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Karen Sue Pappas

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 22, 2019 @ 11:24 am In Durham,Obituaries | 5 Comments

On Monday August 19, 2019, Karen Sue Pappas, loving wife, passed away at age 72.

Karen Sue Pappas was born on February 20, 1947 in Farmington, Missouri to Viola and Lindell McDaniel. She married Art Pappas on May 5, 1982. She helped to raise two children, Kim and Adam, and three grandchildren, Jackson, Bryson, and Emerson. Karen and Art became residents of Durham, NC in 1989 and have lived in Hong Kong, Brazil, Singapore and London.

Karen had a passion for bestowing her love on family and friends alike. She cherished sending letters, thoughtful cards and remembrances to countless individuals. She traveled around the world with husband Art, and was a guiding hand in all their activities and positive life experiences. Kim and Adam learned much about love, a nurturing value-based life, and the importance of family from Karen’s perspectives on life. Her loving sister and brother Connie and Gerald were inspirational role models for Karen, and her nieces fueled Karen’s love of children.

Karen never gave into her battle with cancer. She was a fighter and a warrior. Yet even as a rare and aggressive cancer took its toll, she maintained a stoic grace and dignity that was a powerful teacher to all in her presence. Even with the aggressiveness of her disease Karen always had a gracious radiant smile and a kind word for all who attended to her. With her smile and big heart, she had a knack of winning people over and making their day.

Karen is survived by her husband Art, stepdaughter Kim Tupper (Don) of Durham, NC, stepson Adam Pappas (Jessica) of South Lake Tahoe, CA, and grandchildren, Jackson, Bryson, and Emerson of Durham, NC; her sister, Connie (Harold) Simms and stepsister, June (Dave) Lamb; brother, Gerald (Mamie) McDaniel and stepbrother, Darrell (Jeanie) Griffin; her brother-in-law Ernest (Lenore) Pappas and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Visitation followed by a funeral service will be held on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at the Hall-Wynne Chapel at 1113 W. Main Street in Durham at 1 pm. Karen will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Karen’s memory in support of cancer research. For further information, you may contact Art Pappas, PO Box 110287, Durham, NC 27709.

The Pappas family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service Chapel on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 2 pm. The Pappas family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1-2 pm for visitation prior to the service.


Condolences for the family of “Karen Sue Pappas”

Condolence from Yankee Jim & Patti on August 22nd, 2019 3:42 pm

Dear Art & Family,
We wish to express our deepest sympathy as we share your sadness in Karen’s passing.
May all the wonderful memories of her help heal your sorrow in the coming days.
We are praying for the Lord to keep you in his love.
Jim & Patti

Condolence from Albert Cleve on August 22nd, 2019 9:29 pm

So sorry to learn of Karen’s passing.
Prayers for comfort and peace…

Condolence from Judith Sheets on August 23rd, 2019 10:33 am

My deepest sympathy to you as you now hold Karen in your heart. I was blessed to know her and her family.

Condolence from sandra sheridan on August 23rd, 2019 4:02 pm

My Dearest Karen,
We never got to meet each other, or even talk on the phone. But I heard your voice in all the cards and letters we exchanged for the last few months. You are the newest star in heaven twinkling down on us. So smile that great smile and give me a little twinkle when you think about it. Rest well, you are whole again and pain free.
I will miss my PEN PAL. Sandra Sheridan

Condolence from Sara Demy on August 29th, 2019 11:48 am

Dear Art, As a friend you never had the pleasure of meeting Karen, I know after all of the years that we have known each other how loved she was by you. She simply had to be extraordinary and I wish I had had the opportunity to meet her. I send you and your family my condolences. There are no words that can take the pain away or make this “better” –only time helps. I know she will always be with you. Much love to you and your family.

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