Karen Lee Nash entered eternal rest on April 3, 2021, in Bloomington, IN at the age of 76.
Karen was born on November 8, 1944, in Lawrence County to Leland and Maxine (Burton) Atchison. She graduated from Mitchell High School, where she met the love of her life, Roger Nash. They married on November 17, 1962, and started their family in Mitchell. Karen retired from GE in Bloomington, where she made many friends, was known for her sense of humor and took pride in being “the flag lady.”
Roger and Karen welcomed three children who were always close by. As their children grew, the home was never empty- as a lover of all things 2- and 4- legged, Karen loved her “babies” and played a very active role in each of her grandkids’ lives. She passed on her sense of adventure to all of them, some of their best memories being fun country drives, thrift store shopping, working in her flower beds, attending church with her, and always being fed some great food. She made the best jelly in the world. Karen’s love of gardening also led her to work at Spring Mill State Park in the Pioneer Village. Karen was always crocheting and completed thousands of hats and blankets to give to family and donate to local churches and hospitals. Karen also devoted her life to her faith, attending East Oolitic Community Church for decades, always brainstorming and capturing ideas for the weekly message on the sign.
Karen is survived by many, many loved ones: her siblings, Don (Jewell) Atchison of Solsberry and Susan (Don) Forbes of Pigeon Forge, TN; children Tina (Randall) King of Mitchell and Butch (Heather) Nash of Bedford; daughter-in-law Ursula Baker of Mitchell; grandchildren, Alisha, Anthony, Dustin, Brandon, Christian, Cole, Chandelor, Graham, Landrey and Jack; and great-grandchildren, Keygan, Madysen, Gabriel, Ezari, Jaminson, Liam, Mila, and Harlow; several nieces and nephews; and every dog and cat who ever met her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Linda, beloved husband Roger, daughter Sherri, and grandson Travis.
Visitation is scheduled at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center on Tuesday, April 6, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Mitchell Cemetery. Pastor Millard Jones will officiate the ceremony.
Please consider a donation in Karen’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association to fund research in the fight against dementia.