Karen Rose Apple passed away on April 14th, 2013 after a long courageous battle with lung cancer. Karen was born in Hong Kong to missionary parents, Warren and Norma Hilliard, on August 25, 1949. She lived in Japan until she was 16, learning Japanese as a second language. She finished her high school years in Sacramento, CA and graduated from Sacramento Union Academy in 1968. After a year at Andrews University in Michigan, she graduated from Loma Linda University in California in 1971. In 1972, Karen moved to Paradise, CA and worked as an LVN at Feather River Hospital. From there, her almost 40 year nursing career took many paths, but she always devoted herself to her patients, no matter the age or ailment. She was loved by her co-workers and patients alike. In 1979, after some clever matchmaking, she met and married her soul mate, David Apple. They made their home in Paradise, CA and started a family together. Karen adored her family and friends, who all knew her as a kindhearted, selfless, loving woman whose greatest joys in life were nature and family. She loved the outdoors, believing it was the greatest place to feel God’s presence. She would often retreat to the mountains for comfort and respite from any worries. She enjoyed camping, hiking, and swimming with family and friends. She also loved working in her garden. A people person, known for her bear hugs and a fantastic sense of humor, Karen lived to be around her beloved family and friends. She liked to tease and make everyone laugh. One of her favorite quotes sums this up nicely - “Laughter is the best medicine!” Karen will be missed by her husband of 33 years, David, and two daughters, Angela Ozaeta of Napa, CA and Nicole Apple of Paradise, CA. Her mother, Norma Hilliard of Deer Park, CA, and three sisters, Cathie Stump of Calistoga, CA, Bobbie Grimstad of Palmer,AK, and Bonnie Koenig of Redwood Valley, CA. A memorial service will be held on April 27, 2013, 4:00 p.m. at Paradise Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 5720 Academy Drive, Paradise CA. Donations can be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society.