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.
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.
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