Karen D. West Hinton, 60, of Carmel, formerly of Seymour, met Jesus on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, surrounded by family following a long battle with cancer.
Born Jan. 18, 1955, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Lawrence West and Beverly Hunt Krumme-Jennings.
Karen was a member of Carmel Lutheran Church and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on March 30, 1969, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour. She was a 1973 graduate of Seymour High School and received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ball State University in 1977. Karen worked at Methodist Hospital, Beltway Surgery Center North and finished her 37-year career at IU North Hospital as a registered nurse.
Karen’s life purpose was to care for others. Whether through her long career as a nurse, her loyalty to friends or her unconditional love for her family, Karen was the true embodiment of Jesus’ teaching of a servant’s heart. She was a phenomenal, yet messy, cook; a caregiver to many; a strong advocate for those who needed a voice; a connoisseur of food; and a gentle, yet honest, adviser. She never knew a stranger and always believed that no matter the trial or tribulation, things would work out. Karen’s spirit and faith will continue to live on through all who interacted with her.
She looks down from heaven with a smile upon her mother, Beverly; children, Megan (Matthew) Pritchard and Daniel Hinton Paul; granddaughter, Addison Pritchard; brother, Galen (Mae) Krumme; sister, Nanette Burke; nieces, Ashley, Alisha, Emily and Mallory; and nephews, Michael and Logan.
She was greeted in heaven by her father, Lawrence West and stepfather, Henry “Hank” Krumme.
Karen’s confirmation verse: “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 NIV.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carmel Lutheran Church, 4850 E. Main St., Carmel, with Pastor Max Murphy officiating.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Carmel Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society through Voss and Sons Funeral Service in Seymour.
Online condolences may be made at vossfuneralservice.com.