Karen Emory Haire

July 10, 1942March 7, 2018

Karen Emory Haire, 75, passed away unexpectedly at Duke University Hospital on March 7, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of the late Harold and Faye Emory. She attended Eastern Illinois University and lived in many cities before settling in Raleigh in 1973. She was known as a fun and wonderful daughter, friend, wife, mother, teacher, leader, neighbor and person. She cherished all the people she befriended over the years and truly enjoyed keeping in touch with everyone from her childhood friends to the local grocery store manager. She loved her travels around the world with her family and her friends and loved a good meal with her favorite people.

She taught professionally for over 20 years at many schools but was most proud of opening and retiring from Leesville Road Elementary School as the media specialist and computer sys-op. It is believed that she taught knitting ‘non-professionally’ to hundreds of Raleigh residents and beyond. Needles up!

Karen was a long-time member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, a member of The Woman’s Club of Raleigh and proud Alpha Gamma Delta alumna.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William John Haire. Karen is survived by her daughter, Jodi Haire and her husband Jay Cupstid, her daughter Jana Gudger and her husband Dr. Chris Gudger and their daughter and Karen’s beloved granddaughter, Emory Gudger.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 4415 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Raleigh, NC. In typical Karen style, a second service in Paris, Illinois will be held at the Templeton Funeral Home at 2pm on Saturday, March 24, 2018 following which she will be interred at the Payne Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society of Greater Raleigh.


  • Harold Emory, Father
  • Faye Emory, Mother
  • William John Haire, Husband
  • Jodi Haire and her husband Jay Cupstid, Daughter
  • Jana Gudger and her husband Dr. Chris Gudger, Daughter
  • Emory Gudger, Granddaughter


  • Memorial Service Friday, March 16, 2018

Karen Emory Haire

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Anne Reeds Mucker

March 16, 2018

Karen and I went to EIU together. She was a sorority sister of mine and one day older than I am. I have many happy of memories of Karen in college. We recently reconnected on Facebook.

She will be missed.

Anne Reeds Mucker
EIU Class of 1964
Alpha Gamma Delta

Tom & Lauri Oliver

March 16, 2018

We loved seeing your Mom around the neighborhood and sharing some good conversation. We will miss that very much. But Jodi, you share her light and love of people. So, we expect you will be that person one day, always showing friendship and kindness toward others.

Karen Lowdermilk

March 16, 2018

Mrs. Haire was the librarian at Powell during my early years in elementary school. She was a special lady and helped to fuel my love of reading. I am thankful that in recent years we had reconnected through Facebook.

My sympathies and prayers are with your family.

Betty Astle

March 11, 2018

Karen was a great A G D sister!
My deepest condolences to her family. Betty Astle

Robin Bambrick

March 10, 2018

Dear Jana, Emory and Jodi,
It was with great sadness to learn of your mom’s passing. I will miss our fun times , dinners and adventures. May you find comfort in knowing you three brought the most joy in her life. Always treasure the wonderful memories. I am sorry I will be out of the country when her service is being held. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Cindy Rimpf

March 8, 2018

Jodi & Jana, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a treasure! From the first time I met her in the Leesville Elementary library, every interaction with her began & ended with a smile. She was a lovely lady on the inside & the out!

Your family will be in my prayers in the coming days. Please remember that grief is the price of great love. Be kind to yourself, it takes time....

Much love,
Cindy Rimpf & family