Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Karan J. "Ma" Peasley

West Belvidere, NY - Karan J. "Ma" Peasley passed away on Monday, September 17, 2012 shortly after her arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. Born on August 2, 1953 born to Todd H. and Carol Gates Peasley, in Spokane, WA. she spent her childhood years living and working at the family business in Hinsdale, NY until moving to Olean. She graduated from Olean High School in1971 and continued her formal education at Alfred State College, graduating in 1974 from the Medical Records program.

Her career in medical records began as a transcriptionist at St. James in Hornell and Jones Memorial in Wellsville. She went west for a period of time and speant a year exploring southern Arizona in the 1970's before settling down to become a wife and mother. She married Phillip Robins in 1975 (who predeceased her in 1991) and they were blessed with two children Kristofer 1979 and Kara in 1981. Karan worked for the Rochester Psychiatric Center in the late 1970's/early 1980's and was instrumental in the formation of the frst on-site Day Care Center in Monroe County. She relocated to Flagstaff, AZ for a period of time in the late 1980's furthering her career by becoming the Director of Medical Records at the Flagstaff Medical Center. The challenges of being a single mother never hampered her upbeat personality and sense of right and wrong. She moved her small brood back to New York in 1991 where she reconnected with her family and realized her professional dream by becoming the Director of Medical Records at Jones Memorial Hospital (Wellsville) until her retirement in 2004.

Karan had a quirky sense of humor and used it in her struggles through this life on Earth. She was very dedicated to her large circle of friends that she'd accumulated over the years. She was a life member of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and volunteered much of her time advocating for the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Fireman. Karan was passionate about antiques. She loved auctions and yard sales and relished the idea of getting a "good deal". She loved following politics and made herself crazy following politics. She described herself as a very opinionated citizen and always said "that you can't complain if you don't vote." She held so much wisdom and was a mentor to the youth of the area. She "adopted" many kids and her home was always open to anyone in need. 

She is survived by her husband, Lane Baggett, her daughter, Kara Janice Robins of Rochester, two sisters, Lori A. Crawford of Jonestown, PA and Sharon K. Bennett of Hinsdale, a brother, Dennis Peasley of Olean, several nieces, one nephew, and a multitude of friends and extended family. She will also be missed by "the guys" her many feline friends. She was predeceased by her son, Kristofer Robins in 2000, and parents Todd H. 1988 and Carol in 1995.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service and celebration of Karan's life on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the side yard of her home, 5968 County Route 20W, West Belvidere. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department or the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Oh my dear family...I am so sorry at the loss of Karan. She was one in a million. I loved her so much for a boss. She made us work but she also kept the humor rolling and things in perspective. She loved her family and her friends so much and she was wonderful as a boss. She was discrete and I will absolutely never forget her. I have missed her so much since we both ended up in different directions but she was one of the dearest people I knew. She was blunt and to the point but kept it tactful. What a loss it is to all of us as well . You have so much to be proud of and I am sure wonderful memories like I do. -Prayerfully, Melanie Ingalls

  2. Lane, sooo sorry for your loss..
    Karen was so wonderfull....
    Take care...
    Your friends (Volley ball gals)..Nancy.. Kay..Jeanie

  3. Kara,

    Deepest condolences to you and your family from myself & Noah during your loss. If you need anything, please dont hesitate to give me a call.

    Sleep Mommy
    © Kimberli A. Hardiman
    Sweet smile on your face as you sleep the pain away,
    Resting in God's arms now, although in the ground your body lay.
    He needed another angel in the Heavenly choir and that's why you had to go.
    As you promised, you are still with us watching your children here below.

    I never would have imagined the end would be like this, me comforting you.
    Holding your hand, telling you not to worry was not an easy thing for me to do.
    And even in your weakest hour you tried to comfort me too,
    Caressing my face, and calming my soul as only a mother can soothe.

    You have always been there through the thick and the thin
    No matter what I've done, unconditionally you love never wavering.
    When I told you of the mistakes I made and all the times people saw me fall
    You simply nodded and gently replied 'so have we all'.
    The key to success is learning from the past
    Ensuring a brighter future is now the present task.

    A pillar of strength even until the end
    Fighting all life's battles, knowing it's triumphantly you would win
    Pushing me to be the best that you know I can be
    Reminding me to keep the faith and allow God to lead me.
    Knowing it's through Christ that I can do all things
    And as He never makes a mistake I will come through victoriously.

    I miss you more than these words could ever say
    The pain in my heart is from one unimaginable day
    After I cried all that I could; my eyes still shed countless more tears
    And when I try to sleep, I have nightmares of ten-thousand fears
    I walk in footsteps on an unsure path
    My load feels so heavy I am not sure I will last.

    Silly though I may be I am afraid of life now that you're gone
    Because I've always had a mother.
    And Mommy, what about my sister and baby brother.
    I wish you could have stayed just a little while longer, there's so much left to do
    I wonder if I prayed hard enough and if so, did they get through.

    Finding relief in knowing I will see you again someday soon
    Remembering all you taught me as my soul I continue to groom
    I will walk in footsteps you have walked before me
    Seeing the path you walked lead you, Mommy, straight into victory.

    So as you sleep Mommy, in the cradle of the Lord,
    I am reassured of God's promises in His Holy Word.
    I dream of the day when Heaven's gates open to receive me
    And with your smiling face and loving eyes, reunited once again I will be.

  4. Lane and Kara, I am so terribly sad to hear of Karan's passing. She will be sorely missed by many. My visits with her always ended with me feeling more positive than when I got there. Her upbeat personality overfilled any room she happened to be in. So sorry for your loss.

  5. Lane and Kara--Feel so badly for you as Karan was such a great person. I will miss seeing her and talking to her on the phone. My condolences to you. Annette Harding-Paris

  6. Kara I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know until today. Please call me if I can help in any way. All my love.
    Stacy (Wyatt) Alsworth

  7. Peasley... so much fun, so many laughs, you always brightened up the days. Glad to have known you and be your friend.

    Rest in peace!

    Hank Dingemans