Karen Melinda Baity Willard

Published 8:35 am Sunday, June 30, 2024

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Mrs. Karen Melinda Baity Willard, 66, of Mocksville, died Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.

She was born on April 14, 1958 in Forsyth County to the late David Edburn “Ed” Baity and Peggy Ann Davis Baity of Mocksville.

Mrs. Willard was devoted Christian and longtime member of Farmington Baptist Church.  Her nieces and nephews, or “grandchildren”, as she called them, were her pride and joy.  She loved her family dearly, especially her children, and was a devoted caretaker, caring for her mother in her final days. Karen fulfilled her dream of becoming a nurse so she could help take care of others.  She enjoyed visiting the beach, caring for her special furry companions, Baity and Willard, and loved flowers. Karen had a vivacious personality and her home was always filled with sounds of laughter, happiness, and people enjoying each other’s company.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by: her paternal grandparents, Flake and Blanche Baity; and maternal grandparents, John and Ann Davis.

In addition to her mother, survivors include: Buster Willard; her 3 children, David Michael Willard of Mocksville, Jeremy Paul Willard of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Jonathan Scott Willard of Mocksville; a sister, Vickie Baity Hamilton (Ronald); a niece, Sarah Hamilton Presnell; a nephew, Andy Hamilton; 7 special great-nieces and nephews, Logan, Peyton, Ava, Chase, Elsie, Karsyn, and Adeline; a special little guy, Zeb; and many other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 30 at Farmington Baptist Church with Pastor Phillip Brande and Pastor Seth Parnell officiating.  Interment will follow in Eatons Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at Farmington Baptist Church, and other times at the homes of Jon and Vickie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be considered for: Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Online condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.