---- — Mrs. Karen Kay Ruark, 68, of Lebanon, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at her residence.
Karen was born Oct. 18, 1945, in Lebanon. She was the daughter of now the late Franklin and Mary Jean (Linn) Linton. A lifelong resident of Lebanon, she attended Lebanon High School.
She married Gilbert Lee “Gib” Ruark on Sept. 3, 1970, in Shelbyville. Mr. Ruark passed away on Jan. 3, 2006.
For 35 years, Karen worked as an executive secretary for Dow Chemical. She then went to work for Crystal Flash Petroleum in the sales department, and was there for 12 years until she retired in 2006.
Karen was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed going out to eat with friends, playing the penny slots at casinos, planting flowers and gardening.
She was a member of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Lebanon, Lebanon Elks Lodge # 635 Auxiliary and the Lebanon Eagles Auxiliary.
Survivors include son, Robert L. (Charyl) Ruark of Lebanon; stepdaughter, Karen Kay Blanton of Lebanon; brother, Larry L. (companion, Sue Marsh) of Lebanon; sister, Sandra Breedlove of Lebanon; three grandchildren, Paul Dixon, Kian Ruark and Corey Ruark; and great-granddaughter, Lexi Dixon.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother-in-law, Ray Breedlove.
Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Myers Chapel of Memories. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Elks Cancer Fund, 215 Lafayette Ave., Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.