Karen Louise Stone

October 22, 1950November 17, 2020

Karen Beans Stone, 70, of St. Simons Island, Ga. passed away Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 after a stay at Brunswick's SE Hospital and a difficult period with RA inflammation that progressed into lung disease. She fought valiantly for 77 days.

Karen was born in 1950 in New Philadelphia, Ohio to the late George and Ruby Beans. Survivors include her husband, David Stone who considered her the absolute love of his life for these past 50 years. She will be remembered for her enthusiasm of life, her beautiful blue eyes and smile for absolutely everyone she ever met. She leaves a brother, Ron (Cindy) Beans of Dover, Ohio, nephew and niece, Adam (Amber) Beans, and Erin Beans, as well as David's sister, Marti (Ray) Nist of Canton, Ohio, and his brother, Tim Stone (Carla) of Zoarville, Ohio. There are many loving cousins, aunts, uncles, and Stone side nephews and nieces.

Karen was a graduate of Indian Valley North HS, Kent State University with a degree in History and Library Science and had her masters in Library Science from Mt St Josephs. She was Media Specialist at Alliance HS for 13 years, in Alliance, Ohio, 13 years at Smithville HS in Smithville, Ohio and after moving to St. Simons Island, Ga, 10 years at Jane Macon Middle School where she retired in 2008. Karen was a voracious, speed reader and member of the Literary Guild, a member of the Golden Isles Track Club where she served as VP, was the 15 year Chairperson of the Sunshine Festival 5K where she increased participation from around 145 runners to nearly 1100 runners, walkers and One Milers. She delighted in helping local High Schools runners with uniforms and scholarships as well as other organizations such as Girls on the Run, The Land Trust, and Sparrow's Nest. Always a generous party giver she delighted in having a near annual St Patrick's Day party. With Dave they traveled to Europe multiple times, all on self planned trips from Frommers Travel Guide and Lonely Planet, all keeping their rule of one country-one month. They hosted exchange students from Brazil, Spain and Germany and visited all. Their travels included Australia, S. America, four trips to Mexico including the seldom driven 900 mile long Mexican Riviera and a train trip across the Copper Canyon.

The family regrets these Covid conditions and plans to have a gathering of friends at St. Simons Island's Palm Coasts' Courtyard at a later date when all will be welcomed. Karen was truly a remarkable human being. She added only peace and love to this earth and was a giver not a taker. She will be with us all in spirit forever.

Edo Miller, of Brunswick, Ga. is in charge of cremation and Karen's ashes will be spread at the historic Zoar Cemetery in Zoar, Ohio, home of the longest lasting Commune in American history. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Habitat for Humanity 322 W. Lamar St. , Americus, GA 31709.



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Tina Mandrioli

November 30, 2020

You were a great person and willing to help out wherever needed. I remember sharing some birthdays, St Patrick's Days, and Xmas parties with you and you will be greatly missed. Tina

Ann Willams

November 30, 2020

How can I express my feeling of grief at the loss of a dear friend whom I have known for over 26 years. I always enjoyed every activity headed up by Karen . All my memories are joyful whether it was stuffing bags at her house or having drinks and lunch at Mellow Mushroom. There will always be a gap in my life where she once occupied.

Greg Carver

November 30, 2020

Karen always engaged in a friendly conversation and a smile. She was interested in organizing and giving back to the community and for many years she was the Race Director of the Sunshine Festival 5K Race on St Simons Island. I will always remember her for the countless hours and coordination efforts, year after year, to assure that the Golden Isles Track Club expanded this race and grew it to an annual event that locals and visitors to the island looked forward to as part of their July 4 holiday. The proceeds from this event have benefited many high school students and various organizations in the area. Karen will be kindly remembered and sorely missed.

Beatriz Roveratti

November 30, 2020

I'm the exchange student that lived with Dave and Karen in 1982. Karen was a fantastic host mother. Always worried to get me the best, to show me the country, to teach me new English words and expressions. i'm very grateful for the time I spent with them. I learned a lot and had the best experience of my life. I was very lucky to have Karen and Dave on my way. I came back in 1983 and they came to visit me in Brazil. I also had the chance to go back to US and see them for a few other times, especially in St Simon, with my husband Marcel. I always remember Karen as one of the sweetiest person that crossed my life in USA. It's difficult to understand this passage, but that's life. God gives Dave the support he needs to move on! Bless you! We will miss Karen.

Susan Hogan

November 29, 2020

I have fond memories of attending a Golden Isles Track Club party at Dave and Karen's home with my father. I recall Karen's warmth, smile, and the genuine interest she took in me. She had a way of making others feel valued. She will be deeply missed.
Susan (Susie) Hogan

Pam Miller

November 29, 2020

I will always have fond memories of Karen. She always had a smile for us. Even though I only knew her for few years, it felt like much longer. She always made Ed and I feel welcomed at any event the track club held., Dave, you have our deepest sympathy. She will be missed by all.

Ed and Pam Miller

Toni Tennent

November 29, 2020

Mike and I will always remember Karen for all the 4th of July races: stuffing race packets, meeting in the dark to set up, cleaning up the mess after the race, and meeting to eat after. We will miss her.

Catherine Simprini

November 29, 2020

I'll always remember Karen walking her beautiful German Shepard Sophie. We were neighbors on Dunbar Creek Point so I saw the two of them almost every day. I enjoyed working with her in the Golden Isles Track Club on the scholarship committee and of course the 4th of July Sunshine Festival.
One of our first track parties was the almost annual St Patrick's Day party that she and Dave hosted.

Thomas Halley

November 29, 2020

I first met Karen through the Golden Isles Track Club and then learned we were all Mallery Street residents. Karen was a wonderful and friendly person. She was a mentor to me (SSI Sunshine Festival 5K, Co-Race Director responsibilities). Whether we crossed paths at Winn-Dixie, Starbucks or walking our dogs in Mallery Street Park, she was always smiling. We shall miss her. Sincerely, Thomas, Judy and Atticus Halley.

Heather Weisel

November 28, 2020

One of my favorite memories of Aunt Karen was passing on her love of books & reading by giving us neices & nephews a new book each year for Christmas. But it wasn’t just any regular book, most often they were classics that had been signed by the authors themselves. I still have several of them today.


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