Karen Casey Courtney
October 29, 1959 - September 8, 2023

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.




  • Stacy Statham Posted September 14, 2023 10:51 am

    Karen, my 1st Cousin on the Wilkes side of my family from Chester, SC. I have great memories of family gatherings during the holidays growing up. Karen was always fun to be around and was loved by all.
    In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

  • Robin Posted September 18, 2023 7:39 pm

    I couldn’t have asked for a better friend growing up. I loved spending time with Karen and her family. Although the miles separated us as adults, whenever we did get together we enjoyed talking and laughing about old times. My condolences to Jeff, Lauren, and Erin. May the peace of God give you comfort.

  • Denie Sidney Posted September 18, 2023 11:09 pm

    I am the parent of one of Mrs. Courtney’s former students, Mattison Sidney. Mrs. Courtney worked with my daughter for four years 2018-2022 at Connerton Elementary School. Her patience, kindness, empathy, and understanding for me and my daughter meant a lot. My daughter is severely disabled. Once I met Mrs. Courtney, I knew my child was in good hands. She went out of her to help my daughter. My heart broke when I heard of her death. My condolences go out to Mr. Jeff Courtney, your 2 daughters Lauren and Erin, the extended family, and even the cats. They made cameo appearances during Zoom classes. I pray you find comfort in the memories Mrs. Courtney. My daughter and I are better for having met Mrs. Courtney. My sincere sympathy and prayers are for peace and strength for the days ahead. I will never forget that she was a TEACHER and not a therapist. Sincerely, Denie Sidney–Mom & Mattison Grace–Student

  • Jan Beckham Hairr Posted September 19, 2023 7:27 pm

    A cousin is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. I take comfort in the memories we created together and the love and bond we shared. Your memory will be forever in my heart. I love you Karen.

  • Cristina Cage Posted September 22, 2023 8:01 am

    Karen was a joy to be around. I only knew her professionally, but no matter what role I was in, or how short our interaction, she was always took the time to be kind, happy, and positive. Karen was one of those people who brings a smile to your face just by walking in the room. She will be missed by everyone at Oakstead Elementary. My heart goes out to you for what her family has lost.

  • Mildred Kilpatrick Posted September 23, 2023 3:30 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of my family & Karen’s family camping. Her parents were friends with my
    family & there was always a good time had by all. We had 2 boys & the Caseys had 2 girls–Karen & Teah. We stayed friends throughout
    the years & I remember Jeff & the girls & sometimes I would see them when they came to visit Peggy. Karen was smart & fun to be around &
    I know she will be missed.

  • Kade ODonnell Posted September 24, 2023 10:11 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. We knew Karen through Oakstead Elementary, where she worked with our son, Jack, for the last 3 years. Karen always had such a kind, patient, gentle way about her. I know she helped touch the lives of so many children on her journey and we will always hold a special place in our hearts for her.

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