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Karen Jean Brown

Beloved sister, aunt and friend;   

With profound sadness we announce our beloved sister has slipped peacefully away to be reunited with our parents Thelma (Champlin) Brown and Joseph Brown. She passed away on Wednesday evening September 11, 2019 after a ten year battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Karen attended Lowell schools and graduated from Lowell High School in the class of 1975.

In a career which spanned for over 40 years, Karen worked for the Raytheon Corporation when she began at the Lowell location and then later transferred to the Andover offices when the South Lowell plant closed its doors until her retirement in 2017.

A very proud member of the IBEW Local 1505 Union, Raytheon was like her second home, as she had a multitude of close friends who supported her tremendously during her battle with cancer over ten years.

An avid Boston sports fan, particularly for the Sox and Pats, Karen never missed watching a single, solitary Red Sox or Patriots game.

Second to her deep love of Boston sports, Karen truly loved going to the beach. Two years ago she found her “happy place” and decided to purchase a home in Seabrook, NH. She loved to travel and was a voracious reader.

Karen is survived by two sisters, Colleen Gagnon of Manchester, NH and Lynne (Brown-Zounes) Cote and her husband Ron of Catalina, AZ; her former brothers-in-law Scott McGrath and Billy Zounes both of Lowell; her niece Jaime Dillon and her husband Michael of Worcester and their children Hailey, Taylor DaSilva and Aidan Dillon; her nephew Jason McGrath and his wife Connie of Oro Valle, AZ and their children Serene Wagner and Paige McGrath as well as many aunts, uncles with great memories of fun times with them and their cousins.

Karen also enjoyed the time she spent with her many childhood friends including Cindy and Kevin Perrault, Eileen and Michael Gauthier, Darlene Ryan, Scott Keeley and her second family at Raytheon Corporation.

 She was the sister in law of the late Paul Gagnon.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL Saturday morning from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. followed by her Funeral Service to be celebrated in the Funeral Home at 11:30 A.M. Her Committal Services will be private for the family at a later date. E-Condolences may be made at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to St. Jude’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38101. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr..   


Condolences (9)
  • Kathy farmer doucette
    Always a smile will be missed
  • Linda Brown Garthe
    Colleen I am so sorry to hear about Karen.May she rest in peace.
  • Kevin Ryan
    Growing up you were a fighter for anyone who needed you by there side. You had a way of making everyone in your presence smile that in itself made you a delight to be around. You will be missed.
  • Kevin and Lori Benoit
    You will surely be missed. RIP
  • Mary Mahoney Streeter
    To Karen’s Family, I am so sorry to hear about Karen. I have a lot of great memories of hanging with Karen. We rented a beach house together, were roommates in Lowell, and hung at the park. I just loved her. She was a blast to be around. Always up for anything. You are all in my prayers. The world lost a good person. Mary Mahoney Streeter
  • Steven Socia  - Karen brown
    Your in heaven now you can rest, you were a nice person and a tenacious fighter! Rip , Steve
  • Mr & Mrs. Richard Vivier  - Our deepest sympathy
    We are so glad to have met Karen. She was a lovely lady and she will be missed by all who knew her. Our deepest condolences to Lynn, Ron and all of Lynn’s family and friends. May God give Karen eternal rest and may He comfort her family. With love Richard and Maria
  • Scott mcgrath
    Everybody loved Karen And Karen loved everybody She wasn’t shy about showing her love and how much she cared for family and friends And she was a tough old cookie ,she would stand up for what she believed in and go toe to toe with anybody But in the end she would hug it out and everything would be OK She would always go out of her way to ask ,how you were ,what was going on in your life ,how your parents were ,how’s your children ,how your job is going,etc. She cared and she show that By showing her interest in you and not just talking about herself. Her battle for the past number of years show at how tough and strong she was she never gave in ,she never gave up . She always thought there was hope and that somehow she would get to the other side of this and everything would be OK That is the definition of a strong woman . We will miss her Big smile and big heart . Karen , I know your believe in God and you prayed every day And now you’re sitting at the table with God and your parents,Joe and Thelma and you are at peace and no pain ,no fear Surrounded by love We love you Karen ❤️ Love Scott
  • Brian conleu  - Courage
    The courage you displayed over the last 10 years was remarkable and a lesson for us all. You lived your life, never complaining, fighting through it and not letting it stop you. I can only hope I have the same courage you showed us all, .. Love Brian
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