April 24, 1942 ‒ April 06, 2020
Formerly of Marion, Ohio
Karen Buday-Garver of Pickerington, Ohio passed away peacefully at Kobacker House on Monday April 6, 2020 at the age of 77. Karen was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 24, 1942.
Karen’s family then moved to Marion, Ohio in 1949 where her father was a home builder. Karen was preceded in death by her loving parents Andrew and Alma Buday as well as her feline companion, Addy.
Karen was a graduate of the Marion Catholic High School class of 1960. Karen worked as Marion Deputy Clerk of Juvenile Court for Judge Edward Ruzzo until 1964 when she married Jerry Garver and moved to Columbus, Ohio.
Left to hold dear her memory are her son Jeffrey (Jeana) Garver of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, daughter, Katie Garver of Pickerington, Ohio, beloved grandchildren June Garver and Jerry Garver of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Zachary Garver of Pickerington, Ohio, dearest sisters and brothers-in-law, Susan (Murray) Lavender of Charlotte, North Carolina, Andrea (Richard) Gibb of Chicago, Illinois, Ellen (Jack) Lowe of Hilton Head, South Carolina and the father of her children, Jerry Garver of Largo, Florida, host of extended family, dear friends Sue Hess, Martha Deibel, John and Kate Brody.
Karen bravely and honorably faced 35 months of treatment for Glioblastoma. She was an amazing force during this time, facing each day with strength, confidence and beautiful grace. Between treatments, Karen put family first and spent special time with everyone in the family including a trip to Hawaii with her sister Andrea, a wonderful birthday party at her sister Susan’s home and she made one last, fantastic, road trip to North Carolina with her son Jeff, making many fun and memorable stops along the way, as well as a terrific visit at Jeff’s home with his family. Karen left her car to her grandson, Zachary and the two of them had tremendous fun right up until the end making trips to the grocery store and beyond. Karen was employed by KBHR from 1991 until her retirement in 2015 as Legal Assistant to John Brody. Karen loved her job and cherished her many friends at KBHR. Throughout her retirement, Karen enjoyed spending more time with family, especially her grandchildren whom she adored, traveling and quiet time reading in her backyard garden.
The entire family wishes to sincerely and lovingly thank Karen’s daughter, Katie, for courageously caring for Karen, in the home, every day, from diagnosis to her final days. Thank you, Katie.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, April 9, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St, Marion at 10AM.
Memorial contributions may be made in Karen’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org.
The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Garver family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com