Karen Sue Arthur, 71, of Russells Point, passed away Sunday night, May 2, 2021 at Lima Memorial Hospital.
Karen was born on January 9, 1950 in Bellefontaine, a daughter of the late James and Caroline Dickson Burden. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jodi Arthur Nichols, father/mother-in-law, Ernest (Agnes) Arthur, brother, Danny Burden, brothers-in-law, John Hone, Dale Wolfe, Barry Hillman, and Leo Arthur, and great grandson, Trenton Sherman.
On March 2, 1966, Karen married Ray B. Arthur at Bellefontaine Church of God and he survives. On March 14th, this year they renewed their vows after 55 years of marriage.
Karen is also survived by three daughters, Jennifer (Don) Shirk of Kenton, Jonell (Doug) Parmer and Jill (Dean) Wurster, both of Russells Point, nine grandchildren, Josh Carey, Klay Nichols, Grey (Mallory) Nichols, Brandi (George) Coy, Emily (Daniel) Bowman, Cole Wurster, Caylee Wurster, Caleb Wurster, and Kenzley Pertuset, eight great-grandchildren, Breanne, Lily, Kennedy, Somer, Gage, Briar, Paisley, Fiona, and one on the way, three siblings, Yvonne Hillman of Pittsburgh, PA, Marsha Wolfe of Mansfield, and Larry (Sally) Burden, brothers/sisters-in-law, Chuck (Joanna) Arthur, Judy Ostermeyer, and Ruby (Floyd) Brenner, all of Bellefontaine, Elizabeth “Betty” Banks of Hillsboro, Geraldine Allen and Ruth Anne Peters.
Karen attended Bellefontaine High School. She was a homemaker who made the best fried chicken and sugar cookies. Karen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and sitting outside on the deck by the pool with friends and family. She was the ROCK of the family. Karen was an avid OSU Buckeye and Cincinnati Bengals Fan. Karen bowled in many leagues at TP Lanes. She loved watching the Andy Griffith Show and Family Feud. She was known for her sassiness and wittiness, making people laugh by just being herself.
Pastor Debbie Ketcham will begin funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Shoffstall Funeral Home, 205 S. Main St., Lakeview with visitation from noon to 2 p.m. Burial is in Huntsville Cemetery. Due to state Covid-19 pandemic guidelines, attendees are asked to be symptom free, maintain social distancing and wear a facial covering.
Memorial Contributions may be given in Karen’s name to Friends Serving Friends of Indian Lake.
Services are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at shoffstallfuneralhome.com.