Karen E. Ballou

Date of Passing:

October 6, 2018

Karen Elizabeth Ballou, 59, formerly of Riverside, Rhode Island, died peacefully surrounded by family at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, ME, after a brief illness.

Karen, daughter of the late William A. Feeney, Sr., and Veronica (Saunders) Feeney, was born in Providence, Rhode Island on June 23, 1959.

On May 14, 1983, Karen married her childhood sweetheart, Richard D. Ballou, Jr., (Rick) of Riverside, Rhode Island at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church.

Karen was employed with the Department of Labor for the State of Rhode Island and then went on to own and operate a successful in-home day care.

In 2000, Karen and Rick relocated their family to Lincolnville, Maine. Karen has been employed for over ten years at the Cotton Garden located in Camden and has been serving as store manager for the past few years.

Karen is survived by husband, Rick, of 35 years; daughters Nicole E. Ballou and fiancé, Michael Grace of Lincolnville and Stephanie L. Ballou and boyfriend, Julian Pharr of San Francisco, California; two grandchildren, Aiden and Aubree Grace; her mother-in-law, Patricia Ballou, Lincolnville, Maine; three brothers, William A. Feeney, Jr. and wife, Maria Botelho of Barrington, Rhode Island; Paul T. Feeney and wife, Stacey A. Feeney; Kevin M. Feeney (E.P.P.D) and wife, Lori Ann Feeney; and sister, Maureen Feeney-Beaudoin, all of Riverside, Rhode Island; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Karen was predeceased by her father-in-law, Richard Ballou Sr., and her infant sister, Ann Feeney.

Karen embraced life with her family and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and extended family.

Calling hours will be Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5-8pm at the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside, Rhode Island 02915.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Brendan Church, 60 Turner Avenue, Riverside, Rhode Island at 10:00 am on Friday, October 12, 2018. Burial will follow at Springvale Cemetery in Rumford, Rhode Island.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Lincolnville, Maine with a date and time to be announced for all who could not travel to Rhode Island, so we can celebrate the beautiful life of our beloved Karen (Mom).

In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Karen’s name to the Maine Cancer Foundation would be deeply appreciated at: online directly to mainecancer.org or mail to: Maine Cancer Foundation, 170 US-1 3250, Falmouth, ME 04105 Phone (207)773-2533

Online Condolences


  1. I am so saddened by the loss of Karen and your Mom. Karen always had a smile on her face and would send me messages of encouragement during my recovery. She will be missed by all..

  2. To the Feeney and Ballou families,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Karen was a great cousin growing up. She was always fun to be around and a kind hearted person. I have many fond memories of our times together as kids. Another angel to watch over you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. The the Ballou and Feeney Families
    I’m so sorry to hear about Karen’s passing. I send my condolences. You will all be in my 5oughts and prayers.

  4. Kevin and Paul I am very sorry for your loss my deepest condolences my prayers are with you and your family

    Ken & Kristi Vieira

  5. Maureen, so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. My sympathy to you and your family.

  6. So sorry for the family on the loss of Karen. She was loved by the Riverside and St. Brendan community. I know all the choir members in heaven have welcomed her with open arms as well as her parents and sister. May she RIP. Prayers.

  7. Sorry for your great loss. You have, however, an angel looking down on you and watching over you all. What a very special lady! Our condolences to Rick, Nicole, Stephanie, to Maureen and brothers and to all. We will continue to treasure our memories of the years we spent with Karen and Maureen at OLF HS. Sincerely, The Sisters of St. Dorothy

  8. To the entire Feeney family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Karen was a wonderful person, i have great memories of her when i was in the junior choir at St. Brendan’s….RIP my friend ❤

  9. So sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace. Don and Pat Mailhot

  10. Nicole & Stephanie,
    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I met your mom at St. Brendans my first year teaching and what wonderful memories I have of her. We had so many laughs and great times together. I will always think of her as part of my St. Brendan’s Family❤❤

  11. To the Feeney Family ,
    I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with her .
    Detective Arthur Clark (Ret.) EPPD

  12. Dear Nicole and Stephanie, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a wonderful person. She helped make my time teaching at St. Brendan so full of amazing memories. My heart is crying. May all the people your mom touch with such love help fill you both with comfort. God’s Blessings.
    Love, Mrs Mary Sylvia

  13. Dear Kevin, Lori & Feeney Family,
    Our most heartfelt condolences go out to all of you on the loss of your loved one. Thoughts and prayers for all.

    Lorraine & David Currie

  14. To all: We are so sorry to hear about Karen. My heart is broken. She was a very special person. I will never forget her kindness to Gary Jr from the days of St Brendan’s straight thru adulthood. I will miss those Christmas Eve masses just to get a quick hello. She is definitely an angel looking down. May you have comfort in knowing Karen is at peace.

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