Karen E. Devaisher
Karen Elaine Morrell Devaisher, 79, Avon, formerly of Evansville, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Westfield after a brief illness.
Born in Taylorville, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Milford H. and Marcella Denton Morrell.
She graduated early as valedictorian of her Witt High School class and married Ronald Lee Devaisher on July 27, 1958. Karen answered God’s call to ministry after serving for many years as church secretary at Newburgh and Epworth United Methodist churches while raising five children. After finishing her degree at the University of Evansville, while serving as part-time pastor at Pleasant Chapel and Boonville Faith congregations, she took on seminary at age 49. Pastor Karen, known as PK, graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with honors. She served as an ordained elder at Rockport First, Grandview, Pfrimmer’s Chapel and Avon United Methodist churches. After her retirement from parish ministry in 2012, Karen served as associate district superintendent of the Indianapolis District of the UMC through 2018 and served as interim pastor at Bethel UMC. Karen was a champion of missions, visiting countries on several continents, and serving her community was a lifelong priority that included board service at Fletcher Place, IU West Hospital, Otterbein Franklin and Mental Health of America in Hendricks County.
Karen received many awards, including Distinguished Alumnus of Louisville Seminary, the Harry Denman Evangelism Award and the Lydia Award from the South Indiana Conference of the UMC, and a key to the Town of Avon.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Brian Douglas.
Survivors include her husband, Ron; four daughters, Lori McConnell (Bruce) of Carmel, Lisa Arrieta (Rudy) of Panama City Beach, Fla., Linae Devaisher of Fishers and Leann Beaven (Michael) of Newburgh; a son, Len Devaisher (Laura) of Verona, Wis.; nine grandchildren, Duncan and Griffin McConnell, Daniel and Lydia Arrieta, Hannah, Caleb and Connor Beaven and Ruby and Henry Devaisher; a sister, Charline Dinkins; and a cousin who was like a sister, Bev Inman (Larry).
Visitation: Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Avon United Methodist Church.
Celebration of Life service: Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at the church.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the Pastor Karen Devaisher Scholarship fund at Avon United Methodist Church, 6850 E. U.S. Highway 36, Avon, IN 46123.