Karen M. Amison, 45, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 at her home in Wakulla County, Crawfordville, where she had lived for 11 years after moving from Leon County.
She was born in Apalachicola to Kitturah Amison and the late Eddie Amison. Karen is survived by brother David Amison (Theresa), sister Katherine Edenfield (Lee), sister Becky Podnode (Bobby), brother Tim Amison (Ava), and brother Joe Amison (Blanche); nephews Phillip Hill, Jr., Christopher Glenn Cobb, James Cobb, David Amison, Craig Amison and a host of other nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father, Eddie Amison, and her maternal grandparents: Harley Hamilton and Maggie Hamilton, of Walton County, and paternal grandparents Elbert Maudlin and Mary Maudlin, of Bay County.
Karen was a 1986 graduate of Apalachicola High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in 1991 and a master’s degree in elementary education in 1999, both from Florida State University.
She was employed with the Wakulla County School Board for 22 years. She taught for 11 years at Shadeville Elementary School where she was third and fifth grade team leader, Sunshine Committee chairperson, School Safety Patrol chairperson, Golden Whistle Award recipient, Science Fair sponsor, and supervising teacher to multiple interns.
She later transferred to Wakulla Middle School where she also taught for 11 years. Karen served as the National Junior Honor Society sponsor, the assistant track and volleyball coach and was the school-site representative for the Wakulla County Teachers’ Association. During her years as an educator, she served as a Delta Kappa Gamma committee chairperson and later as president of the Gamma Eta chapter; having been an active member for 16 years. She was also selected by her peers as Teacher of the Month for February 2013.
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Tallahassee. Karen loved and enjoyed traveling, the only thing she loved more were her students, many of whom she remained in contact with even after their graduation from high school and college. She considered her students her children, and her interest in their wellbeing extended beyond the classroom. She once wrote, “Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. We can learn from students as they learn from us.”
Visitation is Thursday, March 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel in Crawfordville, which is assisting the family with arrangements.
Funeral services are Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville. Services will be officiated by Pastor Joel Russow of Faith Lutheran Church, Tallahassee. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola.
Active pallbearers are Michael Barwick, Christopher Cobb, Logan Crouch, Tolar Griffin, Josh Sandgren, and Larry Shiver. Honorary pallbearers are Lee Edenfield, Phillip Hill, Jr., and David Amison.