Beloved wife, mother, friend, and purveyor of pies
  • 64 years old
  • Born on February 2, 1954 in Leominster, Massachusetts, United States.
  • Passed away on September 15, 2018 in Lowell, Massachusetts, United States.

Diane Beaudoin Karr, 64, of Pepperell, MA, died Saturday, September 15, in Lowell, MA, surrounded by loved ones after a long battle with cancer. Born in Leominster, February 2, 1954, to the late Armand and Mary Florence (Jacques) Beaudoin, Diane is best known for her warm, welcoming spirit, offering love, compassion, and pie to everyone lucky enough to meet her. She graduated with a BS sumna cum laude in Education from Boston University, where she met Ron, her husband of 44 years. Together they ran Branch Line Press out of their home in Pepperell and published a number of books on the history of New England. She served for five years as an elected member of the North Middlesex Regional School Committee, and for more than 30 years has been an election official in Pepperell. She volunteered as USDA food coordinator for PACH Outreach food pantry but was equally happy working in her garden, embroidering crazy quilts, or traveling the world. 

Diane is survived by her husband Ronald Karr; her three children, Emilie Karr, Matthew Karr, and Jeannine Karr of Bellevue, WA; her mother Mary Florence Beaudoin, of Ellsworth, ME; her brothers Andre Beaudoin, of Hot Springs, AR, Henry Beaudoin, of Trenton, ME, and Paul Beaudoin, of Seymour, CT; and several nieces and nephews and many cousins; as well as everyone she welcomed into her heart and family.

Visiting hours are on Friday, Sept 21 from 5-7pm at McGaffigan Funeral Home

A memorial celebration of her life will be Sunday, Sept 23 from 2-4pm at Cathedral of the Pines.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to PACH Outreach or your local food pantry. 

Posted by Tami Moody on February 4, 2019
Happy birthday in heaven you are loved and missed. Love Tami
Posted by Anthony Person on November 29, 2018
To the Karr Family,
'm deeply saddened by the loss of Diane B. Karr while I've never met her in person I did receive a warm letter from her and Ronald on behalf of the railroad books they published together as I'm a avid fan of Ronald's. It was her kind words that kept me wanting to learn more from her husband and she has done outstanding work in the books they've published I have all of them too. My condolences to your family may her legacy and spirit live on.
Posted by Carla Niederhofer on October 1, 2018
Please know I'm thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Robert Limdsell on September 27, 2018
You were a true friend to a stranger
Posted by Tami Moody on September 25, 2018
Dearest Karr Family,
I met Diane when I was 18. She loved me like a sister all 38 of those years. It was my honor to be a small part of her life. She is and always will be a shining star in our memories.
Tami Moody and family.
Posted by Eileen Larry on September 23, 2018
My friend. I thank the Lord for giving me a good friend for almost 20 years. Diane, you will be missed by all. Love, Eileen
Posted by Todd Kwapien on September 20, 2018
Paul and Family,
   Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your sister. There are no words that can take away the pain of losing a loved one, just know that she is at peace now in the arms of the lord. She obviously touched the hearts of many and will be deeply missed but she will always be with you in spirit until you are reunited in eternity. Thoughts & Prayers to you all during this difficult time
Deepest sympathies
The Kwapien Family
Posted by Bruce Newell on September 19, 2018
Diane will always have a special place in my heart.

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