She was born in Brazil, Sept. 23, 1958, to Rex and Betty (Williams) Elwell. Karen graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1977. During high school, she was a member of the marching band, where she played the flute and served as the Drum Major. Following high school, she attended Indiana State University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She moved to Ft. Wayne Indiana in the early 80s. She was currently teaching with the Ft. Wayne Community School Corporation at Adams Elementary as a Physical Education teacher.
Before moving to Fort Wayne, she played for the Brazil Concert Band. She also worked at the Forest Park Pool as the manager. She was an avid tennis player and taught tennis lessons and swimming lessons.
Karen was a member of The Fort Wayne Flash, a women's professional football team in Fort. Wayne. She also volunteered with the Special Olympics in the Fort Wayne area.
She loved her students, had a compassionate heart for those in need. She also had a caring heart for stray animals. Karen had a contagious laugh that will be remembered by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Rex and Betty Elwell.
Survivors include her four sons Patrick O'Boyle, John Paul O'Boyle, Kendrick O'Boyle and Thomas O'Boyle, all of Ft. Wayne, sister Rexanne and Jerry Laue, Brazil, nephew Brandon Sneath, Indianapolis, nieces Autumn Sheese and husband Zach, Indianapolis, Cari Laue, Corey Laue, both of Brazil, and great-nephew Macalister Sheese, Indianapolis.
Services for Karen will be at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Brazil, Friday, March 12, 2010, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be at French Funeral Home Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Special Olympics.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.