Karen Casey Courtney, world’s best Mom and wife, lived life to the fullest until the good Lord called her home on September 8, after a vicious fight with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Karen made her way peacefully to heaven with family and friends by her side and listening to her favorite tunes.
Karen was born in October 1959 in Chester, South Carolina to Milford and Peggy Casey. She received her Bachelor’s degree in business from Winthrop University in Rockhill, South Carolina, and then moved to North Carolina for work, where she met her lifetime love, Jeff. Karen and Jeff were married in 1990, welcomed their two daughters in 1992 and 1994, and relocated to Florida in 2002. Karen began a career in teaching after moving to Florida, where she spent 17 years devoted to creating opportunities for the students of Pasco County.
Karen loved animals, the outdoors, and grew up swimming, riding horses and mini bikes. She never met a stranger, making friends wherever she went. Conversation with Karen was easy–she had a welcoming smile, contagious laughter, and an unparalleled listening ability. She was caring, compassionate, smart, funny, and the best whistler and researcher around. She loved a good joke, a funny cat video, and spending time with her girls and husband.
Karen will be dearly missed by her husband of 33 years, Jeff Courtney, her two daughters, Lauren and Erin Courtney, her cat, Ivy and grand-cat, Ellie, as well as many family members and friends.
Karen’s celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, beginning with visitation at 12:00PM. The service will begin at 1:00PM at Michels-Lundquist Funeral Home, 5228 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, Florida 34652. Please feel free to dress casually, and wear blue in honor of Karen’s favorite color.