Karen S. Slade

Died Aug. 18, 2017


Karen Sue Slade, 71, passed away Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at her home in West Branch. Karen lived in West Branch since 1981, formerly of Pontiac.

She was born Jan. 17, 1946, to Florence and Lawrence McKee in Pontiac. She was a vestry member, Sunday school leader and lay minister at the Trinity Episcopal Church in West

Branch for many years. Karen enjoyed working with seniors at the Ogemaw and Roscommon

commissions on aging for more than 25 years. She helped start and run the Children's Community Garden in West Branch. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, birdwatching, singing and dancing.

Karen is survived by her husband, Allen Slade of West Branch; daughters, Kasie Garside, Julie (Jeff) DeColumna, Amanda Slade and Jennifer (Joe) Rough; and sons, Jeffrey Laidlaw, Scott Laidlaw, Artie Slade and Andy Slade; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, from 11 a.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. The Rev. Brian Chace will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the commission on aging of West Branch or Roscommon. Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com.


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