Karen C. Dickey, 58, of Cushing, formerly of Warren, died Dec. 9, 2009, at her home following a courageous battle with leukemia. Mrs. Dickey had successfully beaten lung cancer, and was the longest post-diagnosed survivor of lymbic encephalitis.

She was born June 9, 1951, in Gloucester, Mass., a daughter of Lennart Oscar and Ilona Wilhemina (Putansuu) Johnson.

Mrs. Dickey was a graduate of Gloucester High School, a member of the class of 1972.
On Nov. 20, 1993, she married Herman E. Dickey in Cushing.

Over the years she worked in Exeter, N.H. area schools in the cafeteria, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health Care in Newavom, N.H., and ran a home day care. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Kensington, N.H.

Mrs. Dickey loved children, tending her gardens and raising animals. In 1986, she moved her family from New Hampshire to Cushing where they purchased the old Spear farm which she lovingly referred to as “the house on the hill.”  Her heart and home were always open to friends and family. She often offered a safe, loving haven to friends in need, of all ages.

She loved her family and often referred to them as “yours, mine and the extras.”  She enjoyed knitting baby blankets for every new addition to the family. She loved the ocean, being on a boat or just sitting near it and enjoying the sounds and smells. She loved to travel and made each trip a new adventure.

She had a great sense of humor, always cracking a joke or making people laugh. She had a way of finding and making others appreciate the joys in life. She was also very stubborn. She was honest and did not hesitate to let anyone know what she was thinking. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Mrs. Dickey was predeceased by her father in 2009, and a son, James Dickey in 1995. 

In addition to her mother of Kensington, N.H., and her loving husband of more than 16 years of Cushing, Mrs. Dickey is survived by two daughters, Paula Byrnes and her husband, Robert Lawson of Cushing and Carol Fulmine and her husband, Gene of Pembroke, Mass.; four sons, Steve Byrnes Jr. and his wife, Cathy of Newport, N.C., Brian Soiett of Cushing, Robert Soiett and his fiance, Melissa Walden of Warren and Thomas Dickey and his wife, Wendy of Laconia, N.H.; an adopted son, E. Dennis Killeran and his wife, Jessica of Cushing; a brother, Butchie Johnson and his wife, Bonnie of Gloucester, Mass.; three sisters, Rosanne Robinson and her husband, Lee of Warren, Alice Cazemiro and her husband, John of Kensington, N.H., and Ramona Houston and her husband, Scott of Oakland, Calif.; an “extra” son, Matt Knutson and his wife, Lianne; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandson; many much loved nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; two previous husbands, with whom she remained close friends, Stephen Byrnes Sr. and Blair Soiett; and her dog, Boogie.

A service to celebrate Mrs. Dickey’s life will be announced in the spring. Arrangements are with the Smeltzer Family Cremation and Funeral Service in Waldoboro.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Dickey’s memory to the Bob Gagnon Cancer Fund, c/o Northeast Health, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841.