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Karen Lynn Cameron

May 22, 1959June 14, 2021
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Karen Lynn Cameron, 62, of Clinton Township succumbed to esophageal cancer on June 14th, 2021, surrounded by loved ones.

Karen was born to John (Jay) and Betty Ritchie on May 22, 1959. She grew up in St. Clair Shores and attended Lakeview High School, Class of 1977. She married her high school sweetheart, Wayne Cameron, in 1980. Their one and only child, Amanda, was born in 1981. Karen and Wayne divorced in 1990 but remained close over the years. Karen was later engaged to David Maynard, with whom she discovered her love and compassion for animals and began fostering, which ultimately led to her opening Bed & Biscuit Pet Lodging. While they never married, Karen and Dave remained close friends until her passing. Karen spent the last 15 years with her fiancé, Gerard (Jerry) Lemieux, who was her primary caregiver and who took extraordinary care of her throughout her battle with cancer.

Karen began her career with SMZ Advertising in the mid-1980s where she worked on several successful ad campaigns and discovered her love for Cadillacs. She has driven a Caddy ever since, even transporting dogs in luxury. She developed a passion for helping animals in the mid-1990s through volunteering and fostering and has rescued 1500+ animals in the 30 years since. She turned her love of animals into a successful business in Bed & Biscuit Pet Lodging in 1996 when she traded her suits and heels for muddy clothes and “poop shoes” and never looked back. She grew the business from the ground up and her legacy will continue through Bed & Biscuit.

Karen also had a passion for music and was known for her “toes on the stage” photos from the countless concerts she attended. She began dabbling in photography at concerts and quickly took to learning more about photography and editing as a hobby. Her skills caught the attention of many of the musicians she photographed and she even developed relationships with some famous rockers.

One of Karen’s favorite places was Metropolitan Beach where she could frequently be found walking her dogs along the water. She also loved the family cottage on Bertha Lake and was fortunate to have been able to make a few more trips there in the last year of her illness, which brought her great joy. She enjoyed the water, boating and travelling in her RV, if only around Michigan.

Karen touched countless lives, both two-legged and four-legged, throughout her life. Her passing leaves a huge hole in all our lives and she will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 17th 4 pm – 8 pm and Friday, June 18th from 1 pm – 8 pm with a service at 6 pm at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. A “going away party” will be held Saturday, June 19th at Metro Beach from 12 pm – 4 pm.

In lieu of flowers, Karen’s wish was for donations to be made to her favorite animal rescues, All About Animals Rescue (https://allaboutanimalsrescue.org/how-to-help/) and/or Detroit Pit Crew (https://detroitpitcrew.com/).

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 18, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 18, 2021

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JoAnn Hofmann

June 26, 2021

Marty and I brought all of our girls to Karen. Kasha, Keesha, Missie, Tia; and before I came into the picture, Marty was already bringing his girls before these four. We never worried about how they were treated. We knew they were in the best of hands. Karen was the best and will be missed but will always be remembered. I have no doubt she will visit the Rainbow Bridge to spend some time with our pets who have passed. I, for one, am extremely grateful for the kind, caring and loving person Karen has always been.

Elyse Trupiano

June 18, 2021

Karen had a huge heart when it came to her critters. She sacrificed everything to take care of them. Even on boat rendezvous, she was always looking out for any pet she encountered and was often vocal when she saw any misuse. We lost touch over the years but I will always be grateful for how she enriched my life.

Bonnie Schulz

June 17, 2021

Karen was truly authentic. She knew who she was and she made no apologies. She worked hard, loved harder, and never stepped back from a challenge she believed in. It was truly a joy to know her.

My heart goes out to the many people whose lives she touched. She will be greatly missed.

Julie Duca-Navarrette

June 16, 2021

There were a few reasons why I think Karen and I met. The first and main reason was Meatball. Although I think there was a higher power that led us to each other, Meatball was our conduit. After seeing the video of him being abused, I knew I needed to help him and that he was special. I reached out to Karen to ship him some goodies and we hit it off immediately. I wanted to adopt him but knew he couldn’t be adopted out of the state. Karen and I spoke on the phone all the time, and she knew how much I loved Meatball, so would always refer to him as our boy. She would text me that our boy went through another couch, or our boy ate this or that.

Next thing I knew, we were headed to Detroit over our anniversary to meet Karen, Jerry and Meatball and to volunteer with Teresa at Detroit Pit Crew.

Karen’s love of Crocs was the second reason. I work for Crocs and saw in one of her pictures with Meatball she was wearing a pair of our sandals. She always shared her “toes on the glass, toes on the stage” photos in her Crocs sandals! She had such a love of life, family, animals, Red Wings, and of course music! She had so many wonderful experiences and captured them all with her amazing photography, it was as if we were there with her.

Karen and I also shared a love of hockey even though our teams were rivals. I tried and tried, but she would never let me put an Avalanche jersey on Meatball. He could only wear the ugly red and white! While in Detroit Karen made sure we could take in game and got to experience The Joe with toes on the glass!

