Devoted grandmother, mother, partner, sister and friend, Karen passed away
peacefully on January 5, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Toronto, at the age of 79.
Karen was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan on November 23, 1942 to Ida and
Hugh Ferguson. Growing up on the Ferguson family farm in Rocanville, she
enjoyed telling stories of life before electricity and sleigh rides to school in the
dead of winter. An excellent student, she graduated at the top of her class, earning a
scholarship to the University of Saskatchewan where she received her Bachelor of
Commerce degree. Before returning to the university to teach, she would become a
Chartered Accountant, one of the first women in Canada to do so.
Raising her two boys in Toronto, Karen enjoyed travelling, theatre, staying
organized and keeping up on current events. She loved a house full of family but
also enjoyed time alone, often speaking fondly of the solitude of long days picking
raspberries on the farm. She loved to laugh but saved her biggest smiles for stories
from her grandchildren.
Despite her interests and professional success, Karen gave much of her energy in
support of friends and family. There was always a bed for visiting family, a meal
for her children’s friends, and a shoulder for anyone having a bad day. She was a
source of comfort to all, in good times and bad. Karen was the rock on which
many lives were built.
Predeceased by her husband Michael, Karen will be dearly missed by her partner
and loving friend David; her sons Matthew and Stephen (Anita); grandchildren
Michael, Kennedy, Bobby and Mika; as well as her brothers Stewart (Diana) and
Due to the present restrictions, a private family service will be held.
To watch the service please use the link provided.
For those who wish to make a donation in her memory, please consider Evangel
Hall (www.evangelhall.ca) or the Haliburton Highlands Health Services
Foundation (www.hhhs.ca/foundation or 705-457-1580)