Her family is devastated to announce that Karen passed away quietly and peacefully at Simcoe Hospice in Barrie following a prolonged struggle with cancer that was met with courage, grace and humour.

Beloved wife and best friend of Dr. Andrew Dickson of Midhurst and amazing mother of Alex and Sam.

Karen leaves behind her sisters Kathy and Linda and brother Tom along with their families all residing in the United States.  Beloved daughter-in-law of Dr. David and Carol Dickson of Brampton, brothers-in-law Tim (Gail), Peter (Therese) and their families.

Karen was born in Arlington, Virginia and moved about the United States as her family followed their father’s career with JC Penny.  Karen began her professional career in Michigan where she met the love of her life Andy, and following their marriage they relocated to Barrie in 1992 where Andy established his family practice.  Karen pursued a 20 year career in the pharmaceutical industry where she excelled and was repeatedly awarded sales representative of the year for Canada.
Despite her most recent diagnosis, Karen lived life to the fullest greeting each day with energy, grace and humour supported by her extensive family and close friends.Karen’s sons were foremost in her life and in her heart and she was so proud of their character and accomplishments, as Alex starts medical school in Dublin, and Sam enters Dalhousie University.  She was passionate about fitness and loved her long walks in the woods with their dog Marley and the late Satchmo (Dirty Girl).  Karen treasured her time at their cottage at Long Lake with her family and friends.

Special thanks to her sisters, Kelley, Kim and Jen for their loving support.  In Karen’s words, they were her ”rocks”.

Private cremation took place with family present.  A memorial service will be announced at a future date.  On line condolences can be made through admin@peacefultransition.ca

In lieu of flowers, on line donations can be made to Simcoe Hospice in Barrie, Ontario at www.hospicesimcoe.ca.

Karen will be deeply missed but never forgotten.  We all share in the tremendous loss of this very special woman.

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