Karen L. Smalley, 73, a longtime resident of Celina and resident of Otterbein Saint Marys, died suddenly on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, in the emergency department of Mercer Health, Coldwater, Ohio.
She was born February 1, 1946, in Celina, the daughter of Edgar and Mary K. (Birt) Smalley.
She was a 1964 graduate of Celina High School and a 1967 graduate of the Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing. Karen was a registered nurse, serving first in the United States Air Force. She then worked at the Cleveland Clinic before returning to Celina and was employed as a registered nurse with Mercer Health for 31 years.
Karen is survived by her son , Ryan (Lisa Hastings) Smalley of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin; by her siblings: Charlotte Ricard of Saint Marys; Ed (Judy) Smalley of Willoughby, Ohio; Liz (Mark) Hoelscher of Fort Loramie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; by a brother-in-law, Reverend Don Ricard; a nephew, Joe Ricard.
She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Celina. She enjoyed watching the Cleveland Browns and the OSU Buckeyes. Karen was very dedicated to her family and her beloved Boston Terrier, Maggie.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held at Otterbein Saint Marys at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue Team, PO Box 297, Kent City, Michigan, 49330.
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Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, Saint Marys, is entrusted with Karen’s funeral arrangements.
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