Wilmington - Karen Elaine Ely, born January 31st, 1965, daughter of Edwina Richards and the late Karl E. Ely Sr., step-daughter of Donald Richards, was called Home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018.
Karen’s passion to help others led to an education in Criminal Justice wherein she received her Master’s Degree shortly before passing. Throughout her career as a CPS and Social Worker for the State of Delaware, she worked with a crew of wonderful people to uplift the community and those around them.
Karen had a heart made of gold and a will of steel. Her compassion knew no bounds. It never mattered how well she knew you, she would be willing to give you the shirt off her own back. A mother, daughter, sister, lover, and friend, she was well loved by everyone she encountered.
Karen was preceded in death by her longtime partner of twenty-six years, Oscar W. Adkins and her father Karl E. Ely Sr.
Karen was survived by her three children, Jordan, Steven, and Jared Adkins, as well as her beloved fur-grand-baby, Oliver. She is also survived by her mother and step-father, Edwina and Donald Richards, her two sisters and one brother, Rosemarie Sterling, Kristen E. Ely, and Karl E. Ely Jr. as well as a large collection of family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 9, at 1pm, at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Homes, 3710 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington. Family and friends are invite to attend the calling hours Monday at the funeral home from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Burial will be private.