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Karen Crossley

Karen Crossley

Sunday, February 24th, 1963 Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

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Obituary for Karen Louise Crossley

Karen Crossley, 57, passed away in her sleep July 28, 2020.

A talented and prolific writer, she had recently retired, due to increasing health issues, from her position of Communications Officer at Canada Revenue Agency, where she was employed since 2002.

Karen was a lifelong learner, achieving her BA in English and History from the University of Winnipeg, a Creative Communications diploma in Journalism from Red River Community College, and her master's degree in English Literature from the University of Manitoba, beginning studies toward a PhD shortly thereafter.

She loved both drama and travel from an early age; interests that she pursued for her own enjoyment, and professionally, as a freelance journalist and features writer for The Winnipeg Sun, and a freelance writer for numerous arts and entertainment programs and publications.
She had an abiding passion for horses, in the flesh, in literature and as collectible models and figurines. She volunteered with the Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association; was an avid fan of equestrian events, competitions, and novels; wrote her master's thesis on the children's literature classic, Black Beauty; was well regarded in the horse collecting world, known throughout Canada and the US; and most recently, created a blog, Dust Ponies, for fellow aficionados of Breyer Club model horses and other related collectibles.

Karen was pre-deceased by her father, Robert Crossley, in 2009, and is mourned by her mother, June, brother, Gordon, and sister, Kim, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Cremation has taken place, and there will be a private family service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association, or the Winnipeg Humane Society.

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Darena Snowe

Kim, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. No words can help ease the pain. Let her live on in your memory, but for now, grieve, grieve anyway you need to.
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Beth Sutherland

My deepest condolances to Karen’s family. Karen was one of my two bestest friends throughout elementary school. She and I spent every recess chasing each other in mouse 🐭 or bear 🐻 or raccoon 🦝 form. We joined Pioneer Girls together, as well as many of our classmates. We shared many adventures guided by our beloved Ginger (who was also our grade 3 teacher when incognito). We had a love of pretend and it kept us involved in theatre & choir thru to the end of our school years. Although we took different paths after that, I have always cherished the memory of those two little animals in snowsuits chasing each other in -40 Winnipeg. Here is a pic of that little animal 🐯 and friends with Ginger. Karen was a very special and delicate soul and I wish her peace 💕
Comment | Posted at 11:42pm via Condolence

Vern Thiessen

I am so sorry to hear about this. My condolences to her family and all who knew and loved her
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