Karen T. Johnston

December 18, 1942April 14, 2013
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Karen T. Johnston, 70, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013. She was a native of Chattanooga, TN and a resident of Hampton for 48 years.

Karen was a teacher and Reading Specialist for the Hampton Public Schools for 33 years. She retired in 1998. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hampton, the DAR, and Bas Bleu Book Club in Hampton. She was also Chairman of International Outreach of Hampton Woman's Club.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Mel and Harriet Treher. She is survived by her husband, Richard Johnston of 24 years; sons, Chris Gillikin and wife, Melanie, Gary Johnston, Richard L. Johnston and wife, Melissa; daughter, Marie Sweatt and husband, Tim; one granddaughter; five grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

A Celebration of Life service for Karen will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Queen Street, Hampton, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Michael Nelson.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern VA Chapter, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502 or American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Boulevard, Suite 102-A, Newport News, VA 23606.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, April 20, 2013

Karen T. Johnston

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Claude Bowie

May 1, 2013

I am so very sad to hear of Karen's passing. I appreciated her friendship while we were classmates at Red Bank. My thoughts are with all of Karen's family and friends. I miss you Karen and thanks for your support and friendship.

April 27, 2013

So sorry to learn of Karen's death. We have been friends since childhood,going back to elementary school and church. I loved Karen. She was so caring and faced her illness with such grace and dignity. I have met you at our Red Bank Class Reunions. Thank you for loving Karen and taking such wonderful care of her. Marjorie Powell Bevil (Chattanooga, TN)

Larry Blanks

April 27, 2013

Karen and I were high school classmates and were in the high school band together. Our sincere prayers and condolences extend to Karens family and friends. She was always a sweet person and I know will be greatly missed.
Larry & Diane Blanks

Lisa Carroll

April 27, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the love and support of family and friends at this time. Sincerely, Lisa and Martin Carroll

Martha McIntyre Conner

April 26, 2013

Sending prayers to the Johnston family. So very sorry for your loss.

Chris and Stephanie Scissom

April 26, 2013

Rick we are keeping you in our prayers as with the rest of family. I know how hard it is to lose a loved one. God bless her soul. Chris and Stephanie

Cheryl & Jay Bennington

April 25, 2013

Jay and I send our thoughts and prayers to Rick and his entire family during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless

April 22, 2013

Karen was a beautiful lady and taught us all to live with dignity. You will be missed.

Renae McCormick (North Myrtle Beach, SC)

Nancy Grant

April 20, 2013

I have known and loved Karen since college. We have vacationed together. She was in my wedding, and I sang at hers. We emailed and shared so much. I miss her already. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

John Snider

April 20, 2013

Dear Lord, YOU have a new beautiful angel.