Although Karen is no longer on this Earth, she lives in every one of us that was lucky enough to have her in our lives.

Take care my friend, I love you, I will look for your toes on the clouds!

ANNE RITTER

June 15, 2021

Amanda, Jerry, Dave, Wayne - My heart is heavy with tremendous sadness for the loss of our dear Karen. Karen and I reconnected at one of the All Classes Reunion picnics in SCS years ago. From that point on, we remained friends. Although we sat next to each other most of our school life (because of our last names), we really did not know each other. I hope you enjoyed the silly gifs I would send almost every day; hope you smiled! (especially the monkey hug). As I texted on Friday, we'll always have Eddie Money (toes on the stage) and Rod Stewart - great concerts we shared. Thank YOU for being my friend. Go frolic with all the fur babies.

Nickolena Topping

June 14, 2021

I/we (my mother, Gloria Lemieux) would like to share our sincerest condolences to Karen's family, Jerry Lemieux, her fiancé and sons for the loss of such a wonderful person. She was a strong willed lady with a big heart. I admired her commitment to family, business and all the happy fuzzy babies she's saved. She will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace, Karen. I know you can handle this next journey with open arms and toes on the stage! We Love you.

Jill Davenport

June 14, 2021

Karen, I met you the day Brandon was born nearly 30 years ago, that day I gained a friend, and an extraordinary niece….you raised a wonderful daughter!! You save more dogs than can be counted. Most importantly you were a treasured friend to my favorite brother Dave! Your pain is now over, watch over all of us and until we meet again my friend … Godspeed.

My thoughts and prayers are with Amanda, Dave and Jerry!

Debi Ruggeri

June 14, 2021

Kiwi, Tesla and all her other fur babies were waiting for her. Going to miss her earthly presence; praying for Amanda, Jerry, Dave, Erica and the Bed and Biscuit staff to find comfort in God’s promise of eternal life. Love you, my friend

Cynthia (Cyndi) Jones

June 14, 2021

Words cannot begin to express how thankful that I am you were a big part of my life....To a dear dear friend that will be deeply missed, but will always remain in my heart...

Adnaloy Martinez

June 14, 2021

MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. MY PRAYERS ARE FOR AMANDA AND FAMILY
LOVE
ADNALOY

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Biography

Karen Lynn Cameron, 62, of Clinton Township succumbed to esophageal cancer on June 14th, 2021, surrounded by loved ones.

Karen was born to John (Jay) and Betty Ritchie on May 22, 1959. She grew up in St. Clair Shores and attended Lakeview High School, Class of 1977. She married her high school sweetheart, Wayne Cameron, in 1980. Their one and only child, Amanda, was born in 1981. Karen and Wayne divorced in 1990 but remained close over the years. Karen was later engaged to David Maynard, with whom she discovered her love and compassion for animals and began fostering, which ultimately led to her opening Bed & Biscuit Pet Lodging. While they never married, Karen and Dave remained close friends until her passing. Karen spent the last 15 years with her fiancé, Gerard (Jerry) Lemieux, who was her primary caregiver and who took extraordinary care of her throughout her battle with cancer.

Karen began her career with SMZ Advertising in the mid-1980s where she worked on several successful ad campaigns and discovered her love for Cadillacs. She has driven a Caddy ever since, even transporting dogs in luxury. She developed a passion for helping animals in the mid-1990s through volunteering and fostering and has rescued 1500+ animals in the 30 years since. She turned her love of animals into a successful business in Bed & Biscuit Pet Lodging in 1996 when she traded her suits and heels for muddy clothes and “poop shoes” and never looked back. She grew the business from the ground up and her legacy will continue through Bed & Biscuit.

Karen also had a passion for music and was known for her “toes on the stage” photos from the countless concerts she attended. She began dabbling in photography at concerts and quickly took to learning more about photography and editing as a hobby. Her skills caught the attention of many of the musicians she photographed and she even developed relationships with some famous rockers.

One of Karen’s favorite places was Metropolitan Beach where she could frequently be found walking her dogs along the water. She also loved the family cottage on Bertha Lake and was fortunate to have been able to make a few more trips there in the last year of her illness, which brought her great joy. She enjoyed the water, boating and travelling in her RV, if only around Michigan.

Karen touched countless lives, both two-legged and four-legged, throughout her life. Her passing leaves a huge hole in all our lives and she will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 17th 4 pm – 8 pm and Friday, June 18th from 1 pm – 8 pm at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. A “going away party” will be held Saturday, June 19th at Metro Beach from 12 pm – 4 pm.

In lieu of flowers, Karen’s wish was for donations to be made to her favorite animal rescues, All About Animals Rescue (https://allaboutanimalsrescue.org/how-to-help/) and/or Detroit Pit Crew (https://detroitpitcrew.com/).