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Karen Matthews Salisbury

August 3, 2020

Karen Matthews SalisburyKaren Matthews Salisbury, 64, Grindstone Island passed away Monday morning, August 3, 2020 at Samaritan Medical Center.

Karen was born in Alexandria Bay on August 11, 1955, daughter of James and Gloria (McIntyre) Matthews. She was a graduate of Thousand Islands High School and received her associate degree from SUNY Canton. On June 16, 1984 she married William L. Salisbury at Densmore Church on Wellesley Island.

Karen served as hostess at McCormick's Restaurant for five years. She worked 19 years for Pfatzgraff Co., running retail stores around the country and in the Virgin Islands and was secretary at Jaworski & Stevenson in W. Palm Beach, FL. Most recently, she was the service manager for Hutchinson's Boat Works in Alexandria Bay.

She was a member of the American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821 Auxiliary and the Thirsty Thursday Club at Tikibeach, Grindstone Island. Karen enjoyed reading, her dogs, finding her first arrowhead on Tikibeach, and especially spending time at her home on Grindstone Island.

She is survived by her husband, Will; her mother and stepfather Gloria and Terrence Schaber, Clayton; five sisters, Terry Bearup, Clayton, Christine (Joseph) Helmer, Alexandria Bay, Sharon (Kelly) Cantwell, Clayton, Wanda Matthews, Alexandria Bay, and Darci (K. C.) Kittle, Clayton; her Aunt Chris Matthews, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Karen was predeceased by her father, James Matthews and uncle, Dick Matthews.

As per her wishes, a celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of her family. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. and online condolences to Karen's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#14 Day Hills 2020-08-25 13:29
To Will and Karen's extended family my deepest sympathy.
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#13 Jennifer Hayes 2020-08-20 02:16
Our deepest condolences to The Salisbury Family. You are beings of beauty, joy and art ........... threads in the tapestry of our river community that will endure and inspire long past horizons.
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#12 Ted Streets 2020-08-16 11:50
My sincere condolences for your loss.
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#11 James Ludwig 2020-08-14 12:02
Will, We are greatly saddened to learn of Karen's passing. Our prayers and condolences will be with you.
Jim and Diann Ludwig
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#10 Caryl Mallette 2020-08-09 12:52
Gloria,Terry,Wi ll and families: I am so sorry for your loss of Karen. She was a wonderful, kind-hearted person. RiP Karen.
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#9 Mrs. Gerald Ives 2020-08-05 13:58
Gloria and Terry,
Just learned of Karen's passing. Gerald and I are truly truly sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person. We are here if you need anything. With Deepest Sympathy JoAnn and Gerald Ives
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#8 Dave Aubertine 2020-08-05 08:19
One of the kinder , sweeter souls on the planet. Sincere Condolences
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#7 Louie/Rosie Montante 2020-08-05 08:10
Sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Our deepest sympathy.
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#6 Steven Strouse 2020-08-05 08:10
Deepest Condolences to Will and the Mathew family Karen will be missed by many........
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#5 Barb phinney 2020-08-04 21:31
Will and Karen's entire family my deepest sympathy to you all.Karen was a very wonderful person!
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