Karen Appleby Baughan

Karen Appleby Baughan

Age 81, Luray, Va.

Karen Appleby Baughan passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2022.

She was born in Saginaw, Michigan on December 17, 1941, the first child of Benjamin G. and Marion Cornwell Appleby. She was a graduate of Bay City Central High School in Bay City, Michigan and Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Va., where she majored in English.

On August 15, 1964, she married Lowell Bradley Baughan of Luray, Va. After living in Charlottesville, Va. for two years, in 1966 she and her husband moved permanently to Luray.

She and her family enjoyed summers every year at Mullett Lake, MI, where she spent time with family and friends her entire life and was an active member of Mullett Lake Country Club. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Luray, where she served on the Altar Guild, and as Lay Reader and Lay Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member of the Luray Garden Club, the Red Hat Society, and the Saturday Nite Supper Club. The arts, the environment, amateur birding, gardening, and spending time with family were among her longtime interests.

Her parents and brother Christopher predeceased Mrs. Baughan, but she is survived by her husband of 58 years, Lowell; two children, son Stuart B. Baughan, daughter-in-law Laura, and their three children, Margaret R., Haydn B., and George M., of Charlotte, NC, and son Benjamin L. Baughan of Luray; brother C.G. Appleby of Arlington, Va., his wife Nancy and their daughter Christine of Toledo, OH. Karen is also survived by her nephews Joshua Appleby and family of Lawton, MI, and Charles Appleby and family of Big Fork, MT, as well as many other close family and friends.

A service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Luray on Saturday, January 7, at 11 a.m. led by The Rev. Cathy Tibbetts, followed by a reception in the parish hall of the church. Internment will immediately follow the service at the columbarium outside the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to The Regional Center for the Performing Arts of Luray, P.O. Box 463, Luray, VA, 22835.


  1. Shocked and saddened to read of Karen’s passing. She was such a great lady. Many good times with her at Luray Garden Club. She got me interested in birding. May she rest in Peace. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  2. I was sadden to learn of Karen’s passing. She was such a a friendly lady, always smiling. She will be missed. My sympathy to her family.

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