Karen Leonard Gifford

Karen Leonard Gifford, 69, of Wareham, died Thursday, May 23, 2013, after a long illness. She died at Tobey Hospital with her son by her side.

She was born in Summit, New Jersey. She was a graduate of Catherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston, MA. She lived in Orleans, MA, and moved to Marion, MA in 1962. She was an animal lover, and spent many happy times with her dogs. She enjoyed knitting and sewing. She loved spending time with her many grandchildren.

Survivors include her brother, Reese Leonard, of Michigan; two sons, Richard Bessom of Vermont, and James Gifford of Wareham; two stepsons, Robert Gifford of Wareham, Richard Gifford of Wareham; three stepdaughters, Andrea Wetmore of Florida, Diane Perkins of Marion, and Carla Cote of Maine; 14 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy, Wareham, MA, on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.

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