Karen Elaine Williams Leary
September 12, 1946 ‒ December 17, 2018
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.