in my heart. I am deeply saddened by this news and my condolences to all those who loved her.
Brian Clarke

Denise Long

19 May 2019

I was so sad to hear of the passing of Karmen. I graduated STFX with her. Although we were not close friends; we would have good chats over the four years of university. A real sweetheart, you could tell she truly cared for others.
God Bless her soul, and God Bless, you, her family during this difficult time. ❤️

Marie Ross

19 May 2019

We are so very saddened to hear of Karmen’s passing. She was one of our late son Brayden’s favourite nurses while he was battling AML last year. Karmen took extra time to share her story with Brayden and it’s difficult to put into words how much that gesture meant to him. Our family will never forget the kindness she showed us during some of our most difficult days. We are sending our most heartfelt condolences to Karmen’s family and friends during this time.
Marie, Mark, Melissa, Cole, and Ryan

Carol Stewart

19 May 2019

Dear Charlie & family,
I remember when you shared the very sad news a short while ago about Karmen.
It is evident that she was indeed a "a true gem of a human being" to her family, friends, coworkers and community. She showed much bravery with her health. Her values shined brightly on wanting to focus on the needs, respect and compassion for others.
Thank you Karmen for showing us "what really matters" and for your wisdom, gratitude and appreciation of living in the moment where love, smiles, laughter, hugs, tears and breath are treasured.
Sending much love, hugs and prayers as well. Please take care and God bless.