Karon (Willis) Crandall passed away unexpectedly on January 9, 2013. She was born in Winchester, Indiana on December 9, 1944, daughter of James and Rosalie (Shockney) Willis. Karon attended high school in Union City and graduated from Ball State with a nursing degree. She worked as an occupational health nurse throughout her adult life, most recently on an occasional basis for Community Health. The majority of her career was spent working as plant nurse at various area General Motors divisions. It was during her time at Guide Lamp that she met her beloved husband Al and they were married on February 19, 1994. They spent over twenty years together and shared a unique bond of intellectual curiosity that all friends and family can attest. Their home is in Pendleton and they have enjoyed maintaining their home together with remodeling projects, working on their hobbies – woodturning for Al and sewing for Karon, entertaining friends, and playing bridge as much as possible. Karon was an accomplished seamstress and loved to teach and share her sewing skills with others. Bridesmaid dresses, custom draperies, clothes alterations, even Batman capes, or anything for a new baby were common sewing projects that Karon loved.
Karon had a remarkable ability to maintain family connections and friendships throughout her life. Childhood, high school, and nursing school friendships were maintained and cherished. She thoroughly enjoyed helping to plan and attend reunions and visits with friends and family, and even extended family. To the amazement of many, Karon didn’t hesitate to drive herself across the country in order to spend time with those she loved dearly. She recently returned from a trip to Austin, TX, visiting her daughters and all of the friends she has made there during previous trips. In fact, she was beginning to make a name for herself in Flatonia, TX, as she often placed with the top winners of the big Czhilispiel pie baking contest. Her pies would auction for a high price, raising money for the town’s high school scholarships. Karon also easily connected to new people, such as when she made the time to volunteer for an adult literacy program and used her teaching skills to help others accomplish their goal of learning to read. She recently enjoyed her involvement with the American Sewing Guild.
Karon was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include husband Al; brother Brian Willis, Louisville, KY; children Amy (Todd) Fairchild, Wausau, WI, Stacey (Gunter) Woodson, Austin, TX, Lisa (Jay) Kirtley, Flatonia, TX, Steven Crandall, Sacramento, CA, Valerie (Rick) Robertson, Anderson, IN, her brother-in-law David (Ev) Anderson, IN, and nephew David (Maylene) Crandall, Anderson, IN. Karon adored her six grandchildren Luke, Will, and Charlie Fairchild, Travis and Tyler Kirtley, Rachel (Matt) Shenk, and was recently blessed with a great-grandson, Jesse Shenk. Also surviving are her first cousins, who were more like siblings to her: Kevin (Faye) Roach of Muncie, IN, Celynda (Brian Pete) Roach of Boise, ID, Tina (Matt) Bauters of Mishawaka, IN, Marsha (Mike) Neal of Phoenix, AZ, Bob Stump, Tampa, FL, Gwyn (Terry) McNally, Anderson, IN, Don (Pat) Willis, Troy, OH, Ken (Cathy) Willis, Troy, OH, Dave Whitenack, Henderson, NV, Patty (Tom) Barnes, Eaton, OH, and Terry (Carolyn) Whitenack, Union City, IN. Another first cousin Barb (J.R.) Livingston, Union City, OH, is deceased. And her cousins’ children were dearly loved by Karon as well. A private service was held on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home in Anderson. A memorial service to celebrate Karon’s life is being planned for spring, to be announced at a later date, where friends and family can gather together to share their photos and memories of this wonderful, giving, and deeply loved wife, mother, sister, cousin, aunt, and friend. She will be missed greatly by all who have known her. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Karon Crandall December 9, 1944 – January 9, 2013
Celebration of Life date announced: Please join us as we celebrate a life well lived. Sunday, June 23, 2013, anytime between Noon and 5:00 p.m. Program at Noon, followed by lunch refreshments and Karon’s famous homemade desserts at Falls Park Community Center, 299 Falls Park Drive, Pendleton, IN.