Mrs. Karen S Archbold
Karen Sue Archbold, 81, of Apopka, Florida went home peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 18, 2021. Mrs. Archbold was born March 15, 1940 in Peterburg, Indiana to the late Elbert and Elsie Fox. She is survived by her loving husband, James L. “Jim” Archbold and would have been married 58 years this August. She also leaves behind two daughters, Kristine Sue Archbold and Kathleen S Dufrene both Florida residents as well as two grandchildren, Amie Jacqueline Archbold and Austen James MacFarlane. She will be missed by her elder sibling, Sylvia Fox Hardin and her children, Tim Hardin and Susan Smith as well as many nieces and nephews.
Additionally, she will be missed by her extended family which includes Peggy York, Doris Fellows, Louis Archbold, Julie Beard, Diana Cooper, John Steven Fellows(Annette), Brian Fellows, numerous beloved nieces and nephews, and John MacFarlane. She is preceded in death by her in-laws: Charles E. Archbold(Mildred) and Dorothy Archbold, Steven Dufrene, George Hardin, Correna Archbold Wininger(Don),George York, nephew, Richard Wininger and niece, Michelle Fellows as well as 3 beloved great nieces.
Mrs. Archbold has cared for others her entire life. After attending an Intensive Nurse Training Course in Sterling, Illinois she became a Licensed Practical Nurse working steadily for over 40 years at the hospitals in both Illinois and Florida.
In her retirement she was a tireless advocate and Peer to Peer Counselor within NAMIGO, The National Alliance of Mental Illness of Greater Orlando and humbly served her community by being a voice against the stigma of Mental Illness. It was her ministry in her retirement to show that a productive, stable and meaningful life could be lived with a diagnosis of a brain disease or disorder.
Karen’s hobbies included staying connected to family and friends through notes of encouragement and thoughtful correspondence. A constant priority was keeping her hands busy by sewing and knitting seasonal gifts. In fact, you may have been the recipient of a knitted Easter Chick, a Mini Pumpkin, Thanksgiving Turkey, Christmas Wreath, Bell, Stocking, Snowman, or Baby Booties and Bonnet. Maintaining her quality Tupperware collection was her passion.
Within the last 5 years, she adopted her husband’s hobby of stamp dealing and collecting by participating in the Central Florida Stamp Club, West Volusia Stamp Club and Mo
She and her husband attended Westside Community Church of Apopka, Florida after moving to Central Florida in January of 1989. She participated in many Bible study groups, Women’s Groups and various ministries within the church. She faithfully supported the Children’s ministry. But more than anything, her commitment to her faith and belief in Jesus Christ sustained her through any crisis, trial or illness that she encountered during her life. She was a dedicated prayer warrior believing that “prayer changes things”. The connections she made and the seeds she sowed
remain too numerous to count. Her life was a testament to her unwavering trust and faith in God. Her legacy will continue through all the lives she’s touched.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to NAMIGO, National Alliance of Mental Illness of Greater Orlando, in Memory of Karen S Archbold.
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