Karen Roberts Rancorn
1952 - 2016
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NEWPORT NEWS - Karen Roberts Rancorn entered into Heaven's gates on January 21, 2016. Karen was born November 7, 1952 in Newport News, Virginia. She was born to and survived by her proud parents, Norris K. and Mary C. Roberts. Karen is survived by her husband of 12 years, Nelson C. Rancorn, Jr. Karen was predeceased by an infant baby sister Patricia Ann Roberts and is survived by a brother, Barry C. Roberts and wife Lynn; nieces, Jennifer and Heather Roberts; sisters, Penny N. Deavers, Clanton AL and Pat Gaskins; aunts , Jean Bates and Phyllis Cody; and many cousins; a stepson, Chuck Rancorn; step-grandchildren, Emily and Jack Rancorn. A proud graduate of Virginia Tech, Karen completed her career choices and led a successful career in Architectural/Interior Design allowing her to leave her mark of talent in many prominent buildings in the area. She was passionate about her design work and never left any stone unturned, always making certain her design was finished to perfection. Karen had the same passion for her family and friends, always making certain everyone were taken care of, and that included her fur babies. Karen attended First Baptist Church Newport News. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon for visitation; with A Celebration of Life Service to follow at First Baptist Church NN, 12716 Warwick Blvd., N.N., VA. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church NN, Riverside Hospice, or a charity of your choice.

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Published in Daily Press on Jan. 24, 2016.
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June 12, 2017
I just heard of Karen's passing. I worked with Karen years ago at Shriver and Holland..always loved her and we had tons of fun working together. My prayers are with the family.
Lori Shmate
February 23, 2016
My thought and prayers are with you Nelson and all Karen's family.. I know she is with all the blessings of God now and I will always remember her...
Louis Montesdeoca
February 4, 2016
My deepest sympathies to Nelson, the Roberts family and extended families, for their loss. Karen lived each and every day with the heart of a lion and a truly courageous spirit. I know first hand that it's hard on the ones left behind but each of us has our own unique memories of happier times with her. We know in our hearts that our Lord and Savior will take care of her until we meet again. I'll always remember Karen's beautiful blue eyes twinkling with laughter, to the point of crying, during one of the many stories we shared and her sweet, sweet smile.
Terry Shackelford
January 26, 2016

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. I wish you and your family Peace!

Victor Hellman
January 26, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you all during this difficult time.
January 26, 2016
Our sincere condolences on the death of Karen. We have been neighbor's of her parents for many years, and cannot imagine the depth of their loss. Our hearts go out to Karen's entire family. Sympathy and Prayers.
Bill and Sarah McDuffie
January 25, 2016
A beautiful life:a beautiful lady! We miss your smiles and loveliness. Donna and Don Nash
January 24, 2016
Dear Nelson, Chuck, Mr. & Mrs. Roberts, Barry and Karen's wonderful friends Pat & Penny,
Karen was a compassionate and kind friend and a wonderful co-worker. I worked with her for 15 years and truly valued our friendship. Mine and Tim's hearts are broken. You will be in our thoughts, our prayers and as always our hearts! Love, Kay & Tim
Kay Diemont
January 24, 2016
Dear Nelson and family,
Mary and I extend to you our deepest sympathy at the loss of Karen. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. If we may be of any assistance, please let us know.
Warm regards,
Mary and W. H. Goodwyn, III
Wade Goodwyn, lll
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