Karen R. Showell, 84, passed away peacefully at home on July 21, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Karen is survived by her three devoted daughters, Cindy Cusic, Jill Showell and Sherry Showell. Loving grandmother to Megan Cusic, Shannon Cusic and James Decker. Dear mother-in-law of Rod Cusic and John Decker, and deeply respected by Howard Rosenstock. Karen was born and raised in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania and grew up with four older brothers and a younger sister. As a young adult, she moved to Washington, D.C. to begin a career at the FBI. While there, she met her husband of 63 years, Archie A. Showell, and joined him in Morocco where he served as a Navy aviator during the Korean War. They settled in Denver, Colorado in 1959, where she lived until her dear husband's death in October 2014. While in Colorado, Karen became a passionate and highly skilled golfer. She had a feisty and competitive spirit, traveled extensively on the amateur golf circuit, and won or placed in numerous Colorado tournaments. A die-hard Denver Bronco fan, Mrs. Showell never missed a game -- often watching them twice. Karen was an optimist, had wonderful energy and touched the lives of many, even as her health declined. Donations in her honor can be made to the Colorado Women's Golf Association, 6 Inverness Court East, Suite 105, Englewood, CO 80112. Private family service.
Published in Denver Post on Aug. 2, 2015.