LYONS, Karen 60, died Jan. 31, 2013, with her family by her side in Tampa after a 5 year long battle with breast cancer. Karen was born in Philadelphia, PA, on Dec. 10,1952 to Harold and Marilyn Kling. She grew up in New Castle, DE, with her 3 sisters, Sue, Nancy and Janet. She married her childhood sweetheart, Gene Lyons, on June 6, 1970. Karen and Gene raised 5 beautiful daughters, Tracy, Laura, Jamie, Marie and Megan. Karen was truly an inspiration to all who were lucky enough to meet her. From a very early age she taught her daughters to be giving, caring people and she led by example. Karen touched so many people during her 60 years, from a foster child to organizing an "adopt a family" program at Christmas to caring for sick underprivileged children. She dedicated the last several years of her life donating her time to the Guardian ad Litem Program where she helped provide a voice for Florida's children who were either abused or neglected. Karen believed that one person could make a difference & led her life doing just that and her hope was that she could teach others to do the same. She is survived by her husband, Gene; and her daughters, Tracy, Laura, Jamie, Marie and Megan; her 12 grandchildren, Samantha, Eric, Katherine, Sarah, Zachary, Jacob, Christopher, Anna, Benjamin, Joshua, Olivia and Luke; her son-in-laws, Michael, Scott & John; as well as her sisters, Sue, Nancy & Janet. Services will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church, 12708 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa on Feb. 6th, 11 am. In lieu of flowers, Karen wished for donations to be made to the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation. To do so, you can go online to www.flgal.org/support.html and download the forms. You can donate by email, by mail, or phone (850) 410-4642. Thank you so much to her family, & her extended family of friends who have meant so much to Karen over the years. She was blessed to have you in her life, as is her surviving family. Blount & Curry Funeral Home/Oldsmar-West Hillsborough Chapel
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Blount and Curry Funeral Home Oldsmar West Hillsborough Chapel
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 3, 2013