Karen Ann Harman

July 27, 1953February 16, 2018

Karen Ann Harman, 64, died on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Our Hospice in Columbus, Indiana. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family and friends carried her through a grueling sickness. Yet, throughout her own struggle, she reached out to others in need through prayer, homemade cards, phone calls, and donations.

Karen was born on July 27, 1953 to Duane and Marlyn (Hurst) Lemmons. She was raised in Rush and Shelby Counties. She was the oldest of her siblings, Gary (Diana) Lemmons of Shelbyville, Gregg (Melody) Lemmons of Manila, and Dan (Pam) Lemmons of Waldron.

After graduating from Waldron High School and attending Ball State University, she met Joseph Harman, her husband of 44 years. With determination, she managed to work full time while raising a family and attending college to finish and further her degree through the University of Indianapolis. Her husband, Joe, daughter, Erika (Travis) East of Columbus, son, Grant Harman of Carmel, and grandchildren, Owen, Ella, and Anna East remember her as a woman with a servant’s heart who loved them with her entire being. She is survived by her father, husband, siblings, children and grandchildren.

Known for her dedication to patient care, Karen worked at Columbus Regional Hospital for 43 years. Most of those years were spent as a surgical nurse in the operating room, but she spent the last 3.5 years as the supervisor of the Central Processing Department. Patient care drove her every decision in all facets of her career. Caring for others went hand in hand with Karen’s passion for promoting Christ through serving in church, participating in mission work, and loving her family with her grandchildren at the forefront of that love.

A memorial service for Karen will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Ogilville Christian Church at 5 pm. Friends may call from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday prior to service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ogilville Christian Church Missions, Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation for the Surgery Department, or the ALS foundation. Karen tried to live by the Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated. In effect, do a loving act of kindness, make someone laugh, send a card, give a hug, or say “I love you” to your special friend in her memory.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 24, 2018

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Susan Dewan

February 27, 2018

When we first moved into the neighborhood, you both showed us such kindness by plowing our driveway when it snowed and then Karen sharing her delicious special pastry with us at Christmas! What a beautiful tradition to have! We so appreciated you both making us feel welcomed. I enjoyed and looked forward to getting to know Karen better after she semi-retired and we started meeting together once a week for crafting or running around together. I was much in need of a friend and she was willing, I thank God for that blessing.

You are all a strong family and we know you will continue to be there for each other. Joe, we know you will be a blessing to your family as you are a part of your children's and grandchildren's lives. Grandchildren especially need the support of a good, loving grandparent to better survive in this world. May God continue to bless and guide you - Rahul and Susan

Cindy Hotz

February 24, 2018

Joe and family- Such a sad time for us all and especially for you. Karen and I had so many great times together from conferences in Atlanta, Chicago and New Orleans. We took many classes together- tole painting, quilting... Karen was a coworker & close friend. We were the first nurses in the OR to get our level 3 in nursing, working together & supporting each other. I am so sad that I am out of town & unable to attend the services but I know Karen would understand. She is blessed now to have joined the Lord and we will see her again. Love in Christ, Cindy

Cindy Moore

February 21, 2018

Please accept my most sincere sympathy in the passing of your precious wife and mother. I knew her through working at CRH and also Bible Study Fellowship. Karen's faith was evident in her beautiful smile and countenance.

Frank & Jenny Miller

February 21, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss,our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.

Norbert and Darlene Jasper

February 20, 2018

Joe, we are so sorry to hear about Karen. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jodi Owen

February 20, 2018

I remember Karen as a brand new nurse to the OR at CRH. She has always been people and patient oriented. Her family was her life. She will be missed by many but the Lord has a special person in his kingdom forever. My prayers are with the family at this time, but Karen will always be looking out for you.

Sharon Hoffman

February 20, 2018

Karen was a very special woman and an inspiration to me. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. Her loving spirit will live on in you!

Archie & Pam Kappel

February 19, 2018

Joe, Pam and I are so sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cheryl Crisp

February 19, 2018

Karen used to keep me occupied at little league games while our brothers played ball. I knew her first from Mt. Pisgah. Then from Waldron. I always looked up to her. We shared a little be of God and nursing! I send my prayers to the family. I know she will be dearly missed!

Bob and Nancy Purvis

February 19, 2018

Joe, Bob and I are so sorry to hear about Karen. I had no idea that she was sick and in Hospice. We are praying for you and your family.