Karen J. Long, 63, passed away unexpectedly on December 23, 2016. Karen was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and grew up in West Virginia. She graduated from South Charleston High School, Concord College, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va.

In her 30 years of ministry, she served churches in Spencer WV, Rockford, Ohio (Rockford Presbyterian Church for many years), Tazewell, Va., Virginia Beach, Va., and Keyser, WV. She was to begin her new job at churches in Bellefonte and Milesburg, Pa., on January 1, 2017.

Her wit, compassion and gifts for ministry were a blessing to her congregations. She made fast and lasting friendships everywhere she went.

Karen loved to read and travel. She was a gifted artist and crafter, but more than anything, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John A. "Jack" Long and Catherine R. "Kay" Long, and two beloved dogs, Sadie and Stanley.

She is survived by her brothers, Greg (Rita) Long of Dunedin, Fla.; Dave (Leslie) Long of Charleston; sister, Jan (John) Powell of South Charleston; nephews, Jeremy (Sabrina) Long of Mebeane, N.C.; Zack Long of Charleston; Matthew Long of Dunedin, Fla.; nieces, Amy Long of Gainesville, Fla., and Mallory Long of Charleston, and her beloved dog, Frannie. Karen had a host of friends and colleagues whom she cherished.

Well done, good and faithful servant.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, December 30, at First Presbyterian Church, South Charleston. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 29, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the local Animal Shelter in the memory of Karen.


Cards to the family may be sent to Jan Powell, 2526 Spring Street SW, South Charleston, WV 25303.

You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.





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