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Woody Funeral Home-Parham

1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA

OBITUARY

Karen Clark Shepherd

November 10, 1947February 9, 2020
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Karen Clark Shepherd, 72, of Glen Allen, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Sunday, February 9.

Born in Alexandria, the daughter of the late John Edward Clark and Evelyn Allen Frasca, she is survived by her husband of 52 years, Edward, children, Mike (Dave), Emily (Brian), Matt (Jeff) and Andy (Geraldine), and grandchildren, Nicholas, Benjamin, Alexander, Caroline and Mia.

Karen was a graduate of Christopher Newport University and a lifelong educator, teaching English, journalism and drama for over 30 years in Poquoson, Gloucester, and Newport News. She also taught in Germany. She led many high school student trips to Europe and, throughout her life, loved to travel. For several years, Karen was a member of Christ Church Episcopal where she was a youth group leader, and she was an active volunteer docent at Maymont. Most recently, she found loving foster homes for dogs through her tireless volunteer work with Lab Rescue of Greater Richmond. She also enjoyed being a member of the Tidewater Basketry Guild.

Karen’s celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 15th at Woody Funeral Home at 1771 N. Parham Road in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Maymont Foundation/Mansion and to Lab Rescue of Greater Richmond.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Darden Barrett

February 17, 2020

Mrs. Shepherd was my 10th and 12th grade English teacher at Poquoson High. I was also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go on one of the trips to Europe with her and Mr. Shepherd. She was one of my absolute favorite teachers and she has had a profound effect on my life. I was sorry to hear of her passing, but know she led a rich and fulfilling life. She will be missed by many.

Michael Merchant

February 14, 2020

She was a great teacher and I really enjoyed my time in her theater class back at Poquoson High School. I still think about those days sometimes. Sad to hear of her passing.

Karen O'Quin

February 14, 2020

Karen with her Sigma Sisters at her George Washington High School 50th Reunion in 2015 in Alexandria. We had so much fun that reunion weekend.

Karen O’Quin

February 14, 2020

Karen with Sigma Sisters at a lunch for her George Washington High School 50th Reunion in Alexandria in 2015.

Vic Zitel

February 13, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Ed and family. This sad event brings back a flood of memories we as the TRADOC family shared over 35 years ago, many of which still brings smiles, especially the fortune cookies you and Karen concocted. May these and the loving memories you both created together bring you strength during these hours of need.

Karen O’Quin

February 13, 2020

Karen and I were Sigma Sisters together at George Washington High School in Alexandria. We shared so many great times from then. I was lucky to get to see her at GW Reunions and school lunches. Sending condolences to Karen’s family and friends.

Madeline Smith

February 12, 2020

I would like to say Mrs. Shepard made me love theatre again, I have always had a great passion for theatre but being in her class just her presence and amazing personality made going to school so much more fun. She encouraged me to try out for one of the plays the school put on called Bye Bye Birdie. I will never forget her she left a lasting impression and she is truly missed.

Sabra Moriarty (formerly Swilley)

February 12, 2020

Mrs. Shepherd was my neighbor and my English 10 and Drama teacher. She was one of the first teachers to truly see my potential and encouraged me greatly as a student and lover of English. I know I was not always the best student, but I never felt discouraged or “stupid” in her class. She was always kind to me and I loved the way she taught. I have now been an English teacher for 12 years and part of that I know is from the great teachers I had when I was in those impressionable years. I wish I would have told her before she passed, but her memory and spirit live on.

Donna Green

February 12, 2020

Extending deepest sympathy to my dear friend Ed, his children, and to each and every one touched by Karen's love.

Cathie Abell-Nelson

February 12, 2020

Karen was just the wittiest, smartest, fun to be around friend I have ever known! We laughed about so many silly things, and Karen ALWAYS looked for the "interesting person" past any persona. Kids loved her - I LOVED HER! I am so sorry, and send love to the family she adored! Cathie

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