Karen Frances Nancekivell (née Baigent) passed peacefully at her home on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, at 4 p.m. in the afternoon, surrounded by her immediate family.
Karen will be deeply missed by her husband and closest companion for over 56 years, Jack, and by her family: daughter Susan Perrier and husband Randy along with their children Rhiannon and Conor; and son Greg Nancekivell and his wife Nancy along with their children Tomas and Sophie.
She will also be missed by her nieces Jennifer, Janis and Jodi and their families.
Karen was born at Woodstock General Hospital on Dec. 12, 1942, to her parents Bill and Gladys (née Fairservice) Baigent.
Also predeceased by her brother, Barry Baigent.
She was raised on a farm near Thamesford, Ontario, attended Dickson Corners Public School and later Ingersoll District Collegiate. Karen graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Victoria School of Nursing in London, Ontario, in 1963. She worked in the Obstetrics Department at Victoria Hospital until her marriage to Jack on April 11, 1964.
After their marriage, Karen and Jack lived in Oakville where Karen worked part-time at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital. After the birth of their children, Karen worked for a period of time providing private home nursing.
The family moved to Kincardine in June 1977, where Karen was the primary home maker and started volunteering in the community for charity organizations as well as working in the family-operated business, Mahood Lumber Company.
Two of the most important organizations in her life were the Kincardine Hospital Auxiliary and the Kincardine United Church. She was an active member of the Kincardine United Church choir for over 40 years and dearly loved everyone in the group. She also served for many years as the catering co-ordinator until her health denied her that enjoyment. Participation in the Hospital Auxiliary always brought her joy, particularly her fellowship with the Auxiliary members as well as the fun times that she treasured working in the Gift Shop. The highlight of her Hospital Auxiliary experience was receiving a Provincial Life Membership in the Ontario Hospital Auxiliary Association at Toronto in 2017.
Karen’s life was one of selfless giving to her family, her friends and her community.
An open casket processional (visitation) was held on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, at the Kincardine United Church.
Karen will rest with the family at the Zion Hill/7th Line Cemetery (5193 Cobble Hills Rd, Thamesford, ON N0M 2M0). A graveside service will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, with Rev. Gord Dunbar officiating. As the service will be outdoors, anyone attending is asked to bring their own lawnchair if they wish. Due to provincial restrictions, please register to attend the committal service by calling the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home at 519-396-2701.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Kincardine United Church or the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation would be greatly appreciated as a celebration of Karen’s life.
Portrait and memorial available online at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.