Friday, 12 February 2010

Through gates of splendour....

Karena Claire Mackay
15.11.61 – 12.02.10

Ps 139:16 “All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be...”

Karena died at 8.00pm this evening - she went confidently into the presence of her saviour, Jesus.

I’m so privileged to have helped her on her final journey to her permanent home. She was a magnificent wife, an exceptional mum and she was my very best friend.

As a family we are totally devastated by our loss, but also full of assurance that she is with Jesus now where there is no pain, no suffering, no tears. We will see her again one day.

Appreciating your ongoing prayers for our family, and for her parents, sister and nephews for the coming days.

Funeral details will follow.


  1. Karena,
    The best sister in law anybody could hope for. My heart is heavy with sadness and tears but I have memories full of the love and kindness you gave over the years as a wonderful wife, mother and sister-in-law.
    In Gods arms you gently rest.
    I'll never forget you Karena. xx

  2. We are all so honoured that you chose to share your journey with love and ongoing prayers for all of you at this time...

  3. Craig,

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us here over these last weeks - a faith tempered and tested and refined by suffering shines through your words, and all the more the glory of the Christ you and your family trust in.

    We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
    We go not forth alone against the foe;
    Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
    We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.


  4. Karena truly was an amzing woman on this earth, and I know she's be relishing her first day of eternity with her Jesus. We'll be praying for you and the kids though Craig, that God will be close to you, and you will all find real peace. xxx

  5. A truly beautiful person. I was lucky to have crossed her path and met such a wonderful lady. Lucky me.
    Thinking of you all xx

  6. Our arms reach out to you for the biggest of hugs, old friend. What a fantastic woman Karena was while she was on this earth. We are thinking of you and yours. Jez, Helen, James and Charlotte xxxx

  7. A truly wonderful wife and mother. She will be greatly missed by the whole family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    "Think of me as one at rest
    For me you should not weep
    I have no pain, no troubled thoughts
    For I am just asleep.
    The living thinking me that was
    Is now forever still
    And life goes on without me now
    As time forever will.

    If your heart is heavy now
    Because I've gone away.
    Dwell not long upon it friend
    For none of us can stay,
    Those of you who liked me
    I sincerely thank you all
    And those of you that loved me
    I thank you most of all."

  8. I deeply appreciate all the support, thoughts and help provided to my dear brother through his and his families moments of need and ongoing life trial - we all do. Craig, and the kids, are very lucky to have such great people around him and supporting him. You are clearly an outstanding team of people.
    So many thanks from the wider Mackay family- we sincerely and deeply appreciate all that. Best wishes and thanks again. Hope to meet more of you soon, Gary

  9. What a privilege to share in the journey. We hope to continue with you all. We are praying for you guys and will not stop doing so. Craig, thank you for allowing us all to understand what you're going through. I wonder what Karena's doing right now?
    God bless you xxx

  10. Craig, God bless you. I don't know what to say, but I pray that God will be close to you all. Thank you for opening up Karena's last few weeks to us all.
    Take care

  11. Great lady! Love and peace to you all. Our thoughts are with you.

    The Teale family

  12. thinking of you and praying for you all...what a journey...thank you for sharing it with us Craig...Karena was an incredible woman and she will be having a party with Jesus now...
    Love Cat and Nick x

  13. Dear Craig, myself and my families thoughts are continually with you all, god bless x

  14. Craig
    You are a very lucky and honoured man to have known and loved Karena. Although her time on earth was far too short, she will continue to live on through her family and friends.
    Be strong. We are all here for you.
    Love Carole and the AP Crowd.

  15. You are deep in my thoughts Craig. xXx

  16. As a teen Karena looked out for me and I knew then how close she was to God. I have no doubt in my mind that she is with God. I thank God for you both and I pray he will be by your side in the weeks to come x

  17. I was searching for my name on google and this blog came up so I read about the other Karena. The only true love I've ever had was named Craig so I read on. I can only say that as I read all the wonderful things about your Karena I had to think how wonderful these words would be if I had people around me that loved and missed me like her. She sounds like a light to all around her and a daughter of the True and Living King. What a beautiful life she must have shared with you all. God Bless You from Karena Hancock in Caddo, OK. USA. I pray the good memories make you smile and that you are comforted daily by the our Father in Heaven. Please forgive the intrusion. I just wish I were the Karena these words were spoken about.