Karen Gale Elrod Pearson COLUMBIA Karen Gale Elrod Pearson, 73, of Columbia, died Thursday, March 26, 2020. Born December 3, 1946 in Billings, MT, she was a daughter of the late Ira Craig Elrod and J. Patricia Dugan Elrod. Karen studied biology and English at Loyola and English at USC. She was an adventurer at heart, sky diving, scuba diving and traversing the El Camino de Santiago. Karen was a swim instructor and avid Gamecock fan. She retired as a surveyor from the Department of Health and Environment Control and was a former Recreational Therapist at the Midlands Center. She attended Trinity Cathedral and St. Michael and All Angels' Episcopal Church, where she wore many hats. Her special loves were mentoring EfM and singing in the choir. Karen's first husband, Jimmy McLeod died in 2000, but she would find love again when she met and married Timothy Pearson in 2011. The couple was married at Trinity Cathedral and were inseparable since. Karen loved all her friends, "The Village", and many others. She also loved her fur babies, Monkey, Quark and Hiccup. In addition to her beloved husband, Tim, she is survived by cousins, Kelly Dugan Rittenback and Robin Dugan; her sisters-in-law, Kelly Marjerrison (Gordon) and Sue Kirk (John); a niece, Carrie Kirk Montgomery; nephews, John Kirk (April) and Clifton Kirk (Becky); great-nephews, Jacks, Jagger, Jett, Chipper and Camden Kirk. In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, John Lee Elrod. In light of the recent Novel COVID-19 Virus, a memorial service is being planned for a later date. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family and will announce further plans. The family would especially like to thank Sister Carole Andrew and the Sisters of St. Helena for their loving support of Karen. The family suggests memorials be made to St. Michael and All Angels', C/O Fr. Charles, 6408 Bridgewood Road, Columbia, SC, 29206. His comfort and strength have been immeasurable during this most difficult time. Memories and condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com
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Published in The State on Apr. 1, 2020.