Karen Ann Samons left us to be with our Lord on Monday, June 21st, 2021 after a valiant battle with cancer. She was supported by her sister and dear friend Richard in her final days. Karen was 58 years old.
She is survived by her siblings: Milton Anthony IV (Marisol), Jeffrey Joseph, and Kathleen Ann; her nephews Jeffrey Edward, Milton Edward V, and Ryan Joseph; several Aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Karen’s longtime relationship with Richard Haffner gave her one of the most happy and playful times in her life, when she was Gramma to Dominic.
We know Karen was welcomed by her Mom, Dad, and brother Michael, as well as Nanee, Grammie, Aunt Bobbie, Aunt Donna, Uncle Tony, Uncle Bill and cousin Liz who have gone before her.
Karen was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 11th, 1962. Our family moved to South Florida when she was 6 years old, and she grew up in Broward County. She has lived here for most of her life. One part of Karen’s journey took her to North Carolina where she enjoyed the slower pace and was very content. She returned to Florida and where she remained for the duration.
Karen’s greatest quality was her generosity. She would give you more than half of whatever she had. And when you needed her, she always showed up – Karen was a force and knew just what to do to take care of things. She kept her homes clean, tended to the gardens, and had the ability to physically help with almost anything! And she could cook the big meals – turkey, stuffing, a rump roast - she made the absolute best gravy! When she wanted you to know she was thinking of you, she would make the best chicken cutlets! She was an excellent caregiver to her Nanee, her Mother, and her Father, caring for them at their home. It was her gift!
When her Mother was sick, Karen saw her regularly, helping wherever she could. Losing Mom was so difficult for the entire family. Later, when Karen’s Father was sick, she spent most of her days as a companion to him as they went shopping and to the beach, helping him to enjoy the things he liked most.
Karen endured monumental pain as she battled cancer, and it is our greatest prayer that she is in peace and there is no more pain.
Karen loved her family, loved Richard, and missed her parents a great deal. Our comfort lies in knowing she is with our Mom and Dad and her brother Michael in God’s loving care.
Visitation is being held on Sunday, June 27th, 2021 from 2 pm to 6 pm including prayer service at 4 pm at T.M. Ralph Funeral Home at 7001 N.W.4th Street, Plantation, FL 33317. 954.587.6888.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are encouraged.
We kindly invite you to express your thoughts to the family at www.tmralph.com; all messages will be privately forwarded to the Kohler family.