Kareen Francis Newcombe

February 24, 1947May 18, 2019

Mrs. Kareen Newcombe died peacefully at Melech Hospice House on May 18, 2019 in Tampa, Florida at the age of 72 after a long battle with illness.

Kareen is survived by her son, Christopher Newcombe of Tampa, Florida, and her six grandchildren (Phillip Yeakel, Caleb Yeakel, Joshua Newcombe, Tyler Newcombe, Samantha Newcombe, and Timothy Newcombe) and six great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Maynard Newcombe, her daughter, Aprile Anne McIntosh, and her sister, Sister Margaret Exworthy.

Kareen was born on February 24, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan to Francis and Jane Exworthy. She held many jobs over her storied life, but is well known for her long-operated beauty salon, her operatic singing, and much sought-after church organ playing. She spent several years teaching music and art to kindergarten and elementary grades in her late 20's and early 30's. She is remembered as a kind and generous spirit in a flowered blouse, quick with a joke, yet fiercely protective of her children and grandchildren.

Graveside is scheduled for 12Noon, Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa. The family will receive friends from 11-11:45AM at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4207 E. Lake Avenue Tampa, FL. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Kareen's life. In lieu of flowers, please spend extra time letting your loved ones know what they mean to you. The family would like to thank Melech Hospice House and Woodbridge Care Center for their care and dedication in easing the last months of Kareen's life.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Kareen Francis Newcombe

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