Karen Francis Ruth Wickwire

Passed 04/10/2021

Obituary For Karen Francis Ruth Wickwire

Karen Francis Ruth Wickwire née O’Connor died April 10, 2021 at the age of 73 at Victoria
General Hospital surrounded by her children. She was the daughter of James Michael O’Connor and Christina O’Connor (née Connolly). She was born in Halifax. Karen is survived by her four children: Paul (Maureen), Elizabeth (Andrew), Rebecca, and Sarah. She will be remembered by her grandchildren, Mary (children, Lilah, Austin, Logan, and Violet), Matthew (Ashley), Andrew, Amanda (Ryan, child Lincoln), Christina, and Jared, as well as
Jonah and Simon (father, Liam King). Also surviving are her brothers, Jim O’Connor (Jelka),
David O’Connor (Paulette), and sister Juliana Parsons (Donald) as well as her sisters-in-law,
Athol Francis (David), Donna Jordan (Warren), Dorothy Lavergne, and brother-in-law, Chris Wickwire, and many nieces and nephews. Karen was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 29 years Stanley Edward Wickwire (1998), her sister Janet Bent, and sister-in-law Wendy Neaves.
Karen graduated from St. Patrick’s High and Mt. St. Vincent University. She went on to teach 17 years with the Halifax School Board, taking many years off to raise her four children, retiring from teaching in 2008. Choral singing was a big part of Karen’s life. While living in Québec she belonged to the St. Lambert Choral Society and Choeur Classique de Montréal but spent 34 years with her beloved Chebucto Community Singers in Halifax. Karen was a founding member of Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in Hammonds Plains. Her faith in her Saviour, Jesus Christ, and her family were the most important things in her life. Karen’s special place was the Northwest Arm where she spent her childhood summers at St. Mary’s Boat Club, and she particularly loved the Dingle. Favourite scriptures: 1 Thessalonians
4:16-18, John 14:1-7. Cremation has taken place. Invitation-only service with Rev. Denn Guptill presiding, April 26, 1pm. Livestream at Online condolences may be shared by visiting

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  • There is a large hole in the hearts of the Chebucto Community Singers. Karen will be deeply missed. Sincere condolences to her family and friends.

  • Andrea and I enjoyed Karen's warm smile and big hugs at church over the years. Karen was kind and welcoming to us when we began attending Cornerstone where she had attended for 26 years. Her kindness and generosity to one patron in particular was inspirational and expressed her great faithfulness to humanity, and the Lord, that she so loved. Our sympathies and prayers to all who will miss Karen. Jim & Andrea Beckingham

  • I am so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. She made me feel so welcome when I joined Chebucto Community Singers and helped me find my singing confidence. I looked forward to seeing her every week. Please accept my condolences. Janet Bardon

  • The last time I saw Karen ( and Janet ) was at the 50th Anniversary Reunion dance at St. Pat's High in Halifax. Until now, I didn't know how much she had influenced those around her. What a loss. My heartfelt condolences to cousins Juliana, Jimmie and David. Reggie Jones

  • It is with sadness that we learned of Karen's passing. We have so many wonderful memories of our university years together. Karen was intelligent, caring, witty and always smiling. We kept in touch in the years following and always enjoyed the occasions when we were able to get together. How she loved her family! Our sincerest sympathy to all. Lorraine & Don

  • We were so sorry to read of Karen's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Dave & Sheila (Connolly) Crummell

  • Karen, you and your brood walked into our small Baptist Church in St. Lambert Quebec in the mid 80's and our lives were never the same. Deep, endearing and eternal friendship grew and the warmth and depth of your love is warm in my heart and will always be there. You were such a strength, and showed me how to love Jesus in flesh and blood, not just in my spirit. Our biennial visits with you, Christine, Lynne and myself are ever present in my favourite memories of you... that and of course you and Christine belting out Roy Orbeson tunes on my front balcony at our "Annual Ladies Dinner"s. You are profoundly missed, but I am sure you are singing on high. inners

  • Dear Paul and Maureen, Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of you mother/mother-in-law. Condolences to you and all of her family. Raye and Eileen

  • Sending healing light to all of Karen's family. I lived on Liverpool Street around the corner. We went to school together from primary and both ended up teaching. Lost touch as the years passed yet when ever we bumped into each other, it was like no time had passed. She is free from suffering. Many of us are left with precious memories of love and kindness.

  • Karen was my grade five Teacher in 1967. I remember how good she made me feel as a student. Rest in Peace Karen!!xox

  • It is difficult to find the words that say just what I feel. Karen was a very special person. She truly cared about people. I have known her for over 30 years. Karen will be forever remembered and forever missed. My thoughts are with you all as you face the days ahead. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  • On behalf of her sister Juliana and her brothers Jim and myself David we would like to send our sincere condolences to Paul,Elizabeth,Rebecca,Sarah and families.You leave a hole in our hearts dear sister but you suffer no more.We have such wonderful and warm memories to always have in our hearts to sustain us.What a beautiful soul you were.Love from your brother David

  • I worked with Karen, a very competent teacher, at Holly Drive School. Some years later, as principal of Chebucto Heights School, I welcomed Karen as a volunteer who established and coordinated a Parent Volunteer Program during our inaugural year as an open area school. Her care and competence launched a program that grew to the inclusion of over 40 parents a day assisting teachers in the classrooms. Both Karen and Stan became family friends and Gail and I extend our sincere conlolences to the family.

  • Karen was a wonderful person! So generous, caring an compassionate. You will be missed by so many people - you touch the hearts of so many! Much love from me and the girls!

  • So sorry to hear of Karen's passing. She was a friend and fellow teacher. I have known the family for a long time and was best friends with her sister Janet. I always enjoyed my encounters with Karen. She was a great conversationalist. She especially loved all her little ones. Karen will be greatly missed by all.

  • Sincere sympathy to all as we so remember the Wickwire name from the years we were all part of Mulgrave Park Baptist Church. Betty (Miller) Harnish

  • Karen was a loving, welcoming, all-embracing soul. As a friend of her daughter, Rebecca, Karen's home was one full of music, trinkets, the best snacks, and much love. Her warm hugs and kind smile will be remembered affectionately.

  • I was so saddened to hear about Karen. We were school mates then didn't see each other for over 30 years. We both sang in the glee club at school then joined up again in the Chebucto Choir.Karen was never without a smile , always such a pleasure to be around. she will be missed by many, my thought are with her family, Nancy Pike

  • I taught with Karen for years at Duc d'Anville elementary. She was a kind, humorous and very intelligent friend. Karen was a mentor and a guide to me. I am dedicating my teaching day with my 27 students to her memory. Teachers never die. Karen's spirit lives on through me now.

  • Karen was a light and a prayer warrior -- a friend to many who will be dearly missed. Keeping you all in our prayers. Patrick & Heather Stubbert

  • Karen will be missed by seniors dinners. She was always laughing and hugging.

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