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Karen J. Ferrel-Conner-Graves
Karen J. Graves, age 75, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away Monday evening, March 19, 2018, at The Toledo Hospital. Karen was born in Toledo, Ohio to the late G. Florence (MacDonald) and William E. Ferrel. Growing up in Whitehouse and Neapolis, Ohio, Karen was actively involved and served as president of the FHA. Karen graduated from Anthony Wayne High School in 1960.
Karen was a member of the Hereford Haven Rancherettes founded by her mother, Florence. The Rancherettes entertained many civic organizations across Northwest Ohio performing musical/comedy revues. Karen was preceded in death by her first husband, Danny L. Conner and second husband, Robert L. Graves.
Karen was a talented floral designer and worked as a professional florist for many years. She enjoyed interior design and English floral gardening. Most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends and entertaining in her home. She took pride in her home and simply loved being a mom.
Karen will be greatly missed by her children, family and many friends. She is survived by her children, Scarlett (Scott) Wise, Todd W. Conner, and Reagan (Bill) Strauss; grandsons, Blaine, Brendan and Blake Conner, and Conner and Parker Strauss. She is also survived by her sister, Joyce McJilton, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 23rd from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631). Funeral services celebrating her life will be held Saturday, March 24th at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Tom Bates officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens in Waterville.
Memorial contributions in Karen’s memory may be made to Nature’s Nursery, P.O. Box 2395, Whitehouse, OH 43571 or Oak Openings Metropark, 4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton, OH 43558.
Karen will forever be remembered for her selflessness, her sense of humor, and her love of laughter which she said kept her young. The void she leaves in the lives of those close to her will never be filled. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends.
Donald Lyle MacDonald and Delores Nubile, Dondi B. MacDonald and family, and Patrick B. MacDonald and family Mar 23 2018 12:00 AM
My sympathies to the family.. she will be missed. Karen was part of our lunch bunch and I always loved it when she was there. Loved her sense of humor. We will miss her.
Susan Leatherman Bush Mar 23 2018 12:00 AM
Karen will be greatly missed. She was a wonderful woman with a bright shinning light and wonderful smile! Rest in Peace Karen. Our heartfelt condolences go to Scarlett and Scott, Todd, and Reagan and their families and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. So sorry for your loss.
Michael and Candy Rude - Shelby Potter Kaytlyn Peabody Mar 23 2018 12:00 AM
Fulton County Health. Center emergency room staff would like to express our deepest sympathy and prayers for your loss. We only knew her for a short time but very nice lady.
wendy Mar 22 2018 12:00 AM
There are not words to express my feelings..my heart is broken. You will be so missed, I will miss your smile, laughter,& humor..we shared many things, you have meant so much to me..rest well Karen, we will meet again. The girls and Todd will be ok, we will takecare care of them..love youtoo so much. Noreen
Noreen Graves Mar 22 2018 12:00 AM
Beautiful picture of Karen. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. I knew Karen when her and Bob were married and she was always smiling and friendly to everyone.
Sharon Dunn Mar 22 2018 12:00 AM
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Expression of Sympathy Mar 22 2018 12:00 AM
Scarlett, Reagan, and Todd, your mother was such a strong, smart, funny, and loving person. I know how close you were with your mom and what a huge loss this is for you. We love you and are praying for you all right now!
Barb Golden Mar 21 2018 12:00 AM
Our dear friend and sister-in-law. The void you will leave is going to be hard to fill. We vow to perpetuate the legacy of our families with Scarlett, Todd, and Reagan. Rest comfortably dear one, without care nor concern. When we get there we'll have a party.
Noreen and Wayne Graves Mar 21 2018 12:00 AM
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Dear friend and sister-in-law
Expression of Sympathy Mar 21 2018 12:00 AM