Karen Sue (Turner) Olin Lewis
January 9, 1939 - February 6, 2018
Karen Sue (Turner) Olin Lewis
79 years old of Martinsville, IN passed away February 6, 2018. Karen was born in Indianapolis, IN on January 9, 1939 to the late Theodore and Clara C. (Walter) Turner.
Karen attended Butler University majoring in dance. She retired from a work career of Administrative support, specializing in payroll. Her true passion has always been through her expression of dance; as well as, her great love of family, nature and animals. Lake Cumberland was always her special paradise where she enjoyed boating, camping and water skiing with family. Another of Karen’s many passions were in sharing plants and gardening. One look at her landscape is evidence of her love for harmony and flowers. As her children were young, Karen was involved with local PTA, 4-H and Boy Scouts.
Giving from the heart was her specialty; whether to share home baked dishes/desserts, lending a kind ear for listening, or sharing her love for creatures of all kinds. She treasured many animals throughout her life, and loved them all. She loved life in so many ways
Karen danced her way through life beginning with ballet as a young girl, to competition in ballroom dancing, and entertaining. Her signing of God Bless America was always a favorite and powerful to watch. Karen was active 35 (plus) years in the continental dance club; (she and husband Ron were voted as King/Queen, served as public relations during their reign) She loved her lifelong activities in various music and dance groups. Over 20 years ago Ron and Karen created the group “Infinite Sounds” which offered classical and ballroom music from the 1920’s to the 50’s. Ultimately, Karen formed the group called “Showtime Entertainers” where she, Ron and several dear dance friends regularly performed various music and dance in themed events (such as Hawaiian, patriotic, western or holiday programs) for those in nursing, retirement, and senior centers. Karen’s love to create included her amazing talents in choreography and costume design. Karen not only designed many costumes but she made them as well. She gave her all as she and friends gave levity to others.
Karen is survived by her husband, Ronald K. Lewis, children, Franklin V. Olin [Heather M. Olin, Franklin Vinson Olin II], Kari S. (Olin) Mercer, [Brock E. Mercer] Carol(Jeffrey) Smithson, [Jeremy Herring, Zachary Herring, Joshua Herring, Jacob Herring], George(Penelope) Lewis,[ Kristine Gale, Mary Lewis, Eric Lewis], Michelle(George) Sigelakis, [Nikita Sigelakis, Lewis Sigelakis,] Heather(Charles) Pollock, [Nicholas Clark, Haley Clark, Leon Pollock,] Laura(Kyle) Dahncke,[ Johnah Dahncke, Benjamin Dahncke], and sister, Celia Johnson.
Visitation and Celebration of Life Services will be held in daughter Kari’s home in the afternoon of February 18th from 2 PM – 6 PM. 6250 Paradise Lake Road, Martinsville, IN 46151. Special prayers and healing hugs will be shared throughout the afternoon. (Karen loved hugs) The family welcomes others to share special memories and pictures, flash drive display will be available. Light refreshments will be shared as well. Karen wanted to share bright flowers and happy memories. Donations are welcome and will be presented in Karen’s name to her local oncology office in Mooresville.
So many in our community share her same difficult journey. We are able to direct donations to those in Central Indiana through the Franciscan Health Foundation.Their online giving link is: https://give.franciscanhealthfoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=379 (**please specify Cancer care/Oncology fund – write “in memory of Karen Lewis” on the tribute line) Cash or checks brought to her celebration of life will be presented to Franciscan Health Foundation as well. Karen and her family wish to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Ikhlaque and staff in Mooresville.
Services Arrangements and care entrusted to Simplicity Funeral and Cremation Care- Indianapolis