Karen Ann Brown

January 07, 1941 ‒ April 23, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

Karen Brown was called to the Lord’s presence Thursday morning April 23, 2015 from the James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University in Columbus. She was 74.

She was an excellent cook and baker. Everything she made was great, but her pies were outstanding. Her peach pie was exceptional, made on the foundation of a buttery and flaky crust, and filled with sweet ripe fruit. Like her desserts, Karen’s life was on the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ, filled with the sweet fruit of the Spirit. And just as she shared each peach pie with family and friends, her life was an offering of service, first to the Lord, to her family, and then to others.

Born Karen Ann Boucher January 7, 1941 to Armand and Florence (Frantz) Boucher, she was graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1958. The neighbor boy returned from the Korean War a man, and drove his ’55 Oldsmobile hardtop convertible right into Karen’s heart. She and Nelson R. Brown were married March 28, 1959 at the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Vernon.

Karen worked with Mansfield Christian School for 31 years as secretary in the high school office. She served the school as cheerleading advisor and golf coach. In “retirement” she returned to a position as receptionist at Berean Baptist Church, her church home, where she helped with the funeral meal ministry. Karen worked as unto the Lord, with grace and dignity, efficient and professional.

An avid golfer, Karen and Nelson were active with a Monday night couples league, enjoyed scrapbooking, and loved doting on her grandchildren and great grandchildren – she actively pursued “fun” with them.

She is survived by her husband Nelson; their children Ginny & Dr. Thomas Englehart of Galena, Jerry & Karen Brown of Aiken, SC, and Tim & Jane Brown of Upper Arlington; grandchildren Andrew, Cara and Emily Englehart, Autumn Tucker, Jacob & Megan Brown, Caleb Brown and Josh Brown; great grandchildren Tristina, Miraya, Anika and Jude; a brother David & Polly Boucher of Mt. Vernon and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her baby girl Susan Lynn Brown; a sister Joretta Ballard and a brother Armand Boucher, Jr.

The Brown family will receive friends Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Karen Brown will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, with Pastor Jim Berry officiating. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Karen’s memory to Mansfield Christian School may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Brown family. Send them a note of love and support, or watch Karen’s tribute video at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Dear Nelson and family,
    It has been a privilege and honor to know Karen and consider her a friend. She was always a kind receptionist wherever she served and a living witness
    for Jesus. We have been remembering you in prayer as soon as we first heard
    the news of Karen’s illness and pray she was experiencing God’s presence every
    step of the way right to the gates of heaven. We will miss her and we will be praying for you as we know you will miss her also. Love in Christ, Tom &
    Shirley Davidson

  • Karen and nelson have been a blessing in our lives. Praying for all of you. Thanks for sharing such godly parents.

  • For more than thirty years, Karen and I celebrated our birthday (Jan 8) with our respective spouses. Karen (and Nelson) always hosted us at their home and made us feel welcome and almost like a member of the family. I had the privilege of working with Karen at MCHS and our children were educated there at the same time. Love you Nelson and will keep the loving memories of our friendship forever in our hearts.

  • The Browns have been a part of my life from a very early age. My heart is saddened to know Karen is no longer with us. But I rejoice with you in knowing she is well in the arms of her Savior. Much love & prayers for all of you.
    Love ~ Jill (Bowman) Sells

  • I was sure saddened by the news of Karen’s illness and passing. She was always so beautiful, of both the outside but most importantly the inside. She had such a sweet spirit about her. I am keeping all of the family in my prayers, and my heart shares your sadness. I’m sure she is rejoicing to be in the arms of Jesus .

  • I met, and got to know, Karen through her brother, Armie and family. She was a great lady with a warm smile and kindness that showed to all. My prayers are with all of the family.

    Roger Marra

  • Shared memorable times with Karen over the 10 years I taught at MCS. She was an efficient secretary who kept all of us on our toes. I am shocked and saddened by her early departure to Glory, but know that she is rejoicing in the presence of her Savior. My sympathies to her family who will keenly feel a void.

  • Wow…it just seems like yesterday my wife and I were meeting Karen and starting to work at Mansfield Christian School back in 1980. Great friendship was developed over those 3 years. Not only was she a super secretary in the office, she was one of the best cheerleading advisors I had the privilege of working with in my 30+ years in athletic administration.

    We came back to MCS for 4 summers in a row (2000, 2001,2002, and 2003) to run Volleyball Camps at MCS. Karen and Nelson opened up their house to host us two of those trips. Great memories of a very precious and giving person.

    Praying for God’s peace and understanding for the whole family as you go through this together. She is truly living “happily ever after” in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Dan and Margie Swagerty

  • My thoughts and prayers have been with all of you through these weeks/months leading to the day your mom/grandma got to see Jesus personally! I know she will be missed, but WOW! what a great example she left for all of you. And, I see so much of Ginny’s heart and service that came from her mom. Ginny, and family, you have been a wonderful example of such loyalty and care through this time your mom had. This also, is a wonderful example to your kids. I pray that God’s grace and strength continues to uphold you through this week as you prepare to all be together. God bless you all.

  • Ginny and Family,
    You have all been in my prayers for weeks now. I’m so sorry for your loss but am rejoicing with you that your mom is rejoicing at the feet of Jesus! I will continue to pray for the peace of God to pour over you all.

    Amanda Moffitt

  • Nelson and Family,

    It was a shock to hear of Karen’s passing on to the Lord. We didn’t think it would be so soon. She must have been needed in heaven for a special task because she was a special person here on earth. We enjoyed our visit with both of you at the Rehab center as we always did when we talked with each other. Nelson you and your family are in our prayers every day for God to give all of you His strength to see you through these days until you meet again…


    Gary and Barb Boucher

  • Ginny and Family,

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. What a wonderful person she was. Know that she is at peace now and suffers no more. What a reunion Mrs. Brown will have with Mom and Dad Englehart. I told Chris I can see her updating them on all the things the grandkids have done since their passing. Prayers are being offered daily for you and your family. I’m only a phone call away if you need anything.

    Love Always,

  • I would like to extend sincere condolences to Karen’s family. I was at school with Karen in Mt Vernon and even back then she was a very special person who lit up the place where ever she was with her beauty and grace…. Rest in peace, dear Karen.

    Robert Marshall Florer
    United Kingdom

  • Another 1958 classmate is now in the golden class of angels. So enjoyed visiting with Karen at our last class reunion. Prayers and condolences to all of her family. God Bless, Sheila (Ralston) Wagner

  • Michael & Ethel say:
    April 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm
    We have many wonderful memories of your family through the years: Family Focus, MCS, NHS, and MCS class trips. Karen was a wonderful secretary for Mike, always organized, diligent and willing to help in any way. She gave of herself above and beyond what was expected of her. She was dependable and focused in her work. I could always count on her to be efficient and thorough.
    Karen will be greatly missed by Ethel and me and many others, also. Her cheery voice on the other end of the phone, as a receptionist for Berean, will be a fond memory. She and you, Nelson, were gracious hosts in your home to many people. Her cooking and baking were an added gift. How blessed, in sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints, but a loss to us all.

    Mike & Ethel Mecurio

  • Nelson, and your Family,
    We will surely miss our many fun times together with you and Karen. We will miss Karen’s smile and friendship and her great cooking. We will cherish our last meal that Karen prepared for us, and the Berry’s at Christmas at your home, just before we left to come back to Florida . Love you all and praying for the LORDS Calming Hand on all of you. Jim & Pat

  • Ginny,
    So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was an awesome lady. She will be missed by many. Praying for all of you.