Obit.: Allen, Karen Elizabeth Ruth [nee Penney]

Karen Elizabeth Ruth Allen
December 5, 1961 - August 2, 2013

It is with deeply saddened hearts that we, the family, would like to pass on
that Karen Allen of Parrsboro lost her long, difficult and courageous battle
with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (Cancer) on August 2, 2013 surrounded by her
immediate family. Karen was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland to Ron and
Effie Penney on December 5, 1961. Her life moved her from Newfoundland to
Toronto, Ontario where she partially ran a towing business for many years.
Karen demonstrated her incredible resolve and determination by later
completing a Business Degree from York University, while being a young
mother of two. Life later brought Karen back to Nova Scotia where she
managed and owned a gas station in Brule. She also spent time with the
Christmas Index in Truro, as well as worked for the Child Poverty Network.
The heavy workload leant her to prioritize staying at home and raising her
children. Karen devoted herself to her children wholeheartedly and always
had the motto ³children can never have enough people to love them² to which
she was truly committed. Karen¹s Harley Davidson was one of her many
accomplishments which she thoroughly enjoyed, especially cruising with her
husband Mitchell. However the real joys in her life came with her
grandchildren, Kaden and Hailyn, which she could never get enough of. She
was a very special ³Nana² to both and showed true love to each grandchild
every day since both were born, never forgetting her blessings even in the
hardest of times. Karen was a very giving person and always treated everyone
with dignity and respect. She touched everyone she met and left them all
with a profound sense of something special in having met her. Karen devoted
her whole life to helping those around her and helped so many individuals
achieve what might have been missed opportunities had it not been for her
influence. Karen leaves behind her devoted husband, Mitchell, her boys
Domenic (wife Nicole), Daniel (fiancé Ally), Jeremy (wife April and grandson
Kaden), and Joshua as well as daughter Leah (husband Chris and granddaughter
Hailyn). Siblings, Brother Austin (wife Flo niece and nephew Emily and
Ralph), Sisters Madonna (husband Phillip and daughters Jessica and Rebecca
and nieces Aurora and Sophie), Sister Rosalie (husband Brian and nephews and
niece Victor, Mitchell, Mikaela, Mackenzie), Sister Bernadette (nieces
Melanie and Tammy). Her Father Ron Penney (friend Shirley). Karen was
predeceased by her mother Effie and step mother Mary. Everyone that knew and
met Karen is left with a void for the rest of their lives that will never be
truly filled. We are all blessed to have had her touch our lives in many
ways. May she rest in peace. As per her wishes, there will be no formal
services held. A gathering of immediate family will be held at a later date.

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[Collected by DAW, 26 Aug 2013]