Karen Decker, 78

Karen L. Decker, 78, of Hope, passed away at 9:49 p.m. on Sunday, November 12,
2023 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. She was born on April 19, 1945
in Columbus, the daughter of Chester and Evabelle (Harden) Zeigler. She was
raised in Petersville and spent the majority of her life in Indiana. She was a
1963 graduate of Columbus High School and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Education from Franklin College and was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority.
Karen was a lifetime educator, a 4 th grade teacher, and was co-founder of Common
Ground which focused on conflict resolution and communication. She enjoyed
playing Scrabble, gardening, nature and spending time with her family. Karen
married Nevin Franklin “Pete” Decker, Jr. on May 31, 1968 at the Petersville
Methodist Church. He preceded in her in death on November 3, 2021. She is
survived by her son, Drew (Katie Lyons) Decker of Cincinnati, Ohio; sister, Jill
(Michael) Lucas of Columbus; brothers, John Zeigler and Jerry Zeigler both of
Columbus, grandson, Tyler (Tanna) Decker of Westport; and her cherished great
granddaughter, Tillie Decker of Westport. She was preceded in death by her
parents; son, Grant Decker and a brother, Steve Zeigler. Following her wishes
she will be cremated and there will be no service. Memorial contributions may be
made to St. Andrews Activity Fund or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana
through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made to the family at

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