Karen Smith

Karen B Smith

Tuesday, May 28th, 1963 - Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
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Karen Bostley Smith, 56, of Duxbury, passed away on May 27, 2020.

She was born to Paul Bostley and the late Alice Roy on May 28, 1963, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Karen graduated from Marblehead High School, Fisher College, and Massasoit Community College.

She married John Smith in 1987, and they lived together in Duxbury for thirty years. Karen is survived by her loving husband, John, and her three children: Thomas Smith of Weymouth, MA; Heather Smith of Charlotte, NC; and Rachael Smith of Duxbury, MA.

Karen was an accomplished respiratory therapist, working at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Boston Medical Center. She passed her love of the medical field to her daughter, Rachael. Karen was immensely proud of her work and her family; she leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.

The memorial ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 4 p.m-7 p.m. at the Bartlett Funeral Home in Plymouth, MA. The mass will take place at 10 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Parish in Plymouth, MA. The family please asks that, in lieu of sending flowers, donations be made in Karen Smith’s name to either:
Nancamp at
St. Jude at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Bartlett Funeral Home
    338 Court Street
    Plymouth, MA 02360
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 10:00am
    St. Mary's Church
    313 Court St.
    Plymouth, MA 02360
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Private Condolence

Paul & Mary Quin

Posted at 05:52pm
Though it has been many years, we cherish the early years when our children were toddlers and crawling around together. Your smile, laugh and worldly disposition will always be cherished. You've been raised on Eagles Wings to rejoin your parents and Jay's folks. To Jay and Your Kids--peace and prayers.

Kevin Buchholtz

Posted at 02:31pm
Dear Bostley and Smith families,
I want to express my deepest condolences on the passing of Karen. I, along with my twin brother, Chris, have been close friends with Karen’s youngest brother Scott for many years. I have wonderful memories as a youth spending time on 12 Lawrence Dr. with Karen and the Bostley family.
Karen was beautiful, kind, compassionate and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was never above having genuine conversations and offering thoughtful advice to me; a kid four years younger than her. She could always make me smile and laugh. Kevin Buchholtz, Greensboro, NC

Chris Buchholtz

Posted at 12:48pm
Dear John, Thomas, Heather, and Rachel and the Bostley Family, I write to express my profound sadness and deep empathy of the passing of Karen. Karen's younger brother, Scott, has been my best friend for over 45 years and we grew up together in Marblehead, Mass. I hundreds of dinners at the Bostley house and spent thousands of hours (not kidding) playing basketball at their hoop. I remember Karen vividly as beautiful, funny, kind, and supportive. She had a big and wonderful smile and was sophisticated and smart. She had a way with people and there always seemed to be one handsome boy after another who was vying for her attention. And as Scott and I made our way through junior high and high school, Karen was always eager to listen to us and offer her wisdom. She loved people and people loved her. Through my decades long friendship with Scott, I also know that Karen loved her work as a respiratory therapist and had tremendous love and pride for John and her three beautiful children. With Love, Chris Buchholtz, Chapel Hill, NC

Eileen Andrasy

Posted at 09:56am
Karen I will miss you so very much. You were so fun to work with. You were always calm cool and collected. You were always there for us with your smile and wit. God bless your family and may you Rest In Peace ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

Eileen Andrasy RN
Boston Medical Center

Karen Belfontaine

Posted at 08:29pm
Karen Belfontaine
Karen & I became "Buddies" when we joined the Spaulding Cape Cod team at the same time. We teamed up often as the "Karen & Karen Show" sharing laughs and giving away smiles, even in the midst of these difficult times of late.. Such a generous, kind spirit Karen is, to say we will miss her is not even close. I am thankful for all the lives she saved and all her teaching, leading by great example. To Jay and family, prayers and blessing of peace to you all. Thank you for sharing Karen with us in the medical community. Hugs and giggles to you dear Karen!

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