Rev. Karen Margaret (Hill) Pearce

October 25, 1942January 5, 2021

Age 78, passed away in Dartmouth after a lengthy battle with Parkinsons Disease.

She was born in Dartmouth to Guy and Jean (Meagher) Hill. Karen graduated the VG School of Nursing in 1965. She worked a number of years in Nursing before taking time to raise her family.

Karen made many contributions to volunteer communities during her life, including many years dedicated to La Leche League. Karen was an Amateur Radio Operator, VE1KHP. She was a member of St Matthews United Church for many decades where she especially enjoyed being a member of the choir.

Later in life, she returned to school to complete her Masters of Divinity. She finished her internship in Avonlea, SK before being ordained as a Minister in the United Church in 2004. She served as Minister to the pastoral charge of St. Croix and Ellershouse, NS, where she felt a strong connection with the congregations.

Karen was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, John, and sister Margery (Ken). She is survived by her sister, Dorothy (Gordon); sons, Ian (Maria) and Lorne (Laura); grandchildren, Stella and Owen; numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Parkinsons Society of Canada. A Celebration of life will follow at a later date.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Rev. Karen Margaret (Hill) Pearce

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Brenda Young

February 19, 2021

Loren, Ian and families
The loss of your mother has touched many lives. Rev Karen was an individual who lived her faith and it touched everyone she met. She will be missed.

Karen Lynch

January 16, 2021

Karen was a friend of mine from high school days in Dartmouth.
We renewed our friendship in later years, as I reconnected with her at Maritime Conference, singing together with her and John in the choir there. When she was ordained and moved to St. Croix, I was so glad to be living in the area and able to spend time with her again. She was a wonderful minister and very much loved by her congregations.
I know these last years have been very difficult for both her and the family. May she and John rest in peace together. Prayers for comfort and peace also for all her family . May your memories of her love for you bring strength and comfort.

Rev. Karen Lynch

Margaret Sagar

January 15, 2021

My sincere condolences to you on the death of Karen. I am grateful for her attentive care for my husband and me when we began to worship at St Matthew's and for witnessing her courage and endurance as she suffered Parkinson's. May God hold you and her along with John in loving embrace. May you find comfort and peace in the days ahead. May God bless you and keep you.

Jack& Donna Spencer

January 13, 2021

Lorne - Donna & I want to pass on our sympathy to you and your family in the death of your mother. I recall working with her when she was a candidate and appreciated the time we shared. Peace and blessings to all
Donna & Jack Spencer

Karen Whyte

January 12, 2021

My sympathy to Ian, Lorne, Dorothy and families. Karen was a nursing classmate and friend and I have many good memories of her.
Karen's grounded nature was enhanced by her fun sense of humour and a kind concern for others.

Gloria Sorge

January 12, 2021

It was with great sadness that I read the news of Karen’s death. Although, I never worked with Karen - our last names being at opposite ends of the alphabet - I remember her cheery nature and always being greeted with a smile. But I especially remember that at all of our reunions, Karen would show up in her Probie uniform - always the proud nurse.
We will feel her loss whenever we are able to meet again
My sincere sympathy to her family.

(Rev) Judith Borland/Oliver

January 12, 2021

So sorry to hear this news - Karen was such a spontaneous and lively person! Rest in God’s good love, my nursing sister. ✝️❤️
And peace to your family.
Judy Oliver

una Hingston

January 12, 2021

I remember Karen in our younger days, particularly when she visited Our Uncle Cecil and Aunt Ina in Oyster Pond. Please accept my condolences Una (Mitchell)Hingston

Jennifer Peddlesden

January 11, 2021

I have such great memories of working alongside Karen in La Leche League Canada. She was Area Coordinator for Atlantic Canada at that time. We had a number of meetings and here is a photo of one from Sept 1991, Karen in centre, red blazer. And she gave me a love coaster with the NS national flower and I still use that and remember her fondly.

Douglas Donovan

January 11, 2021

My condolence to Karen family . I had the pleasure working with Karen in the operating room at the Victoria General Hospital . As a new graduated she was a great role model and took her role seriously, as well dedicated to her profession. RIP Karen