Karen Lucille Ward, 72, Luverne, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at the Sanford Luverne Medical Center.
A funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 13, at the United Methodist Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Karen Ward was born on May 25, 1945, to R. Duane and Merle (Slagel) Ward in Luverne. She was raised on the family farm west of Luverne and graduated from Beaver Creek High School. After her parents retired, Karen resided with them in Luverne. She moved to the Centennial Apartments and later to Poplar Creek assisted living facility. Most recently she was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.
Karen enjoyed word search puzzles, embroidery, reading magazines, and watching old sit-coms on television. She had an affinity for all animals. Karen had a soft heart for cats and enjoyed a few special ones during her life.
She is survived by her sisters, Lorna Wharton of Glenwood and Marlis (Verlon) Olson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a sister-in-law, Mary Ward, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ronald Ward.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.