Karen Ann Spencer, age 74, peacefully passed away on October 20, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Born on August 3, 1949, in Kenora to Pirie and Emily Campbell, Karen was the youngest of the Campbell clan. She often shared stories of her childhood, filled with the mischievous antics of her brothers and her role as the “baby sister” who would occasionally tattle on them. Growing up in Lakeside brought many cherished memories, from trips to the local corner store to playing with the neighborhood kids.
Karen’s path crossed with Robert (Bobby) whom she married on October 17, 1970. Together, they built a fulfilling life in Rabbit Lake and welcomed their children, Paula and David, into the world. The Spencers’ home became a hub of activity during the summers, with visits from extended family and friends. Excitement filled the air during their annual Boxing Day celebration, where Karen’s homemade perogies and orange jellied salad were always a highlight. Laughter, love, and an abundance of food were constants in their gatherings.
Having a compassionate and nurturing nature, Karen’s heart extended beyond her immediate family. She welcomed all who entered her life with open arms and treated them like her own. Family was her priority, and her joy multiplied when she became a grandmother to Abby and Hudson. Watching her grandchildren grow brought immense happiness to Karen’s life. After working alongside her brother Ken at KC Refrigeration for over 30 years, Karen retired in 2016 to devote more time to Bobby, their children, grandchildren, their grand dog Bailey, and a cherished circle of friends and family. Animals, particularly dogs, held a special place in her heart, and she had an uncanny ability to remember the names of everyone’s pets.
Karen will be dearly missed by her beloved husband of 53 years, Robert, her daughter Paula, her son David (Jennifer), her grandchildren Abby and Hudson, her brothers Allan (Audrey) and Brian (Bonnie), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She leaves behind a lasting impact on extended family members and dear friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, brother Ken, nephew David, auntie Nor, Nana Carlson, and Nana Bastien.
The family expresses sincere gratitude to the compassionate staff at Pinecrest for their exceptional care during Karen’s last year. They also extend their appreciation to Cory and the staff at Brown’s Funeral Home for their kindness and support. While there will be no formal service, a small gathering will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Karen’s memory can be made to A Dog’s Life, The Salvation Army, or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. As Thomas Wilder said, “It’s hard to turn the page when you know someone won’t be in the next chapter, but the story must go on.” Rest easy, “Love.”
Arrangements entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre.