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Karen E. (Grafton) McGrady

December 11, 1949 ~ June 3, 2017 (age 67)

Karen E. McGrady, 67, of Worthington, passed into eternal life with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, June 3rd, at the Butler VNA Hospice after an extended battle with cancer. She was born on December 11, 1949, to Glenn and Rhea (Kissick) Grafton.  Karen was a graduate of Freeport High School where she was an accomplished vocalist in the chorus and participated in Pennsylvania All-State Chorus.  Karen was a committed follower of Jesus Christ and an active member of Bright Hope Community Church in Butler, where she faithfully served as a Sunday School teacher, in the nursery, and sang as part of the Worship Team. She enjoyed reading her Bible; spending time with her family; music; cooking and baking; farming and gardening; watching her grandchildren participate in sports, plays, musicals, and taekwondo; supporting the Pro-Life cause; and sharing her faith in Jesus Christ with people everywhere. She was a stay-at-home Mom who poured her life and her faith into her children and grandchildren. She also worked as an art teacher at Grace Christian School.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, Lt. Col. Richard B. McGrady.  She is survived by a daughter, Andrea B. and R. Scott Petras, of Worthington; and a son, Christopher R. and Justi D. McGrady, of Butler. She was a beloved Nanny to her seven grandchildren, Brandon, Joshua, Erica and Michael Petras, and Gavin, Mia and Josi McGrady. She is also survived by a sister, Sandra Grafton of Louisville, KY, and three brothers, Timothy (Darla) Grafton of Worthington, Gary (Cynthia) Grafton of Parker, Kevin Grafton of Freeport; and by many nephews and nieces, whom she loved. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Rhea (Kissick) Grafton; and by a son, Nathan Daniel McGrady. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 5 at the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 119 Bear St., Worthington. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, June 6 at 11 a.m. at Bright Hope Community Church, 4101 Highland Ave, Butler, PA with Pastor Paul Hoover and Pastor Chris McGrady officiating. Interment will be in Worthington Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Bright Hope Community Church, 4101 Highland Ave., Butler, PA 16001 and to Grace Christian School, 215 Arthur St. Kittanning, PA 16201.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Bright Hope Community Church
4101 Highland Avenue, Butler PA 16001

Grace Christian School
215 Arthur Street, Kittanning PA 16201

 Service Information

June 5, 2017

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
119 Bear Street
Worthington, PA 16262

Funeral Service
June 6, 2017

11:00 AM
Bright Hope Community Church
4101 Highland Avenue
Butler, PA 16001

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