Karen Frances Nancekivell (née Baigent) of Kincardine died peacefully at her home, Sunday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2020, surrounded by her immediate family. She was 77. Deeply missed by her husband and closest companion, Jack, for more than 56 years; and her family: daughter, Susan Perrier and husband Randy, along with their children, Rhiannon and Conor; and son, Greg Nancekivell and his wife Nancy, along with their children, Tomas and Sophie. Karen will also be missed by her nieces, Jennifer, Janis and Jodi, and their families. Born Dec. 12, 1942, at Woodstock General Hospital, Karen was the daughter of Bill and Gladys (née Fairservice) Baigent. She was raised on a farm near Thamesford, attended Dickson Corners Public School and later Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute. Karen graduated from the Victoria School of Nursing in London as a Registered Nurse in 1963. She worked in the obstetrics department at Victoria Hospital until her marriage to Jack, April 11, 1964. After their marriage, Karen and Jack lived in Oakville where she worked part-time at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital. After the birth of their children, Karen worked for a period of time providing private home nursing. The family moved to Kincardine in June, 1977, where Karen was the primary homemaker and started volunteering in the community for charity organizations, as well as working in the family-operated business, Mahood Lumber Company. Two of the most important organizations in her life, were the Kincardine Hospital Auxiliary and the Kincardine United Church. Karen was an active member of the church choir for more than 40 years and dearly loved everyone in the group. She also served for many years as the catering co-ordinator until her health denied her that enjoyment. Participation in the hospital auxiliary always brought her joy, particularly her fellowship with the auxiliary members, as well as the fun times that she treasured working in the hospital gift shop. The highlight of her hospital auxiliary experience, was receiving a Provincial Life Membership in the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario (HAAO) at Toronto in 2017. Karen’s life was one of selfless giving to her family, her friends and her community. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her brother, Barry Baigent. An open casket processional (visitation) will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, beginning at 2 p.m., at Kincardine United Church.
Due to provincial restrictions, please register to attend the visitation by calling the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, at 519-396-2701 or using the following link: signup.com/go/SzzXXWN. Karen will rest with the family at the Zion Hill/7th Line Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Kincardine United Church or the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation, would be greatly appreciated as a celebration of Karen’s life; arrangements entrusted to the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home; www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com/.