Karen Mae Hardin passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the age of 81. Born in Michigan on Sept. 11, 1940, Karen moved around Metro Detroit before graduating from Fordson High School in 1958. For work, she was an assessor for the City of Westland and became City Assessor, and then she worked as an appraiser for Wayne County Government. She retired in 2002 and moved to Lebanon, Tenn., where she lived close to her family.
Karen was active in her church and devout in her faith. She participated in political and volunteer work that she felt called to do, including volunteering with the Pregnancy Help Center of Smith County, TN. She loved to play dominoes and Scrabble with her grandchildren, to whom she was known as “Gram.” She is survived by her three daughters and son—Lisa Robinson, Steven Barnes, Lynn Belecki, and Lana Borck—and 25 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pregnancy Help Center of Smith County, TN.