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All family and friends are invited and welcome to attend and celebrate Karen’s life.
A memorial service
is scheduled for Friday July 16, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.,
at the OKC Cremation chapel, 807 Wilshire Blvd, OKC, OK. 73116.
Pastor Ken Christoffersen will officiate.
Karen Elaine Casey, a lifelong resident of Bethany, Oklahoma, died unexpectedly on June 19th, 2021, at the age of 67. Karen is survived by her brother, Conrad Casey, of Stratford, Oklahoma; a niece Vicki Long and family, of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; a nephew Chris Casey and Family, of Hobbs, New Mexico; Jaden Tarver, whom she loved like a nephew, of Riverside, CA; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Karen was born to Charles “Delbert” Casey and Betty Ji (Smith,) on November 18, 1953. She attended Putman City West and graduated in 1972. From there she joined the United States Army, where she served as a radio operator in Germany, and traveled all over the world. Upon returning to the States, she continued her service requirements with the Air National Guard, and later became a “Proud Gray Eagle,” joining the ANG Retiree Association.
Karen worked at Deaconess Hospital in an Administrative Lead role for many years and then became interested in Horticulture, returning to OSU-OKC to receive further education and training. She LOVED to create with her hands! Anything from sewing, crocheting, photography, crafting, producing arrangements of all kinds to designing seasonal scenes, backdrops, and landscape havens. Outdoor with nature was one place she truly found happiness and contentment.
She loved her family and enjoyed traveling. Therefore, trips to Michigan nearly every year, with her immediate family to see some of her favorite cousins and relatives, was an adventure she was always up for! Karen was an avid reader, antique collector, movie and music enthusiast, and connoisseur of Dr. Pepper and a good cheese pizza! Her laughter and sense of humor were both contagious and unique to her and will be missed.
Eloise Kuntz says
Karen will be sadly missed. We shared a strong interest in genealogy and spent many hours researching for long lost relatives. She was a fun cousin to be around. We send our love and sympathy to Conrad, Vicki, Chris and families.
Jerry Smith says
Karen was the cousin with the wry smile, the Oklahoma drawl that endeared her to her Michigan family. Karen and Aunt Betty Ji visited us in Huntington (Indiana) on one of the last of their annual trips to Michigan so they could see my wife Nancy in the nursing home before Nancy passed away. (Nancy and Uncle Delbert had both had strokes so Aunt Betty and Karen knew well the struggles of living after a stroke.)
But Karen was a special cousin who as an 11-yr old wrote to me in 1965 when I was in graduate school at the University of Washington, to ask about how the astronauts could be circling the Earth. I still have my copy of the several page letter that I sent to Karen. Apparently since I was in science I was someone she could write to learn about space.
Linda Krause says
Karen loved to travel and was always planning our next adventures She watched a lot of PBS and documentaries and knew at least a little bit about every topic under the sun. She had an opinion about nearly everything, too.
A few years ago we took a road trip from Oklahoma City to Caro by way of every interesting antique store and flea market we could find, working in time to visit a few historical sites as well.
Another year we met in Indianapolis and spent a couple days on the US-127 Yard Sale Trail which ran into the one on US-12 and finally ended with the M-25 Trail.
From sightseeing around MI to to NYC trips full of sightseeing tours, exhibitions, and Broadway shows, Karen was ready to experience it all.
She loved her family fiercely. Karen was hard working, loving, and loyal.
Karen was such a creative soul. The displays she would create at the library were always a huge hit with customers. I will miss her joyful spirit and her amazing creations. What a loss.
What a loss. I was always amazed when this seemingly average person suddenly sprang to life and began telling tales of trips to Scotland or around the U.S., or showed me pictures of the amazing outfits she made so she could attend some offbeat convention she loved. She inspired me to do more and be more.
Cindy Revels Nigg says
Karen will be so missed- whether for her creativeness in the garden or at the library. She will be missed for Dr. Who marathons and for Marvel movie premieres. I will miss her loyalty and steadfastness to our friendship and mourn that there are so few like her anymore.
Julia Laughlin says
What an incredible loss. What a bright and beautiful spirit and so adventurous! She was my horticulture student but became my dear friend and we traveled to Costa Rica, Australia and New Zealand together. She was so awed by the beauty of the nature we saw. Sending love and prayers to her family and loved him ones❤️❤️❤️
Your Aunt Elsie's Diane says
Aww Karen, you are missed and so loved. I just saw the pictures here and remember so many fun times together as cousins. So glad your family always drove so far to be together at reunions. I trust we will meet again on the heavenly shores. I miss your momma so much too. May your loved ones lay this to heart and be ready to meet Jesus!