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Karen P. (Ross) Newby

Born: Wed., Jul. 14, 1954
Died: Tue., Mar. 26, 2019


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Mar. 30, 2019
Location: Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 30, 2019
Location: Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)

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Karen P. Newby, 64, of Lakeville, MA, passed away Tuesday, March 26th at Brigham and Women’s Hospital after a hard fought 10-year battle with cancer. She passed in the presence of her loving husband, Newby.

Karen was born in Boston MA to loving parents William and Felicia Ross, who have both predeceased her.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Martin (Newby), two sons, Martin Jr. (MJ) and Michael & wife Vanessa, all of Lakeville, MA. Karen was also the proud and loving Grammy to grandsons, Gavin and Brayden.

She is also survived by her loving sisters, Christine Daly of Norwell, MA and Barbara Merrill of Hopkinton, MA, as well as with many nieces and nephews.

She was also the sister of the late Dianne Alford of Waltham, MA. and Grammy to the late Angel Rose.

Karen grew up in Newton, MA and attended Our Lady’s High School. After graduation she attended St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing, where she received her Diploma and licensure as a Registered Nurse. Karen had the opportunity to pursue a nursing career at St John of God Hospital. After a few years, her nursing days were interrupted by a certain sailor who came into port. Following many romantic and fun times, Karen & Newby committed to marriage and a life of adventure in 1978. Their many adventures brought them to several different ports of call until settling in Connecticut to raise their family. She was blessed to have met and maintained many long-term friendships from her many years serving as a military wife. Karen again answered her calling to help others and worked for the Griswold, CT School System as an aid in the special needs program. She was also a caring and compassionate advocate for other families trying to acquire services for their mentally challenged children. Karen and Newby made their final home in Lakeville, MA. During her years in Lakeville she worked for Gentiva Health Care. True to her nurturing nature Karen loved and cherished the many patients she cared for.

Karen was an active volunteer for the Southcoast Special Olympics where she met many amazing friends and enjoyed numerous outings and events with her son MJ.

Karen’s family was the essence of her life. She was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children MJ and Michael and embraced every moment with them. She especially cherished her time spent with Gavin & Brayden. Karen respected and continued the Polish traditions passed along to her from her mom, Phyllis and her Babcia. Karen was forever grateful to cousin Philip Rahall for the days she was able to spend with family at his home on Lake Winnipesaukee, especially during her recovery from treatment.

Karen will always be remembered for her bright and infectious smile, beautiful blue eyes and caring personality. She had a warm, welcoming nature and opened her door to anyone who needed a place to lay their head.

Karen’s presence in our lives will forever be missed.

Visitation will take place on Saturday March 30, 2019 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 AM in the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford St., Lakeville, MA 02347

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Karen to support cancer research and patient care at:  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.


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Michele Dovell
   Posted Thu March 28, 2019
Sincere condolences to family, friends and all who knew and loved Karen, she will be missed by many and remembered fondly for her beautiful blue eyes, winning smile, and beautiful spirit.
Stephen and Michele Dovell

Carol A Chamberlain
   Posted Thu March 28, 2019

TABLE BASKET was sent by Carol Chamberlain and Bob Blackstock.

   Posted Thu March 28, 2019
My deepest condolences to Karen’s family. She was a beautiful woman and was proud of her loving family. May you find comfort in all your memories during this difficult time.

Carol Blackstock Chamberlain and Bob Blackstock
   Posted Thu March 28, 2019
Our prayers and sympathy are with Karen’s family, her sisters and her cousin Philip, who she was very close with. My brother Bob and I have many happy memories of Karen spending summers in Alton Bay at the lake. She will be missed, our forever friend. May God bless you and keep you.

Janet Bevilacqua
   Posted Fri March 29, 2019
I will always remember the wonderful times we had in your Conn. home with your traditional Polish Easters, You and Newby always had your door open to all of us especially when we went to the casino and our card games in the garage after dinner. R.I.P my dear friend. You will be sadly missed by all.

Dave and Jane Evans
   Posted Fri March 29, 2019
Our sincere sympathies to you, and your family on the loss of Karen. May all your beautiful memories comfort you during this difficult time.

Donna McInnes
   Posted Fri March 29, 2019
Dear friend, your beautiful smile and happiness will be missed. We certainly had some belly laughs along the way, you always made our times together such fun. God bless you and your wonderful family, and watch over all of us. Love you to the moon and back, Donna

Emily and Bob Foley
   Posted Fri March 29, 2019
Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to you all. Karen touched so many lives with her beautiful smile and warm heart. She will be greatly missed. May you all find courage and strength in all the loving memories of her. We are forever grateful to have known her. Love and prayers.

Stephanie Reynolds
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in Jesus words at John 5:28,29. There Jesus promised a resurrection of our loved ones. This beautiful hope can sustain us during times of grief. If you would like to learn more about the resurrection hope and ways to cope with grief, please visit https://www.jw.org/finder?wtlocale=E&issue=2018-11&pub=g18&srcid=share
Please accept my condolences.

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