Karen Rose Martin entered the world April 9, 1961, the fifth of 13 children born to Kenneth and Kathleen Martin. Karen saw the Lord face to face when she was called home May 3, 2013, and she enjoyed a beautiful reunion with her adoring daddy whom we lost last year. She was a loving, compassionate, protective and devoted mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt, great aunt and companion.
Karen was a "Jack of all Trades" and never afraid of manual labor. She was a carpenter, builder, mechanic, seamstress, gourmet cook, she roofed and renovated houses, gardened, and crocheted. She was bursting with skills and unlimited talent and was always ready to lend a hand.
Sept. 7, 2012, when her father was diagnosed with cancer, Karen joined her family helping with his care until he passed on Sept 24, 2012. Two months later, still reeling from her father's death, Karen returned to Alabama. Feeling ill, she visited her doctor and was diagnosed with stage four cancer. This tragic news didn't hinder Karen's outlook on life. Though her time was short, with support from her family, she continued to live life to its fullest.
Karen is survived by her mother, Kathleen Martin of Bushnell; her daughters, Christina and Theresa; son, Michael; grandchildren, Summer, Anthony, Edward, Zoey, Hunter, Michael, Justine and Kameron; sisters, Shirlee, Nancy, Mary, Antoinette, Kathleen and Colleen; brothers, Frank, Fred, Ronald, Robert, Christopher and Kenny; her longtime companion, George; stepsons, Jake and David; 12 nieces; 11 nephews; five great-nieces; 11 great-nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Kenneth Martin.
Plucked from our garden, this bloom no longer grows,
God has called home, our Beautiful Rose
A memorial service will be at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Bushnell, Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 9 a.m.
Published in Sumter County Times on June 6, 2013