Karen Ann Reynolds, who recently moved to Cornelius, North Carolina passed away in the late hours of Wednesday, July 28th joining her mother, Rita Benz Reynolds, her father, Samuel Rogers Reynolds, and her sister, Manuela Isabella Reynolds (Kika), in everlasting peace. Karen was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 20th, 1963.
She is survived by her siblings, Rogers Reynolds (Sharon), Audrey Callahan (Rob Kapp), and Lance Reynolds (Carolyn); she was an aunt to nine nieces and nephews.
In her adolescence, Karen moved with her family from her birthplace of Baltimore to Critz, Virginia, and later on to Ridgeway, Virginia where she attended Drewry Mason High School. After graduation, Karen briefly attended Ferrum College before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and returning to live with her parents full time. This living situation took her to the deserts of Nevada where she lived in Las Vegas for many years before settling down with her mother in Greensboro, NC.
While Karen suffered from a very limiting illness, she lived a very generous life. A life that brought her the joys of traveling cross country in an RV with her parents and younger brother, trips across the Atlantic to experience the European culture of her mother’s birthplace, the magic of visiting many wonders of the world, and the participation of weddings, baptisms, communions, and more.
Karen was a much-loved daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Her tall and skinny frame was a constant paradox among those who knew and loved her, as she was famous for her huge appetite. Holidays spent with Karen meant watching in amazement as she finished plate after plate of good eats. Her siblings will remember her big blue eyes, lip smackin’ lips, and impressive thick hair that was always kept chopped under her mom’s watchful eye and let to grow out under her sister, Audrey’s, care. Audrey will cherish these final memories together spent brushing, washing, and braiding Karen’s full head of hair. Her nieces, nephews, and friends will remember her full body laugh, love of singing Christmas carols, and her willingness to always bust a dance move. She will be deeply missed in this earthly world but her family is thankful that she can finally rest in peace.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 6th, 2021 at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church at 11 am, where she was an active member of the congregation with her mother until her relocation to Cornelius. She will be buried alongside her mother and sister. Please wear any purple attire you may own, as this was Karen’s favorite color. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.