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.