Karen Passons (ne
Dilworth) passed away May 23, 2020, surrounded by family and special friend,
Ed Samples, at her Mt. Juliet, TN, home after a two-year battle with cancer.
Following a chemotherapy regimen, she volunteered to participate in a trial
group seeking a possible cure.
She was born May
24, 1954, in Baltimore, MD, the daughter of Herbert Dilworth, Jr. (deceased)
and Juetta Dilworth who survives.
Karen is also
survived by sisters Alicia (Kevin) Brennan, Chesterton, IN; Susan Johnson,
Ypsilanti, Michigan; and brother Bert (Jenny) Dilworth, Michigan City, IN.
She had two nieces, Michelle Johnson and Katie (Josh) Malone and two
nephews, Mark (Renee) Brennan and Tim Johnson.
from Chesterton High School in 1972 and Indiana University in 1976 with a
degree in Journalism, which led to a career with Curtis Publishing.
Throughout her entire adult life she was very active in animal rescue in the
Nashville area. And as a dedicated dog breeder and trainer, both Karen and
her kennel were well-known throughout the U.S. Many of her dogs even won
Karen was equally
compassionate when it came to the needs of folks who found themselves in
dire straits. For instance, she willingly opened her home for many months to
several strangers during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She was also
involved in various outreach ministries as a member of Providence Methodist
Church in Mt. Juliet, where she served as a greeter.
A memorial service
will be held in her honor later this year.