Karen Elaine Williams Leary

September 12, 1946 ‒ December 17, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Karen Elaine Williams Leary, age 72, of Marion, went to be with Jesus Monday evening, December 17, 2018.  She passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side at Marion General Hospital.

On September 12, 1946, Karen was born in Mount Gilead, OH, a daughter of the late Alva Arvene Williams and Hazel Luella (Allen) Zentler.

On May 1, 1965, Karen Married Richard John “Dick” Leary in Cardington, OH.  He preceded her in death on April 30, 2012.

A woman of faith, Karen was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cardington, where she loved singing in the church choir.

A loving wife and mother, Karen enjoyed sewing, making cakes, taking care of her animals and gardening.

Karen was a fighter.  She endured many hardships and illnesses throughout her life.  At last, she just couldn’t do it any longer and was too tired to continue fighting.

She is loved and survived by her children: Mark (Judy) Leary of Toledo, OH, Marielaina (Jeff) Kanniard of Delaware,OH, Shannon (Bruce) Landon of Marion, OH;  grandchildren: Kent Kanniard, Jessica Leary, Marissa Leary all of Marion, Michael Landon of Mount Vernon; sister,  Shirley Baker of Cardington;  nephew, Matthew (Donna) Wright of Cardington; nieces: Lorraine (Randy) Wright of Mount Gilead, Jimanna (Rick) Clark of Mount Gilead, Petrona (Carlos) Clement of California; a nephew-in-law, Jerry Burgess of Prospect; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents: Alva and Hazel; husband, Dick; brother, James S. Williams; brother-in-law, Alvin “Bill” Baker; a niece, Deborah Burgess; and her grandmother, Anna Mathes.

Her family will greet friends from 1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead.  A celebration of her life will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Patrick Kelly officiating.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Karen’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Mark, Maria, and Shannon:
    I am so sorry for your loss of your mom. Your loss is heavy, but her gain is eternal!! Know that she is no longer sick and is with your dad! May God comfort you greatly during this time!!
    Love Deb Fissell

  • I’m Soo sorry for you loss! Your mom was a wonderful person and she is truly Heavens gain.

  • So sorry for your loss of your mother she suffering is over,but she will always be near you in your heart.it’s hard to lose a parent just remember all joy & good times growing ,she will be looking down on you smiling.RIP.

  • Mark, Maria and Shannon,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this very difficult time. I have so many fond memories of your mother. I can picture her in the kitchen in Mt. Gilead, drinking coffee and working on the daily crossword puzzle from the newspaper. She loved a fresh snowfall and did her best to keep it perfect despite living next to the school. I remember her plant and cactus collection. I remember the cakes she would make for the kiddos that called her Mom-o. I admired, respected and loved her like my own mother. She was always there for me when I needed advice, an opinion or guidance in some way. She took me under her wing when I was so far away from my own family and I am forever thankful for that. She was tough as nails, but had a heart of gold. May God bless you all and help you find peace and comfort.

    • Annique, Thank you so much. If you watch the video I am sure you will recognize a few of the pictures. She was always happy to hear from you, and she will be dearly missed.

  • Dear Cousins

    We were saddened to hear of the loss of your mom this past week.
    As Marielaina has said, losing a parent is a heartbreak and we can only know how that feels when it happens to us personally.
    We also miss our parents dearly as you can imagine.
    With the support of your friends, church, neighbors, family, you will go on. Take what they bequeathed to you into your hearts as you move forward!
    The Leary’s are an endearing tribe! God Bless!
    Cousin Jack in Austin & Family

  • Oh my goodness sharon &Jimie your mom was the only one who new how to cut &perm my hair when i lived across the street from them.on the corner on rich st!:) she permed it one day it started smokeing we laughed so hard!! Get under the water ,it turned out ok best perm i ever had!! 🙂 Did she ever tell you girls that?
    I’m sorry for your loss prayers & hugs.los my mom christmas eve.
    God bless you

    • Ms, Lloyd, my name is Marielaina and my sister is Shannon our brother is Mark , I’m not sure if you were writing this for Karen Leary but if you were we are her only children and we thank you for your condolences and appreciate your kind thoughts