Karen Barden Pennington Cox died April 24, 2008, at her home in Morenci, Mich.
Karen grew up on the family farm outside of Lyons. She enjoyed working outside and with the animals and helping her dad with the milk route.
Karen married Charlie Cox in 1980 and they lived in the Lyons area for nine years. In 1989 they moved to the Houghton Lake area and lived there for 13 years. Karen enjoyed living there and made many friends. She worked at Hackers’ Shop for many years while they were there.
In 2003 they moved back to the Lyons area and her remaining years were spent there rejoining the lives of family and friends. During that time she worked at Dexter’s in Adrian, Mich.
Her sisters treasure the many dinners they had together, reminiscing about their childhood and keeping current with each other’s families. Karen and Charlie spent many hours in the American Legion in Morenci working alongside their many friends.
Karen is remembered by friends and family as a caring and loving person. Her boys were the loves of her life. She enjoyed taking care of them and later helping with their families. Karen loved sewing and making presents for her family and friends and these gifts from Karen as well as memories of her will fill some of the void she has left in many hearts and lives.
Karen battled cancer for nine months and was assisted by staff from Hospice of Lenawee in her final days. Those planning on an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a hospice organization of their choice.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years Charles Cox; three sons, Timothy (and Amy) Pennington, Michael (and Denise) Pennington, and William (and Sarah) Pennington; her parents, Boyd and Alice Barden; 11 grandchildren, Jacob and Lucas Pennington; Ashleigh, Ben, Tess, Austin and Robert Pennington, and Nicholas, Brooke, Amanda and Kristen Pennington; two sisters, Arlene Wilson and Bette Hudnutt.
She was preceded in death by a baby daughter, Cindy Pennington, and a baby brother, Jackie Barden.
A celebration of her life is planned at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4, with a luncheon to follow at the Morenci American Legion.
Arrangements were through the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.