Kari Lynn Simonson

Born on December 12, 1970 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Departed on September 10, 2021 in Rockledge, Florida

Kari Lynn Simonson, 50, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 12, 1970 to David Arthur and Judith Lynn Sloan Simonson. She passed on September 10, 2021 in Rockledge, Florida.

She moved from the Bahamas in 1973 and grew up in Indialantic, graduating from Melbourne High School. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in nursing from Florida international University and then went on to get her Masters degree and Doctoral degrees in Nursing from the University of Florida. She worked as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice for over 25 years, touching many lives in Gainesville, Tampa and Melbourne. An accomplished horsewoman, Kari competed in dressage. She also had a black belt in taekwondo, loved the beach and Gator football.

Kari was dearly loved by her mom and dad David and Judy; her daughter Mia; two sisters Kristy and Kim; her three nieces Gigi, Shelby and Sadie and her nephew Braeden.

She lost a long battle with Covid-19. As a family practitioner, much of her life was dedicated to caring for others. Her smile would light up a room and she offered that light to many, especially her daughter Mia. Unfortunately at 50, Kari never dreamed she and Mia would not have many more years of experiencing life together, enjoying the milestones of Mia’s senior year including prom and graduation; through college and beyond. She is loved and missed by so many.

There will be a memorial and paddle-out at Paradise Beach on Oct 17, 2021 at 9:00am in her honor.

Please consider donations in her memory to:
Love of Mia

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7 entries.
Renee Parnell from Cape Canaveral wrote on October 25, 2021:
This saddens me so much. Kari was my doctor for 4 years. She was attentive, funny, a wonderful doctor and the picture of health. She was always smiling. I enjoyed the whole practice...it was mellow, kind, small and my favorite doctors office I ever had. Mia I met you when you were working the front desk. So sweet and polite. I am so very very sorry. Rachel if you happen to see this please call or email. I'm sure your heart is broken too. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Candace Crawford from Titusville wrote on October 8, 2021:
I just found out today... I am so really devastated to hear , after driving home to realize it was Kari. I had an a appointment, I got limited answer from 1st. Office that was being remodled, and thought I need to know more, was Kari ok? I went to Melbourne office where I met her, my new and sweet nurse practinctioner. I chose to have Cocoa my base since I am in Titusville. I was so happy to have her. My last had retired early, and she was like heaven sent. I had to do some shopping with a very heavy heart until I got home. I kept telling myself what I heard, only someone died, and I just hope it is not Kari. My heart goes out to Mia.
Jodi Pierce from Merritt Island wrote on October 7, 2021:
Kari took amazing care of my mom, Linda. Her kindness and compassion toward her and the other residents at the assisted living facility were evident in the time she spent with them and the patience that she had for answering their questions and listening to their stories. She is greatly missed. Our prayers are with her family. May the happy memories of your time together bring you comfort and peace.
A Stranger from Sikeston MO wrote on October 4, 2021:
Rest in Heavenly Peace.
Janice Blackburn from Cocoa Beach, FL wrote on October 3, 2021:
“Dr.” Kari took over care of both of my in-laws when their doctor of 30 years retired. They both had dementia. Dr. Kari was so wonderful about treating them with dignity and respect. She spoke to them and looked to me for details when necessary but always valued their input. She made time for them on one occasion when some lines got crossed and we had made great efforts to get there but there was no appointment, and she probably missed her lunch that day. She was took great thought with their care and gave me information that saved Denny from suffering. She even let me tape her responses on one occasion so I could remind them of the “Doctor’s orders.”I was so sad to hear of her struggle with Covid-19 and her passing. I am so grateful to her family who shared her with us for these few years. Dr. Kari was a true gem and will be sorely missed.
Drew Phelps from Del Mar, California wrote on October 1, 2021:
Kari, was a really sweet classmate of mine. We didn't hangout in the same circles. Different interests and I'm quite sure she was much better at academics than I. I recall her from a very young age being very kind, friendly, and had a smile on her face whenever I saw her. She seemed to have done really well in the medical world and was a very talented person. I'm sad that she has passed so young. I'll miss seeing her posts online about her life and the things she enjoyed doing as well as her family. Again, condolences to all of those who cared about you Kari. RIP.
Patricia Herman & Lara Scott from Viera wrote on September 26, 2021:
Dear Family of Dr. Kari: My mother (Pat) and I send our sincere condolences on your loss. Dr. Kari was a very kind, gentle woman who showed love and compassion to all her patients. She helped my mom's health, and made her feel special-like family. Dr. Kari lit up the room with her smile, and was always a help to my mom. This world is missing an angel with her loss.
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