OBITUARY

Karen Lee McMillen

February 14, 1964July 5, 2020

Karen Lee McMillen, age 56, of Chandler, Arizona passed away on Sunday July 5, 2020. Karen was born February 14, 1964 in Red Bank, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made In memory of Karen McMillen to: The ALS Association AZ Chapter, 360 E Coronado Rd #140, Phoenix, AZ 85004 or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
16 May

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Valley of the Sun Mortuary

Sunbird

10940 E. Chandler Heights Rd.
Chandler, Arizona 85248

We welcome guests to come to the services in person. For those who are unable to come in person, we ask that you join the Livestreamed service.

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Amy Frank

May 6, 2021

Karen epitomizes strength and compassion. She was an enduring champion for those living with ALS, always willing to tell her story to help others, and always doing so with a big, bright smile. Although an ALS diagnosis is never a good reason to meet new people, I am blessed to have met the McMillens and witnessed their unfailing love for one another. God bless, Doug!

Katherine Ma

December 10, 2020

I have been going back and forth for so long trying to figure out how to piece together words that will some how express how I feel and how Karen has made me felt. But it's not possible, I have realized. I met Karen and Doug back in 2014 when my friend and I had a school project to create a medical documentary to educate our class on a disease. I learned more than just the disease that year. I learned what it was like to have support, and how meaningful and helpful it is for a family when they know they are not going through it alone. Karen and Doug have and continue to teach me about so much in life, and I am eternally grateful for that. Much love, always.

Robert Short

July 28, 2020

Doug,
I am saddened by your loss. I know how much you cared. Taking care of someone dealing with long term illness, especially to the level this was is one of the hardest things a person will ever deal with. While I know you are just a man. I also know that your devotion, however flawed you may see it, was heartwarming. Especially in a culture where men think nothing of leaving their wife when it gets hard and requires self sacrifice. I know you didn't do it perfectly., because your are human. But you did it. That is awesome. I am sure you will miss her. But I know that you will also be happy that her suffering is over.
The Lord bless and keep you. May His face shine upon you. May He be gracious and give you peace!

Rob S.

Gabrielle Blawn

July 17, 2020

Karen my most favorite memory about you is when you met Gracie(my new lab puppy). The joy on your face, I will never forget. I so enjoyed visiting you over the years and I will miss seeing you. I know you were so loved by Doug. The love he showed for you while I was around was inspiring. Your marriage and life was a testament to true love.

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