Karen Joan Raven (nee Small)

June 9, 1934 - February 24, 2023

Funeral Details: A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

“Her family and friends meant the world to her and she cherished every moment spent with them.”

Born in Midland, Ontario, and passed away in Barrie, Ontario on February 24, 2023 at the age of 88.  Predeceased by her parents Myrtle and Jack Small, her loving husband Stan, stepchildren Candus and Randy.  Karen will be sadly missed by daughter-in-law Donna Brown (Ken), granddaughters Brandy Bruce (Steve), Robin Wrobel, Raegan Reigate, 6 great-grandchildren, niece Gail Robinson and her children and grandchildren, cousins and very good friend Lynn Benham.  She went to school at Regent Street Central; worked with her Mom at Bell; gave instructions on how to use your new dial phone; and sang at St. Mark’s Church with her Dad.  Lived in the home she built in Guthrie, with Stan for 50 years.  Enjoyed volunteering for Children’s Aid Society and Royal Victoria Hospital; being out with the Guthrie Guild, Bell Pioneer’s and the Probus clubs.  Travelled many miles and saw many exciting things with Hamilton Tours after Stan passed, then adjusted to apartment living.  A Celebration of Life will be held in the summer, information will be posted at a late date.  Online memories and condolences may be shared at www.peacefultransition.ca

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4 Condolences
  • Judy Wilson
    Posted on: Thursday, March 2, 2023 Reply

    We were first cousins but I saw you as an older sister. Spent night in hospital when Stan passed. You introduced me to Rama machines….so many laughs and shows with sister-in-law Pat. Our yearly trips to musicals in Stratford. When I turned 65, we began 5 years of adventure in Florida. You even got me to join Probus! Our family gatherings every year when cousin Joan would come from California.
    Your later years were mainly at home in your apt but weekly calls and visits kept us completely in touch.
    I will miss you greatly. Love,

  • Shirley Knapp
    Posted on: Thursday, March 2, 2023 Reply

    Karen was a wonderful person. She was full of fun and a great friend She will be missed by many people far and wide. Just mention it is card night and she would be off and running to the social room of our apartment building. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Judy Hawkins
    Posted on: Thursday, March 2, 2023 Reply

    Just a lovely person… she was always for joyful.. I remember her coming into my Dad’s business and she always would be so engagingin a conversation and get a chuckle or two in with him.. A real gem.. My condolences to the family…

  • Victoria Bradford
    Posted on: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 Reply

    I only met Karen recently but totally enjoyed her company. She was a very friendly and kind person!

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