She was predeceased by her parents, Herb and Kay Hemmingway and father-inlaw, George Westman. Karen was born in Vermilion, AB on January 25, 1953 to Herb and Kay Hemmingway, the youngest of five children. Karen was devoted to family and was an avid card player. She enjoyed camping, doing genealogy and travelling to many destinations, especially Hawaii.
Westman, Karen Elaine (nee Hemmingway) passed away suddenly on Sunday July 19, 2009 at the age of 56. Karen is survived by her husband of 37 years, Rod Westman of Vermilion, AB; three children, Trent (Leslie) of Vermilion, Trevor of Vermilion, and Dana (Sheldon Gale) of Lloydminster; two precious granddaughters, Madisyn and Karsyn. She is also survived by three brothers and one sister, Bob (Bette) Hemmingway, Ron (Mary) Hemmingway, Glenn (Lorraine) Hemmingway and Lynn (Clint) Landalls; her mother-in-law, Ollie Westman; in-laws, Ross (Karen) Westman, Craig (Pat) Westman, Nick (Ruth) Westman, Brian (Caroline) Westman, Della (Mark) Stumborg, Gayle (Garth) MacDonald, Lyle (Nadine) Westman; and numerous relatives in her extended family.