Karen Buday-Garver

April 24, 1942 ‒ April 06, 2020

Pickerington, Ohio
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

  • I am so sorry Katie and Zach. Your mom fought a long hard battle! She is now in peace with her mother and daddy! I will so miss her and her smiling face and laugh and our long long talks. Love and peace to you and your family!

  • I did not know her on a personal level but I feel like I did because her daughter, Katie, talked about and adored her so much. She was definitely a very special
    woman. Condolences to your entire family.

  • Jeff and Katie,
    Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. It’s never easy to lose a parent. We wish you peace and closure. To Karen…may you soar with the angels and dance with the moon!
    Xoxo Denise and Breck

  • My condolences to you, Katie, as well as your entire family and many friends of your mom.

    Although I only met your mom once, I’ll forever remember her for her warmth, beauty and humor!

    The road ahead of you is a difficult one, but know you have numerous friends you can lean on to help you through.

    Love you, Katie!

  • Katie,
    There are no words to express how my heart breaks for you. You’re Mother was one of a kind. How she put up with us as teenagers and drove us all over Columbus I won’t ever know. I have so many great childhood memories with you and her. The laughing, crying, and getting grounded….we did it all. I won’t ever forget how kind she was and how much she loved you. Please know I’m here for you to lean on. I’m sure she will be looking down on us saying “what are those crazy girls up to now”. Love and hugs always my friend (Kidd). Krista ❤

  • My thoughts and prayers to all of you. Your mom, grandmother and I worked together at KBH & R many years ago. I will always remember her infectious smile and our chats. She was a very lovely lady. God gained a precious Angel!

  • My sympathies to Katie, Zach and all the family. I enjoyed working with Karen for many years at Kegler. I have met many of you and Karen shared many stories about her family, she even brought home videos to our girls weekend getaway once. I will always cherish my memories of Karen. She was a wonderful person with a big heart, who loved her family very much.

  • Thinking of Katie, Zach, Jeff and their families. May the Lord guide and comfort you during this difficult time. Love you very much.❤

  • Thinking of the family while they grieve their loss! Just from Katie’s stories and videos I can tell what a remarkable woman you’ve lost. Cherish your precious memories!

  • Katie. I am so sorry to here about your Mom. I only met her a couple times, but I know she was an amazing person. Please know that your family has been in my prayers. Let me know if there is anything I can do. I love you, and we really need to get together soon.

  • Katie,
    Sending you and Z hugs as your hearts are heavy! Know we are thinking of you and are here for you. Your mom will forever be taking care of you now! Stay strong and you will get through this and the upcoming holidays! Love you!

  • Karen was always like a second mom to me since 7th grade when Katie and I became best friends, I am so thankful to have been blessed to know and love her. Katie and Zach you are part of my family and Rich and I will always be here for you. We love you both so much and are praying for you.

  • Katie and Family,

    Sending you our heartfelt condolences upon the death of Karen. The community will miss her.

    Jeff Corbin
    Brookview Condominiums

  • I am a neighbor in the condos where Karen, Katie and Zach live. I have only know Karen from walking through the condos twice a day and getting to meet her about a year ago. She was a neighbor to Dorothy, the friend who brought me to Brookview Condos. It was so nice to learn that she knew and loved Dorothy like I did. We didn’t have much time to get to know each other to my regret. I knew about her cancer so was able to pray for her twice a day whenever I passed her house. I met Katie at the mailbox and Zach thereafter who were also very easy to love. My prayers to all the family. Karen always, always had a smile for me and everyone and she loved her family very much. I’ve appreciated know her and happy that Katie and Zach will still be around the neighborhood. Blessings to you all in your grief. May God hold you close during this time of loss and grief. Neighbor and friend, Kay McGlinchey

  • I met Karen last year through her sister Susan in Charlotte, NC. We had a common ground of being cancer patients. We shared thoughts, smiles, and warm wishes. Hopefully, we were both better for that brief meeting. Karen had a light and a smile which is with me. I wish strength and healing for her family, friends, and those she touched.

  • Sweet Katie and Zach,
    Karen was precious! So tiny…so fierce…so strong. I learned much from my days with her. She loved her family well and treasured time with them. She made a life long impression upon my heart for which I’m grateful! It is with great sorrow we bid her farewell. Thinking of and praying for all those who loved her.
    Love~Mary Knowlton

  • Thinking of guys.. she was a beautiful woman inside and out!!!! She will be missed dearly. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you. We love you!

  • Katie and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I had the honor of knowing Karen since Zach was in first grade and was blessed to see the love she had for you all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Karen and I worked together 20+ years and she was such a sweet and fun person to be around. I am so happy we became friends and she will forever be in my heart.