Drum Funeral Home-Hickory

940 29th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC


Karen Joy Croft

July 15, 1960June 7, 2020

Karen Joy Stoddard Croft, 59, of Conover, passed away quietly on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at her residence. Karen was born July 15, 1960 in Staten Island, NY to Joyce Matyi Levitt and the late Raymond Stoddard. Karen was a strong opinionated woman and wonderful mom. A former postal worker, she loved to play bingo and was a mother figure for many people.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 32 years, Lawrence “Larry” Croft; sons, Michael Stoddard of Clearwater, FL, Jeffrey Croft of Conover; daughters, Samantha Croft, McKenzie Croft, Carissa Brown-Croft and Lexi Croft, all of Hickory; brothers, David Newborn and wife Susan of Snellville, GA and Kevin Stoddard of Long Island, NY; sister, Donna Newborn of Drexel, NC; grandson, Joshua Stoddard of Statesville, and great- granddaughter, Emma Stoddard of Statesville.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 12, 2020 at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Condolences may be sent to the Croft family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.

The Croft family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home in Hickory


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Maureen Dishuk

June 12, 2020

Karen was a very sensitive although she hide it well with her tough exterior. She might have picked up a North Carolina accent but she never lost her New York attitude! Karen was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend to many. Karen was one of the most selfless people on earth. She made the world a better place. Fly high with angels my friend.

Joyce Venditti

June 10, 2020

She was a very wonderful inspirational beautiful kind high spirited lady
She wanted me to go on a cruise with her to Alaska with one of her children. She will be missed and I will always treasure her words and memories in my heart and soul

Lexi Croft

June 9, 2020

My mother was one of the strongest people I knew! Was she crazy? Yes of course but that’s one of the many things I loved about her🥺 she will never be forgotten. I remember the first day we came to her house after leaving out last foster home. She welcomed me and my sisters into her home with open arms. I love her so much and I’m so glad I was one of the lucky ones to find a forever home with two great parents. I will never forget all the fun times we had on family trips or even when we sat at the kitchen table for hours playing bingo, parcheesi and, rack- o.

Barbara Reusch

June 9, 2020

Momma Croft always made everyone feel like a part of the family. She loved her children deeply. She was strong, loud, opinionated, and crazy but in good way! I never knew what she was going to do or say next. She made sure to include myself and my family and that will always mean the world to me. I will cherish the memories, from her bringing over Christmas presents and sitting down to talk or her bringing medicine to my husband when he was sick and I was stuck at work. The world lost a genuine soul. Fly high Momma Croft. We will never forget you.

Bobbi Gearhart

June 8, 2020

Karen you will be so missed. Thank you for taking care of my son when he moved up to NC and being like a mom to him... watching over him, feeding him... and loving him. I appreciated it more than you will ever know. Rest In Peace my friend.

Maurice Newborn

June 8, 2020

I remember spending summers with Karen’s family in Staten Island when I was younger, and Karen was always so kind and funny. I really enjoyed spending time with her. I will truly miss her.

Nancy Seideman

June 8, 2020

I had forgotten that "Joy" was Karen's middle name. How appropriate. I can hear her raucous laugh all the time. I always marveled at her big heart that had room for everyone, for so many children. I treasured our early morning coffees, talking for hours, at the kitchen table, waiting for the household to stir. The delight she took in teasing me about my driving (wasn't so delightful for me). Her thoughtful gestures when I visited, knowing that I loved chardonnay and wildlife she would buy chardonnay that featured animals on the label. She knew me. But I love her best and will remember her most for bringing me into my (our family). Beginning with Larry's surprise birthday party (40th?), the first time i visited Hickory. She invited me on holidays, for special occasions, to Disney World, on cruises, and urged me to visit any time. My regret is that I didn't take the time to do so more often. Always so busy. An important lesson for all of us. We must take the time, the months, the years, go by so quickly. I will remember and miss you forever Karen, and i will do my best to always look out for and love Larry and your children.

Mckenzie Croft

June 8, 2020

My mom was the strongest person I knew. She was stubborn and opinionated but she always meant well. She had so much love to give and would help anyone who needed it.

Mom taught us so many lessons. She was always there for us even when we were being difficult.

She gave us a final gift of saying goodbye and I will never forget all the times we’ve had. I know you will be looking out for us and checking in from time to time.

I love you more then you know.

Kathy Brown

June 8, 2020

Karen and I were good friends in Tottenville along with a couple of other people. We all hung out together and had a blast. She was a very special friend. We had done some crazy things and had a blast doing it. I had reconnected with her on FB and she sent me a copy of my report card that she took out of my mailbox when I lived on wood Ave. She took it out before my parents could get it. I was so happy we reconnected. I'm going to miss her . She was a very special friend.

Donna Newborn

June 8, 2020

My sister was amazing. She became a Mom when I was 6 years old. I watched her from that time on turn into the strongest person I knew. She stood up for her family. She taught me to fight for myself. Part of me would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for her. She is up there laughing and playing bingo with my Grandmother and my Uncle. I love you sis. Thank you for everything you did for me and for watching out for me. Be at peace and fly high.