Beloved daughter of Cheryl and the late Reverend Eugene Abbott. Loving sister to Christopher (Janice) and Keith (Catherine); wife-a-billy to Geoffrey; delightful aunt to Lister, Zeke, Euan, John and Liam. Dear niece to Andrea, Leonard (Shirley) and Brent; cousin to Ian, Robyn and Colin. Vibrant friend to many special people. Diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in June 2017, Karen lived with grace and demonstrated tremendous bravery up to her last breath. She passed away peacefully in palliative care surrounded by her family and dear friend Sasha.
Karen had the ability to take the simplest moment and transform it into something magical, profound and quirky, which touched the hearts of those who were blessed to spend time with her. Free-thinking and exceptionally creative, she devoted much of her life to promoting visual arts to the public, and particularly to the children of her province. After graduating from Mount Allison University, Karen interned at the Owens Art Gallery and subsequently worked as an art educator and curriculum developer for fine art at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, and the Department of Education. She then went on to pursue her passion for organic farming.
Karen was a talented illustrator, video-artist, accordionist, composer, clothing designer, puppet theatre artist, bookbinder, and Big Sister volunteer. She loved animals, most of all her two cats Stella and Hudson. She marvelled at the beauty of nature, and especially enjoyed beach fires with friends and adventures under the skies in Bonavista Bay. Karen was held in the highest regard by those who knew her well, and she will be forever missed by those who adored her.
A sincere thank-you to the kind people who helped Karen and her family through the challenges that come with having cancer.
In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree for Karen. Donations in her memory may be made to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, or to a charity that reminds you of the brightness of her spirit.
Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Wednesday, July 3 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held from The Anglican Cathedral on Thursday, July 4 at 2 p.m. with interment to follow at the Anglican Cemetery, Forest Road.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
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