Karen S. Hays, 69,
a lifelong Rockford resident, died unexpectedly on Monday morning,
September 3, 2018 at Mercer Health Emergency Room in Coldwater. She was
born May 6, 1949, in Celina, to the late Richard and Z. Fae
A 1967 graduate of
Parkway High School and a class valedictorian, Karen completed her
undergraduate schooling at Baldwin Wallace University before continuing
on to Wright State University, earning her Master of Education.
Karen retired in
2006 from Celina Public Schools after 35 years as a teacher. She spent
32 years at the middle school and 3 years at the high school. Karen then
went on to teach for 3 years at Wright State University-Lake Campus as
an adjunct professor. She loved to work with kids and continued tutoring
for many years.
Wanting to stay
busy after retirement, Karen worked for many years with American
Greetings keeping the card section stocked at the local stores. She was
an avid reader and enjoyed music. She was a longtime member of Rockford
United Methodist Church. A compassionate and generous woman, Karen
adored her nieces and nephew.
She is survived by
her brother, Donald (Linda) Hays of Rockford; sister, Connie Hays of
Rockford; nieces: Donna (Jeff) Adams of Rushville, IN; Denise (Greg)
Lochtefeld of TN; Darlene Hays of Greenville; Diane Hays of Celina;
Danielle (Shaun) Ruhlen of Fort Wayne and Douglas (Rebecca) Hays, Van
Wert; Amanda (Chad) Webster of Pandora;
as well as numerous great nieces and great nephews.
Services will be
at 10:30 AM, Friday, September 7th, 2018 at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home
with Pastor Chip Steffy officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside
The family will
receive friends from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 PM Thursday, September 6th, 2018
at the funeral home, and again Friday one hour prior to the funeral.
contributions may be made to Rockford United Methodist Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed at ketchamripley.com
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