Karen Ann Brown
January 07, 1941 ‒ April 23, 2015
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