She was born in Oak Bluffs in January 1950. She attended Edgartown Elementary School until the second grade when she moved to Tisbury and attended the Tisbury Elementary School. She graduated from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, class of 1968. After graduating, she went to Connecticut for a couple of years and then to Boynton Beach, Fl., for nine years. She returned to the Vineyard in 1981, and married David Berube in 1982. They recently celebrated their 31st anniversary.
Karen started working at 14 years old as a waitress in the Tisbury bowling alley. She waitressed throughout her life at many Island restaurants, such as The Home Port, Square Rigger, and the Beach Plum Inn. Karen rarely worked one job at a time. While waitressing she also did scalloping, clamming, was a home health aid, and delivered newspapers. She had a strong work ethic and took pride in doing every job well.
Karen was one of those rare individuals who genuinely cared about others. She was always smiling and upbeat. If she knew that you were in need she would find a way to help. She loved giving gifts and would lavishly shower gifts on friends and family. She never hesitated to make a new friend. She was one of the most loyal friends anyone could have even if you had not seen each other for many years.
Karen was a caring aunt and a surrogate mother to all of her many nieces and nephews. She and David raised their nephew, Scott, as their son. Karen’s generosity did not stop with people. She was equally loyal and generous to her many animals.
She had many varied interests. She was active in the AA program, working as manager of one of the Vineyard Houses. She enjoyed playing tennis, going to the beach and swimming, shopping for a bargain, and spending time with friends.
She was predeceased by her father, Albert Allen Jr.; her mother, Eileen Blankenship Allen; her brother-in-law, Robert Kennan, and his sons, Ronald, William, and Eric; and her niece, Brenda Dube. She is survived by her husband, David; nephew, Scott; sisters, Judy Kennan and Joyce Allen; brothers, Robert Allen and Albert (Buddy) Allen III; aunts, Agnes Luce, Roberta Morgan, and her husband, Jim, and Elizabeth Allen; her uncle, Hector Asselin; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, her dog, Bella, and cats Popcorn, Butterfly, Lizbug, and Noah.
A funeral service was held at Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs on December 21, officiated by Pastor Rich Rego. Burial followed at the New West Side Cemetery in Edgartown.
For anyone who would like to make a donation in Karen’s memory, the family has requested these three organizations: Hope Health Hospice, P.O. Box 4188, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; Vineyard House, P.O. Box 4599, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group, P.O. Box 2214, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.