Karen was born July 11, 1950 in Shelby, North Carolina, the oldest child of Dr. Byard Edwards and wife, Doris Gonzalez Edwards. She was a 1968 graduate of Shelby High School. She graduated with a degree in psychology from The College of William & Mary in 1972, where she was a proud sister of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Karen is survived by her husband of 51 years, Richard Fawcett; her daughter, Anne Fawcett Krishnan and husband, Dr. Sriyesh Krishnan of Greensboro; and her brother, Dr. Byard (Chip) Edwards and wife, Dr. Laura Martin, of Newnan, GA. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Katie and Charlie Krishnan; her nieces, Martinique and Margeaux Edwards; and her cousin, Myron Edwards.
Karen was a partner to her husband, Richard, in life and work. She managed his law office as legal secretary for nearly 30 years before they retired to enjoy adventuring together from their home base in Inverness, Florida (and Mount Airy in the summers). They enjoyed motorcycle trips to favorite haunts in the Sunshine State and the Blue Ridge Mountains; taking in the arts in Sarasota; and participating in shows and races for their beloved dogs, Amadeo and Bello.
Karen was a caring and devoted mother who was a constant support in big and small ways for her daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Sriyesh. Known by her grandchildren Katie and Charlie as “practically perfect in every way”, she also was the consummate Nana. She made every activity magical, from craft, cooking, and gardening projects to hosting 4th of July games and a lemonade stand.
Karen was a wonderful cook and gracious hostess, especially enjoying throwing parties on her expansive front porch. She also was an avid gardener who took as much pride in her plants’ beauty as in their role as a habitat for insects, birds, and reptiles. Her garden in Mount Airy was recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Her flowers and arrangements also took home numerous blue ribbons at flower shows.
Karen made friends everywhere she went with her friendly personality and genuine curiosity about the people around her. Everyone who met her was touched by her warm and positive spirit, and she will be deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers or food, Karen’s family requests memorial contributions to your favorite charity. They will celebrate her life in a private service at a later date.