Karen O’Bryant Lai
December 31, 1947 – September 22, 2015
Karen Lai, 67 of Bryan, passed away on September 22, 2015 at her home under the palliative care of Hospice Brazos Valley. Her Celebration Of Life at the First Baptist Church-Bryan will be at 11am, Thursday, October 1, 2015. Cremation Tribute Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
Karen was born on December 31, 1947 to Mildred and Arvil O’Bryant of Louisville, KY. She was a graduate of Butler High School in Jefferson County, KY. Music and church were her life’s passion. Karen was a member of the Parkland Avenue Baptist Church of Louisville, KY for 10 years, the Walnut Street Baptist Church of Louisville, KY for 7 years, the First Baptist Church of Franklin, KY for 3 years, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Bryan, TX since 1980. She played the piano and violin, and did music vocal solos and choir singing. She was a member of FBC-Bryan’s Adult Bible fellowship on Sundays and played the piano for the group, the Women’s Bible Study group “Circle Of Friends” on Thursdays where she was one of the alternate teachers. Karen and her husband, Melvin, served as leaders of the Grief Share Group at FBC Bryan from 2012 – 2014. From 1984 – 1989, she was the two to three year old preschool teacher at the day care center at FBC-Bryan. She later retired to take care of her special needs child, Kimberly.
Karen is survived by her husband of 46 years, Melvin of Bryan, whom she married on November 1, 1969 in the Walnut Street Baptist Church of Louisville, KY; a daughter Melissa Gibson and her two sons, Ross and Aaron of Bryan; a son, Alan Lai and wife, Sandy, and their two daughters, Anela and Alani of Austin; her two brothers, Mark O’Bryant and wife Hannah of Marysville, Indiana, Timothy O’Bryant and wife Lori of Marysville, Indiana, and her uncle Charles Simmons and wife, Brenda of Georgetown, Indiana. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Arvil O’Bryant of Louisville, KY and Mildred O’Bryant Lowry of Leitchfield, KY, and her daughter Kimberly Anela Lynn Lai whom she devoted her whole life in caring for her for 39 years.
Memorial donations are asked to be given in Karen’s honor to the Lottie Moon Missons Offering in care of FBC-Bryan 3100 Cambridge Drive Bryan, TX 77802 and/or Hospice Brazos Valley 502 W. 26th St. Bryan, TX 77803.Print This Obituary