Karen Emory Haire, 75, passed away unexpectedly at Duke University Hospital on March 7, 2018, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Hoopeston, Ill., the daughter of the late Harold and Faye Emory.
She attended Eastern Illinois University and lived in many cities before settling in Raleigh in 1973. She was known as a fun and wonderful daughter, friend, wife, mother, teacher, leader, neighbor and person. She cherished all the people she befriended over the years and truly enjoyed keeping in touch with everyone from her childhood friends to the local grocery store manager. She loved her travels around the world with her family and her friends and loved a good meal with her favorite people.
She taught professionally for over 20 years at many schools, but was most proud of opening and retiring from Leesville Road Elementary School as the media specialist and computer sys-op. It is believed that she taught knitting "non-professionally" to hundreds of Raleigh residents and beyond. Needles up!
Karen was a long-time member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, a member of The Woman's Club of Raleigh and proud Alpha Gamma Delta alumna.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William John Haire. Karen is survived by her daughter, Jodi Haire and her husband, Jay Cupstid; her daughter Jana Gudger and her husband, Dr. Chris Gudger, and their daughter and Karen's beloved granddaughter, Emory Gudger.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 4415 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Raleigh, NC, or to the American Cancer Society of Greater Raleigh.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be conducted at 2 p.m. March 24, 2018, at Templeton Funeral Home in Paris, Ill. Burial will follow in Payne Cemetery, north of Brocton. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Additional information and online condolences available at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com
Published on March 9, 2018