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Karen Margaret


April 18, 1952  - March 29, 2024

Karen M. Lawless of Stevensville, MD passed away surrounded by loving family on March 29, 2024.  Karen, age 71, was born on April 18, 1952 in Cairo, Egypt to the late Deaner K. Lawless, Sr. and Margaret C. Lawless.  

She was loved by everyone she met.  She is survived by her loving partner of 50 years, Donald L. Fink as well as two brothers and one sister:  Deaner K. Lawless, Jr, wife Sheila; James A. Lawless, wife, Janet; Jeanne M. Snyder, husband, Ells; sister-in-laws:  Virginia Pearson and Cathy Mcferren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and nephews.  

Karen’s personality was pure Sunshine and she put Sunshine into everyone’s life that she touched.  Her career included 40 years of sales at Asbury Methodist Home in Gaithersburg, MD where she was honored Sales Person of the year several times.  She loved what she did and found it hard to retire.  After her retirement, Don and she relocated to a home overlooking the Chesapeake Bay where she continued to persue the things that she loved the most. Her interests included photography, graphic and interior design, home remodeling, reading, puzzles, creative sewing, travel and spoiling family.  She has been to all of the U.S. states and Canada. The last couple of years, she enjoyed cruises to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Panama Canal and Virgin Islands.  The next adventure that she was planning was to return to the shadows of the Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt where she was born.  Her Sunshine will continue to be bright forever and never forgotten.  

The family will be receiving friends from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Friday, April 12th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville, MD, where a Mass will follow at 5:00 PM said by Father Val, lifelong friend and priest.  

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  


Friday, April 12, 2024

Family will receive friends from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mass to begin at 5:00 PM

St. Mary's Catholic Church

18230 Barnesville Rd,

Barnesville, MD 20838


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From:  Shelley B Welter

Sending my deepest prayers for Donald and family, during this time of sad personal loss. God bless

From:  Cris Sutton

Karen was a wonderful person and Asbury was lucky to have her in the Marketing Department. She always made each client feel very special. She will be missed by all. Blessings to the whole family

From:  Danny

Suzanne and I send our deepest condolences to Donald and her family! With the exception of her siblings, I probably knew Karen the longest. Her parent's were my Godparents and we moved from Iowa to Gaithersburg to be near them. Karen was a joy to be around! A breath of fresh air she be! Sympathy's to the entire family! Say hello to our parents!

From:  Doñna Elgin

Karen always had a smile on her face. A very caring and kind classmate. Class of 1970!!!!! She will so be missed by family and friends. So very sorry for your loss. Love, Donna Elgin

From:  Karen Hodge

Had the honor of working with Karen at Asbury years ago. She was a delightful team member dedicated to making the move to retirement less stressful for thousands over her career. Peace be with you

From:  Darlene Umberger

Sending my deepest condolences to Karen's partner, family, and friends. Karen was a ray of sunshine. We had a great time at our 1970 reunion. She will be missed. Love, hugs and prayers. RIP Karen.

From: The Hilton Family

Our deepest condolences to your family. 

From:  Carol Butler Lawson

My memories of Karen are of the many years she would bring her mom back to St Mary’s for the July/October dinners. They always stopped by my stand to chat and I remember thinking how thoughtful it was for Karen to do that since she had attended that church for so many years. Rest in peace Karen.

From:  Helen Braxton

I had the honor to work with Karen at Asbury many years ago. She was always a light, bright sunshine, always caring. May the Lord be with the Lord be with her family.

From:  Ruby(Lee)Williams

We went to Poolesville High School together. What a beautiful, beautiful person. Thanks for being a Bright shining light.

From:  Beverly D Arnold

Sending my sincerest condolences to Karen’s loved ones. She was a beautiful person…. inside and out and a good friend to all. So Thankful she came to the Class of ‘70 reunion in 2020. It was a joy to see her and chat. Rest in peace beautiful lady!

From:  Florence Giauque Parkhill

Such a loss! She was a beautiful woman, inside and out and everyone that knew her loved her so much! She’s was my best forever friend and I loved/love her dearly. I’ll never forget her! My heart goes out to all her loved ones!! Rest peacefully sweet girl!!!!! Love you!

From:  Deborah Stellato

Karen has been my good friend since high school. I was devastated to hear of her passing. She was kind and funny and smart and always had a smile for people she met. I love her and I will always treasure the memories of our times together, whether at home or having fun being "out and about." My condolences to Don . I know he will be lost without her.

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