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Karen Strother Williams

January 14, 1959 ~ May 24, 2022 (age 63)




Karen Strother Williams of Winchester VA, danced into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday May 24, 2022, at the tender age of 63.

Karen was born on January 14, 1959, to Kenneth and Rochella Strother in Front Royal VA. She graduated from Strasburg High School in 1977. She had the honor of being the first black cheerleader in the high school’s history. She attended VCU in Richmond VA.

Early on Karen was employed at Winchester Medical Center where she was an office receptionist for the Labor and Delivery department. She then became the office manager at Hillcrest Nursing Home. After her time at Hillcrest she became a fulltime caregiver to her grandmother Roberta, a role that she took great pride in. 

In 1989 Karen received her most honored title, Mother. She volunteered often at Quarles Elementary School during both of her daughter’s time there. She was often the “mom taxi” which of course included pick-ups and drop offs for sports and weekend hangouts. 
She married her ultimate love, Bryan Williams and the two were inseparable. They often traveled and attended concerts together. He took on the incredible task of being her fulltime caregiver once she became ill. They were together for 37 years. 

Karen was an avid sports fan. She loved the Redskins and could easily be found in John Handley High school’s gymnasium cheering on the Judges. She absolutely loved to travel. One of her favorite places to visit was the beach, especially Sandbridge in VA. Karen adored her family. Karen had a servant’s heart and would easily go above and beyond if it meant helping someone else, even a stranger. In her time of illness her family extended her that same grace. Along with her husband and daughters, her mother, sisters, brother, and aunts amassed around her for strength. They all provided great care and support. 

Left to grieve her tremendous loss are her mother Rochella Strother, her loving husband of 37 years Bryan O Williams, her daughters Kellie Williams Sheppard (Roxann) and Alecia Calahan (Tyler), her brother Gregory Alsberry, her sisters Kim Brown, Victoria Walker (Mike) and Christina Strother, her Godchildren Ariyana and Travis Brown, Demonté and Dorian Lockley, Stepson Bryan Freeman, Grandson Javon Freeman and a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. 

Karen is proceeded in death by her father, Kenneth Strother, paternal grandparents Matthew and Betty Strother, maternal grandparents Roberta and Jordan Alsberry and special Mother-in-Law Rose Ann Williams. 

A celebration of life for Karen will be held at Stover Funeral Home in Strasburg VA on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 12:00 noon.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Stover Funeral Home to assist with final expenses. 

The family would like to thank and acknowledge the employees at Fresenius Kidney Care Shenandoah Valley for their continuous care over the years. They would also like the thank the employees at Evergreen Health & (Orthopedic) Rehab Center for their kindness and amazing attentiveness for the short time Karen was there. 

We will miss our beloved Karen but will have peace in knowing she is healed in the arms of the Lord. 


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