Karen Faye Boggs Branham


Karen Faye Boggs Branham, 77, of North Vernon, passed away Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at her residence.

Born March 16, 1938, in Vernon, she was the daughter of James and Bernadine Welker Boggs. She graduated from Vernon High School and later married John “Bob” Branham on May 10, 1980, and he survives.

Karen owned and operated the Vernon Tea House. She had taught cake decorating in Columbus and Shelbyville and in vocational schools in Greensburg and Versailles. She also taught tole painting. She had worked as a substitute teacher for Jennings County Schools, helped her daughter at Collins Cove Greenhouse and had worked at Kelley’s Greenhouse and Davidson Florist. She was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church, White River Painting Club, Vernon Clionian Society and Eastern Star 183 – North Vernon Chapter.

Survivors include her husband, Bob; son, Scott (Annette) Perkins of Westport; daughter, Stacy (Ron) Collins of North Vernon; stepchildren, Phillis (Bob) St. John of Georgia, Ronda (Greg) Phillips of Deputy and John Branham of California; sisters, Betha Beck and Kay Brown, both of North Vernon; brother, Randy Boggs of North Vernon; 12 grandchildren, Summer (Justin) Arnholt, Sasha Collins, Shannon (Kasey) Collins, Jessica (Troy) Grimes, Matt Perkins, Lisa Perkins, Amy Pereira, Mickey Richardson, Jill Gerth, Tyler Branham and Jennifer and Raymond Galloway; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Steven Perkins; stepdaughter, Dawn Branham Galloway; five brothers, Edward, Carlos, Franklin, Charles and Douglas “Butch” Boggs; and two sisters, Suetta Boggs and Sarah Boggs Grimes.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service with the Rev. Al Davisson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Southern Indiana Baptist Youth Camp.

Friends are invited to light a virtual candle or leave a message of condolence at sawyerfuneralservice.com.