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Karen Wilson Chamberlin

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 22, 2018 @ 3:21 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 16 Comments

DURHAM– Karen Wilson Chamberlin died peacefully surrounded by her husband and all her sons early in the morning of Wednesday January 17, 2018. She joins her father William Preston Wilson who preceded her in death. She was 62 years of age. Her passing was eased by the excellent care she received at Hock Family Pavilion of Duke Hospice. The family especially wishes to thank Karen’s friend and former co-worker, Jean Askew for her ministry to them during this difficult time.

Karen was born November 9, 1955 in Durham North Carolina. She graduated Durham High School in 1974 and attended Erskine College before transferring to Clemson University from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1979.

After passing her board exams she worked as nurse on the floor at Duke University Medical Center, the oncology unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center. After her marriage to Jeremiah Phelps Chamberlin in 1982 she worked in several other hospitals in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Virginia as he completed his education for ministry and pastured small churches. In Ashtabula, Ohio she began a career in home health which evolved into serving as a hospice nurse in Martin County, North Carolina. As part of Roanoke Home Care and Hospice, she was asked to oversee the start-up of a new office in Greenville which is now part of Vidant Health. After the Vidant merger, Karen was offered the opportunity to join the organ transplant team from which she retired in 2017. Karen demonstrated remarkable leadership skills throughout her career: her peers nominated her to lead them in Tennessee, Kentucky, Martin and especially Pitt Counties.

Karen was a person of great faith. She often led her patients in prayer. She gave her life to Christ in the 9th grade and shared her testimony often through the lay witness movement. While at Clemson Karen was active in Campus Crusade for Christ and evangelized on the campus. She took a mission trip with them to Hawaii. She served on the elder board at Red Oak Christian Church and enjoyed singing in the choir.

Karen left behind her husband Jeremiah, her sons Joshua, Micah, Benjamin and her step son Christopher. She delighted in her grandsons Connor and Luke Chamberlin, but especially in her grand-daughter Hannah. Hannah and her Mum-Mum had a very special bond and they shared many special times together, including their summer camps at Camp Caroline.

She is survived by her mother Dorothy Elizabeth Wilson, her sister Tammy Wilson, and her brothers, Bill Wilson and his wife Kathy Johnson, Ben Wilson and his wife Liz, and Bob Wilson and his wife Angela. Nieces and nephews Jonathan Wilson, his wife Denise and their children Ilyana, Jace and Cullen, Eleanor Sharpe and her son Levi, Christopher Wilson, Michael Wilson, Catherine Wilson, Emily Wilson, Sarah Wilson Miller and her husband Ryan Miller, Wilson Roberts, Samantha Roberts, Alison Roberts, Taylor Wilson, Matthew Wilson and Bobby Wilson

The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service 1113 W. Main Street, Durham, NC and at Smith Funeral Service, 605 Country Club Drive on Saturday, January 27, 2018 for visitation at 3:00 PM, service at 4:00 PM, Rev. Craig Kirby-Grove officiating. Reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Christian Women’s Fellowship at Red Oak Christian Church, 1827 Greenville Blvd SW, Greenville NC 27834-7029. Make checks payable to CWF.

Condolences for the family of “Karen Wilson Chamberlin”

Condolence from Jane McCullen Lovette on January 22nd, 2018 3:28 pm

Sorry for you loss of Karen. I will be praying for you.

Condolence from Jean Askew on January 22nd, 2018 11:46 pm

Our world is emptier without Karen but Heaven is much more beautiful with her sweet soul. She taught me so much professionally and spiritually. I with so many people will miss Karen so much.

Condolence from Sylvia C Pickett on January 23rd, 2018 3:12 am

Our prayers are with your family.

Condolence from Eleanor Cox on January 23rd, 2018 3:44 am

My thoughts are with Karen’s family. We went to high school together and grew up near each other. I will always remember her.

Condolence from Phyllis Thomas Immanuel on January 23rd, 2018 6:52 am

My deepest sympathy to all of Karen’s family. May you be comforted by the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, day by day as you remember her for the lovely person she was in Christ. She was a blessing to many. God bless you with His deep, abiding love.

Condolence from Linda and Tom Zwarych on January 23rd, 2018 9:32 am

Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Karen was a wonderful person and a thoughtful and loving cousin. She will be greatly missed. Love and prayers.

Condolence from Ron and Jeanni Snider on January 23rd, 2018 10:23 am

Praying for your entire family and friends. What a blessing she was! She will be greatly missed.

We rejoice Karen is now safe, healthy and pain free in the loving arms and care of Jesus. I’m sure Dr, Bill’s arms were open in love to receive her Home.

Ron and I love you!

Condolence from Daryl Westbrook on January 23rd, 2018 11:34 am

So very sorry to learn of your sister’s passing, my hope is that for all the good she gave on earth,the reward in heaven will be as great. God bless the family she left behind with wonderful memories of the times you did share

Condolence from Pam johnson on January 23rd, 2018 12:46 pm

In Christian love Pam johnson angel a Johnson cross from Robersonville

Condolence from Rosario Musella on January 23rd, 2018 3:43 pm

Very sorry to read

Condolence from Kent Overby on January 23rd, 2018 7:30 pm

So very sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Diane Strawbridge Poag on January 23rd, 2018 9:37 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying that God will comfort you through these difficult days. Heaven received an Angel. May all that she gave to others be her reward in Heaven!

Condolence from Jackie Albrecht on January 23rd, 2018 9:44 pm

All my sympathy to Karen’s family – she made the world a better place for so many people she touched. Thinking of all those who loved her and felt her love as you grieve her loss and share memories of her life.

Condolence from Doreen Schooley on January 24th, 2018 5:36 pm

Dear Micah and family,

We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She looks like a joyful soul and we’re sorry that we never had the change to meet. Your loss is profound but we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we wish you peace.

Doreen & Frank Schooley

Condolence from Jen Chamberlin-Nodianos on January 24th, 2018 7:49 pm

It has been years since I have seen you all, but when I close my eyes-I can see Aunt Karen’s kind eyes and hear her loving voice. I remember not what she said, but how she said it. She was always so encouraging and uplifting. Always so loving. What an amazing woman she was. I am sending you all my love, support, and prayers. All my love…..

Condolence from Lynne Nixon on January 25th, 2018 4:45 pm

Dear Tammy, Mrs. Wilson and Karen’s family , So sorry I am unable to attend the visitation tonight. I had shoulder surgery Jan. 19th, . i am so sorry that Karen is no longer here with you all. I consider it a blessing to talk to karen during this last fight with cancer. I got the sense that she would miss her family most of all. i will be praying that God gives you comfort in the many days to come.

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