Karen Yvonne McMillan


Karen Yvonne McMillan was called home to be with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 3, 2021. She was a lifelong resident of Powhatan, WV until February 14, 2011 when she moved to Columbus with her mom Karen was the daughter of the late Rufus and Creola McMillan. She was the oldest grandchild of the late Adam and Katie Burger and Sidney and Annie McMillan.

Karen was a sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend. Karen was loved by everyone that knew her and never met a stranger. She touched everyone in her own special way. Karen loved her family and babies were her favorite. She would watch sleeping babies until they woke up.  Karen would give you anything she had even if it was her last, so much like her mother. Karen was in kindergarten when she became ill and due to the high fever from the illness, she suffered brain damage which caused her to be developmentally disabled. Her speech was different, she was limited to what she could do physically, and she needed to be supervised most, if not all the time, that didn’t stop Karen. The disability may have stopped her physical and some mental, however it did not stop her from loving her family and friends, laughing at things that she thought was funny, making everyone else laugh and it didn’t stop her from being the best she could be. Karen attended the Sheltered Workshop in Welch, WV for many years prior to moving to Ohio and Adult Service Program at Goodwill in Columbus, Ohio. Karen made many friends and they fell in love with her too. Karen loved going to church, she sang even when she didn’t know the words, but God knew. She loved the Lord and prayed for everyone calling them out by name.

Karen was a member of Mercy Seat Baptist Church, Walter E. Clay Pastor.

Karen was preceded in death by her by her brother , Rufus Jr.; aunts, Corterz Moore (Herbert), Christine Smith (Charles); uncles, James and Walter “Scoopie” Burger, cousins, Toni Loggin, Dorothy “Dee Dee” Mitchell, Nicole Burger and Curtis Burger.

Karen leaves to cherish her memory, sister, Annie (William) with whom she made her home; nieces Cydney McMillan (Ellis) Laurel, MD, Nevaeh Prysock, Columbus, Ohio, Jasmine McMillan, Princeton WV and Grace Johnson (Rondell) Vidaila GA.; aunts and uncles, Lula McMillan, Bronx NY, Evelyn Prunty (Melvin) , El Paso Texas, Dorothy Warren, Bluefield , West , Virginia, Charles Burger (Lillian), Jerome Burger, Samuel Burger (Lena) and Eugene Burger all of Columbus Ohio. She also had a host of cousins, too many to name, but they know who they are and  friends that were more like family, Brenda Carrington and family, Florence Reed and family , Ted Brown and family, also two special ladies that assisted with caring for Karen, Contina Jackson and Rhonda VanHorn.








Private Visitation 10:00 AM and Private Funeral Service 11:00 AM Saturday, December 11, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd).


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Condolence Messages

  1. I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Karen! I love you all and I’ll continue to pray that God brings you comfort and strength. Ms. Karen was a beautiful person and I’m glad I had the honor to meet her.

  2. My deepest sympathies, I’m so sorry for your loss. I love your family dearly. You all will be in my prayers. God gained another Angel. All my love, Arlene♥️.

  3. Irene Elenora Powell Farmer

    Hey Annie I am sorry to hear about Karen she was my special cuz love her from here to the moon and back went we were young Mother and Daddy would take us down to your mother house and we would love see each and everyone of u so we are sending love all the way from Bluefield WV and we are praying for you and the family.

  4. Diane Hancock Keyes

    My condolences in the lost of Karen, may her soul Rest In Peace.
    Diane Hancock ❤️

  5. Nothing replaces the loss of a beloved sister but never fear, God always makes a way.

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