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Karen Taylor Persha

March 25, 1963October 4, 2020
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Karen Taylor Persha, 57, of Tampa, Florida passed away on October 4, 2020 in Tampa, Florida in her home.

Karen was born in Aberdeen, Maryland to Edrie Taylor and Margaret Isabelle (Jenkins) Taylor on March 25, 1963. She attended grade school in Aberdeen, Maryland, and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1981. Karen attended the University of Maryland, graduating with a BA in criminal justice. She then went on to graduate from the Maryland State Corrections Academy. After serving as a Maryland state corrections officer, she went into the field of retail security, and loss prevention. Karen became a security manager, and was employed with Merck/Medco for 15 years before retiring. She then became a realtor until becoming ill in 2015.

Karen moved to Tampa, Florida in 1995. She later met and married Dana T Persha on March 24, 2000 in Tampa, Florida. Karen became a mother of one to Anad Taylor Persha on September 6, 2000. Karen was a dedicated and loving mother and wife.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Edrie Taylor and Margaret (Jenkins) Taylor; brothers, James Taylor and David Greene; and sister Jacqueline Greene, all of Aberdeen, Maryland.

Karen is survived by her husband Dana T Persha; son, Anad Taylor Persha; sisters, Deborah Greene/Singleton and Carlie Greene/Fry; brother-in-law, Marcus Singleton; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other close relatives and friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Reception

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Robb Hunter

October 14, 2020

I remember the day I met Karen as she was staring at the beauty of nature at the beach on the Causeway, her warm and infectious smile led to a lengthy conversation as if we had known each other for years...being relatively new in FL. I invited her to my place of business to meet other mature and sociable people. It was there she met my man Dana, they knew Immediately that the acquaintence was more than casual..the rest is a Beautiful History. Karen I'm sorry you're gone but my heart and memories will have you Forever!!! Love you, Dana and Anad🙏🏾❤🌞 Robb Hunter

Marsha Smith

October 13, 2020

Hi Dana,
This is Marsha, classmate and family member, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your partner in life.My prayers are with you and the Persha family. May God keep you and Anad during this time .


Blessings
Marsha Smith

Deborah Singleton

October 13, 2020

Oh, I am going to miss so much. All of our ridiculously long phone calls and all of our visits but I have some great memories. Like when you were two-ish and knew every word to the song My Girl, and you walked around the house, all day, everyday, singing it to the top of your lungs (off key). Truly frayed my teenage nerves. Then I smile as I remember you and Jimmy as toddlers terrorizing the house at 5 and 6 am on weekends because of course, the both of you were awake. But one of my last memories is of our three sisters weekend in the mountains. First you got incredibly lost trying to get Carlie's. Then you did not want to go the casino. And guess who had the best time? You were all smiles until you lost me. I was fine and the three of reunited and laughed the rest of the night.

Dana Persha

October 12, 2020

Karen I tried my best to comfort you and give you peace that you couldn't give yourself. God had you ,me and Anad in his hands from the beginning until the end. God and only God knew what he was doing. He gave us love,respect and spiritual strength to make it on this journey of life together. You now have the comfort and peace that you deserve. Baby you will always be in my heart,mind and soul. Rest in peace . Until we are together again. I love you forever your husband Dana.

Marcus Singleton

October 12, 2020

I met Karen Taylor Persha in August 1969 when I started dating her oldest sister Deborah. We had a brother sister relationship from that time until now. She never referred to me as a brother-in-law, she always called me her brother. I will never forget the night I proposed to her sister in December 1969. Karen witnessed the proposal and told me I did wrong. She said Mark when you propose you're suppose to get down on one knee which she made me do and she instructued me how to propose the right way, she was 6. I loved her ever since. She was very special to me over the past 51 years. I will miss my little sister Karen. Rest in peace little sister. I love you.

Vera Louis

October 11, 2020

I saw you as the sweetest little girl when we visited you at your parent's house. To the family, remember to let Joy greets you as you enters thru the front door & let Peace abide when you take time to relax. May love soars like an eagle through out your whole house. Oh yes, don't forget to let Prayer sit at the head of the dinner table as you gather around to eat. Just want to send lots of love to you from your Aunt Vera and family. May God continue to bless you.

Denise Moore-Contreras

October 11, 2020

I'm sooooooo glad you made it out to The StarShip Cruise for my 50th Birthday. The after party at Elizabeth, Nicky's and your suggestion was a Blast. I had so much fun posing for this Selfie when you said it couldn't be done. I love you and miss you my friend. Rest well!

Denise Moore-Contreras

October 11, 2020

I loved hanging out for our annual Oscar Girlz Night!

Denise Moore Contreras

October 11, 2020

In memory of my Beloved Kay, Friend and Sister. There are so many that they all blend together. But three of my absolute favorites would be, first, when you passed The Real Estate Exam with the State of Florida December '2015, and called me from your cell on the way back from Lakeland, wow, I was soooooo proud of you!

The second would be during one of our Gasparilla International Film Festival Outings in the VIP Section of the after party and the endless dancing with Actor/ Dancer Obba Babatunde.

The best was Class of '2019 graduation in May when your Beloved Son, Anad, walked across the stage to receive his high school diploma from Wharton. "I told you that you'd be there, you see." Your smile that day meant more to me than words may express. I held that secret and was so happy that it was one of those, "at least you want to see dreams of Anad's milestones come true..."

I will miss our Movie Outings, Oscar Nights, Red Robin or Burger 21 Runs and some of those many trips we took to Orland, South Beach and Clermont. I miss you Kay, but I know you now have no pain. Love you and thank you for your amazing friendship, devotion and love!

Lauren Jordan

October 11, 2020

Would like to send prayerful thoughts to the Persha family at this time. Your loved one has transitioned to a place of peace. There is no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. We will all be changed in a twinkling of an eye, JOY cometh in the morning! Respectively, the Jordan, Pope & Brown families of the Tpa Bay and Texas areas.

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