MacNeil, Karen

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries/Games -


Karen MacNeil of Syd­ney, Nova Sco­tia passed away un­ex­pect­edly on Satur­day, Au­gust 5, 2017 in St. Martha’s Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in Antigo­nish. Her pass­ing was quiet, and she was sur­rounded by loved ones. Karen was born on January 4, 1945 in Hal­i­fax to Thilmond and Pa­tri­cia Landry, and grew up in Arichat, Nova Sco­tia. She grad­u­ated from Mount Saint Vin­cent Univer­sity with a Bach­e­lor of Arts, and went on to ob­tain her MLIS from Dal­housie Univer­sity. Karen was a Li­brar­ian at the Syd­ney Re­gional Li­brary be­fore she re­tired. This was the best pos­si­ble ca­reer for some­one who loved to read and re­search ev­ery­thing as much as Karen did. Af­ter re­tire­ment, Karen and her hus­band James en­joyed hik­ing the Cape Bre­ton High­lands, and walk­ing the beaches of Mex­ico when­ever they could. She en­joyed a va­ri­ety of needle­work crafts, and her art can be found through­out her fam­ily’s homes. She al­ways en­joyed the com­pany of friends and fam­ily (par­tic­u­larly when food was in­volved), and was well loved by both. Karen adored her eight grand­chil­dren and loved to spend time with them. She will be greatly missed.

Karen is sur­vived by her hus­band of 51 years, James; her chil­dren, Chris (Shel­ley), Terry (Char­lene) and Michelle (John) Whid­den; her cher­ished grand­chil­dren, Eric, James (JT), Ian, Jes­sica, Me­gan, Dan­ica, Evan and Bre­anna; her sib­lings, Michael (Janet), Elaine and Faye; and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews.

She is pre­de­ceased by their in­fant son, Michael, and her sis­ter, Bette.

Fu­neral Mass will be held 11 a.m. on Thurs­day, Au­gust 10 at St. Mar­guerite Bour­geoys, with Fr. Duaine Dev­ereaux of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to St. Martha’s Re­gional Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion in Antigo­nish. The fam­ily would like to ex­press their sin­cere thanks to the staff at St. Martha’s for the kind­ness they re­ceived while Karen was in their care.

Words of com­fort may be made to her fam­ily by vis­it­ing,

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