Karen A. Coss, 54

NOV. 26, 1957-DEC. 24, 2011

December 29, 2011
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Karen Ann Coss, 54, of 108 Pine Lake Road, Cape Carteret, N.C., passed away Christmas Eve at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, N.C., after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Her daughter and husband were holding her hands, with her sister and other family members at her bedside.

Born Nov. 26, 1957, in Silver Spring, Md., she was the daughter of the late William Oheim and Reba Oheim of Silver Spring. She accepted Christ as her Savior at Woodside United Methodist Church. She was a member of Jobs Daughters.

She was a graduate of Northwood High School and Frostburg State College.

She retired from the Maryland Department of Human Resources in 2009, after 31 years of service, with the final 29 years working for the Washington County Department of Social Services in Hagerstown.

She was a philanthropist and activist, raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and was a member of the first-ever collective-bargaining team for Maryland state employees.

She was a lifetime member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA).

During her illness, she made and sold beaded bracelets, donating more than $1,000 for the Carteret General Foundation.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 14 years, Brian Coss, formerly of Hagerstown and now residing in Cape Carteret; her children, Ashley Worthington and her fiancé, Andrew Fearn, of Crofton, Md., and U.S. Army Spc. Bradley Worthington and his wife, Audra Worthington, of Fort Washington; one sister, Susan Sella and husband, John Sella, of Silver Spring; seven nephews and nieces; and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, great-aunts and great-uncles.

The service will be held Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Dean M. Miller of First Christian Church in Boonsboro, Md., will preside.

Maryland state employees attending are requested to observe casual dress code guidelines.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Ringgold Cemetery, Ringgold, Md.

In lieu of flowers, her spouse requests that memorial donations be made to the Carteret General Hospital Foundation, 3601 Bridges St., Suite E, Morehead City, NC 28557.

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