Ila Karen Shoemaker, 78, lost her battle with congestive heart failure late Monday night, June 19, 2017. She was born at Witham Hospital on May 16, 1939, in Lebanon, the daughter of the now late Raleigh Kouns Sr. and Mildred (Wilson) Kouns.
Karen was raised in Zionsville and graduated from Zionsville High School.
On Sept. 15, 1957, she was married to John William Shoemaker at the Zionsville Christian Church. They were married 53 years before John's passing on April 11, 2011.
Prior to raising her family, she had worked at American States Insurance Company in Indianapolis. While she was a stay-at-home mom, she volunteered in the crib room at Central Christian Church and taught Sunday school for three- and four-year-olds.
Karen was a Brownie leader and a Girl Scout district cookie mother. She was a member of the Home Economics Club; Jaycees; and Newcomers Club, serving as president.
Her passions included reading, teaching herself to cook, and above all, her family. She was the spoke of the family wheel; she chauffeured her girls to their activities including dance and piano lessons, Scouts, 4-H, and horse and dog shows.
Karen and her husband owned and operated Boone Mutual Agency in Lebanon. Together they also enjoyed wintering in Florida.
She was an antique dealer for many years, traveling to antiques shows. In later years, she and her husband owned Countryside Antique Mall and John W. Shoemaker Auctioneer Service, where she clerked and cashiered.
Always a hostess, Karen always enjoyed serving as hostess, planning and preparing food for family dinners and parties, and keeping John and the girls in line and on task.
Survivors include three daughters, V. Lyn Boevers and husband, Randy, of Ft. Gibson, Okla., Susan J. Neese and husband, Michael, of Thorntown, and Marcy K. Scott and husband, Todd, of Thorntown; six grandchildren, John L. Boevers and wife, Jennifer, of Wynnewood, Okla., Amanda S. Trent and husband, Tyler, of Jamestown, Casey N. McClelland and husband, Billy, of Otisco, John R. Scott and wife, Sarah, of Rossville, Ila Sue Robinson and husband, Adam, of Frankfort and Levi T. Scott of Thorntown; five great-grandchildren, Evan M. Trent, Kylee L. Trent, Zoey G. Trent, Joseph Ryan Sutphin and Ava A. Scott; and brother, Raleigh Kouns Jr. and wife, Barbara Jean, of Zionsville.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Friday, June 23, at the mortuary. Interment will follow at Mts. Runn Cemetery, rural Zionsville.
Memorials may be made to the Boone County 4-H Clubs, 1300 E. 100 S, Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.
Published on June 20, 2017