SARANAC LAKE - Karyn Fay Giles, 40, of 102 Woodruff St., Saranac Lake, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, with her loving family by her side.
She was born June 5, 1972, in Danbury, Conn. She is the daughter of Harold John Giles and Fay Louise (Johnson) Hartpence.
Karyn graduated from Saranac Central School. She went on to graduate from Paul Smith's College, majoring in environmental science. She continued on to get her master's degree in teaching, was a literacy volunteer and raised three daughters at the same time. She did some student teaching and tutoring in the Saranac Lake Central School District.
She was a very devoted mother and an active sports mom. She had coached her daughters' soccer team in the past and could always be seen cheering her girls teams on until her health declined. She was diagnosed with an inherited liver disease and was in need of a transplant.
She is survived by her parents, Harold John Giles and his companion Dawn Tidas of Brainardsville; Fay Louise (Johnson) of Tennessee; four beautiful children: Kennedy Snyder, 17, Katey Snyder 15, Cameron Snyder, 14, and Tryon Haltigan, 5; her siblings: Maureen (Giles) Ratliff and her companion Tim Taylor of Beekmantown, John Giles and his wife Kristina of Fairfax, Vt.; her nieces and nephews: Corryn (Provost) Thomas and her husband Doug, their children Rachel, Seth and Kiona all of West Chazy, and Victoria, Nicholas and Kimberlin Ratliff, all of Beekmantown. She will also be dearly missed by John Snyder and Pat Haltigan, her children's fathers, and many, many friends and extended family.
She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Rita and Loran Giles; uncles: Donald Giles and William Brown; and cousins: Dale Giles and Brad Brown.
Calling hours are set to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A memorial service will immediately follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bill Muench officiating. Final disposition of Karyn's cremated remains, a reception and celebration of Karyn's life will take place in the spring.
Friends wishing to remember Karyn may make memorial donations to the Saranac Lake Pee Wee Hockey Association in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.