She turned terror and tragedy into a way of helping others. Hundreds of people remembered an East Texas woman Sunday who's strength and devotion touched everyone she met.
It was in October of 2001, Karen Choice of Tyler lost her 8 year old son Chad. Chad was kidnapped and brutally murdered over a drug debt owed by Chad's Uncle. After his death, Karen was able to turn her life into a legacy of helping others. Her life unexpectedly came to an end last week at the age of 56.
After her son's death Karen started a non-profit organization called C.H.A.D.'s House. It was a ministry that helped women in crisis of drugs or abuse. Through the years countless families came to C.H.A.D.'s House to get their lives back together, much like Karen did after her son was killed. It was something Karen called an awesome responsibility that transcended to other people.
"When she lost her son, she saw the help that was given to her," said Co-Worker Marcus Wade. "She was able to give back through that drive. Her commitment to God was one of her driving services. She new that it was time for her to continue to give back what God had given her, which was new life, new opportunities and a new chance to trust someone else through her son."
"It's just hard to believe that she's gone, but not really sad," said friend Janice Foster. "I can feel her in my heart, and she'll never be forgotten." Karen's daughter Angela has been working with C.H.A.D.'s House for years and plans to continue the organization in her mother's legacy. Karen Choice's funeral service is Monday at 11:00 a.m. at The Christian Teaching Center. Her burial will follow at the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.