Karen Jean Hardwick went to meet her earthly Father and Heavenly Father on Monday, November 12, 2018 following a short illness.
Karen was born on May 25, 1950 to the parents of Paul J and Reita M Hardwick. She grew up, lived, and spent her life working in the Parker City community. She was a graduate of Monroe Central High School, class of 1968.
Karen worked her entire life. She began working at Martin Woods Drug Store in Parker City at the age of 15 and worked there until after graduation. She attended Indiana Business College which took her to Knapp Supply. The 34 years she dedicated her life to that company taught her a lot about work ethic and that sometimes life is not fair. After leaving Knapp Supply, Karen worked a brief time at The Thompson Group when a job at Monroe Central School Corporation as a High School Secretary became available. Karen, always having loved kids and having none of her own, began a 15-year trek that would make the difference in the lives of more young people than ever imagined. She invested her heart and soul into each young person who entered the doors of Monroe Central Jr. Sr. High School and their parents. She was willing to trust those who needed to learn trust and mentor those who needed someone to offer help and understanding. The impact she made on the students, parents, faculty, and administration will be noticed for many years to come. The students were her life and she worked as a Class Sponsor and Anchor Club Sponsor to teach responsibility, honesty, and work ethic to all kids whose lives she touched.
Karen's impact on the community goes beyond her beloved job. Karen was active in the Parker City United Methodist Church. She served on the Church Council for many years and assisted with VBS and Youth Group. She was a pianist on Sunday Mornings and played for the Choir every week for the past 40+ years. Her love for music and God made her want to share her talent with the church and community through Sunday Morning worship time, weekly choir practices, and holiday cantatas. Her smile and kindness will be missed.
She was a member of Job's Daughters and the Farmland Chapter of the Eastern Star.
Karen was also dedicated to service. She was a member of Pilot International, a business women's service organization. She spent many hours alongside countless friends she made among the membership working tirelessly to improve the lives of others. She never knew a stranger and the friends she made in this organization became like family to her.
Karen is survived by her mother, Reita Hardwick, who lived with Karen, a sister, Carol Mattox (Muncie), and a sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Tim Morris (Farmland). She had 5 nieces and nephews Thoma Mattox (Stacy) of Noblesville, Lesley Moulton (Adrian) of Farmland, Michael Morris (Carissa) of Farmland, Matthew Morris (Samantha) of Farmland, and Amanda Goad (Derrick) of Daleville. She is also survived by great nieces and nephews, Connor, Riley, Ruthie, Brennon, Carter, Charlee, Bristol, Mila, Parker, Jillian, Grace, and Hudson. Several cousins, and an aunt also survive. Karen was blessed with many close friends who will miss her dearly as well.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Monroe Central Alumni Association in Karen's memory.
A service to celebrate Karen's life will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Parker United Methodist Church of Parker City, IN. Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery of Farmland, IN. Family and friends may gather to share and remember from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, 2018 at Wilson Shook Funeral Home, Thornburg Memorial Chapel of Parker City, IN. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonshookfuneralhomes.com.