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Karen Lynn Bresee, 50, of Lillington North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 23,2023 at the SECU Hospice Home of UNC Healthcare in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
Mrs Bresee was preceded in death by her father Austen C. Asquith.
She was born August 14, 1972, the daughter of Austen and Sherry Asquith of Morris, New York. Karen graduated from Morris Central School in 1990. After graduation, she received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and then a degree in Respiratory Therapy. She worked as a Respiratory Therapist in Otsego and Chenango counties for over a decade. She then accepted a position at the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill. There she worked in the burn unit and with the ECMO team. She was a member of multiple committees and a Lean Six Sigma certified blue belt. Karen has always been a compassionate and empathetic patient advocate. During the COVID-19 pandemic Karen chose to transition to a traveling Respiratory Therapist and worked multiple contracts at New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Karen had many interests from kayaking, to sewing, to the beach, and her love for dogs. She always supported local dog rescues, dog friendly businesses and the ASPCA.
Karen is survived by her husband Christopher Bresee; daughter Kassondra Pierce; her mother Sherry Asquith; two brothers, Austen and Lori Asquith, Brian and Marcela Asquith; two granddaughters, Paislee and Cecilia; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephew.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions in Karen's memory to the ASPCA.
Private service will be held at a later date.
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