Karen Golding White

Born: Fri., Feb. 5, 1943
Died: Wed., Aug. 19, 2009

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Karen Lynn Golding White, age 66, of Greensboro, GA and Reynolds Landing Community died Wednesday August 19, 2009 at her residence. She had fought a battle against the effects of a brain aneurysm for almost a year. Born in Medford, Oregon on February 5, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Golding and Dorothy Rose Pittenger Golding. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority, a loving group of support sisters who kept with her through the years.

She met her husband, Steve, while living in Annapolis, MD in her first year of teaching. While Steve was in the Navy, they lived for three years in Yokohama, Japan where she taught in the Department of Defense school system. Upon returning to the states they lived in Coral Springs, FL and she taught fifth grade in Plantation, FL. In 1978 she moved to Deer Run Community of South Rockdale County where they lived for 22 years. At that time she "retired" from teaching and devoted her time to family and community and elevated her tennis game while playing in the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association and USTA. She was a dedicated mother and classified herself as the "Sheriff of Deer Run Drive", keeping an eye on her three children and their friends. In the Deer Run Community she was a social organizer and planned many dinner events and parties that are still discussed today.

In 2000 she and Steve moved to Lake Oconee and made new friends while becoming a part of the community there. In addition to her husband, Steven J. White, she is survived by her two sons, Christopher White and wife Lisa of Covington, GA and Mark White and wife Wendy of Richmond, VA and daughter Carrie White of Brooklyn, NY. Additionally she adored her three grandchildren, Keller age 6; Elliot, almost 6, and Harper, 10 months. In Oregon she is survived by an uncle, Dr. Robert Pittenger and wife Alice of McMinneville and numerous cousins that for many years were like siblings plus a host of friends.

Memorial services will be held Saturday August 22, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church, 117 S. Main Street, Greensboro, GA at 11:00 a.m., Pastor James Choomack and Rev. Melissa Hamlin officiating. A reception for friends will be at the church at 10:00 a.m. and a celebration of life will be held after the service at the Lake Oconee Elks Lodge, 1116 Lake Oconee Parkway, Eatonton, GA, 706-991-1499, in the Sears Shopping Center just west of the Hwy 44 bridge. The family requests that any memorials be made to the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, P.O. Box 1327, Madison, GA 30650 (Greene County) or Elks Aidmore Children''s Center, 2394 Morrison Rd., Conyers, GA 30094. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, 706-453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Pat and Andy Nash
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
We were so sorry to learn that Karen has passed away. She was a wonderful lady. I enjoyed her very much in our Hand and Foot Cards group. We won't be able to make the service because I just had surgery on my knee and can't walk yet. We will certainly miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve and her family

kathie hayden estoup
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
Dear White Family, My thoughts are with all of you at this very difficult time in your lives. Hopefully as the grief lessens the many fond memories will take over. Steve, All the Chi O ladies thank you so much for sharing this journey of hope, dispair, anxiety, laughter and most of all love, with us. I can't tell you what it has meant to all of us and only hope that sharing somehow made it a little easier for you. Please keep in touch with us on occasion as we feel like you and Karen have been such a part of our lives this past year. You are truly an amazing man. Kathie

Jeanne and Chuck Rowland
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
We always think of Karen's amazing sense of humor and fun. Our Halloween party will never be quite the same without being able to look forward to one of her funny costumes. Although Karen will be greatly missed she will always be remembered in our hearts.

Dercke Bos-Burgener
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
Steve and Famely ,Please accept my sincere condolences in Karin's passing, but have said this I will have a beer and a cigarette (do I have never smoked)in her memory and the many times I joined her at " the outpost for smokers"to have a real joke or a lesson of life,I will miss her dearly, but know she is in a better place, will love you for ever Karin for the memories and the lessons of life. D.J.

Fred & Jenni Black
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
Steve and Family, please accept our sincere condolences in Karen's passing. She was a true friend; and one that we always knew we could depend upon. She had a great sense of humor, which we learned to appreciate. We will really miss her. Fred and Jenni Black

Angela and Larry Mauldin
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
Steve, so sorry about Karen. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Doris Maffucci
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
I was so saddened to hear about Karen's passing. I know she fought to be with her family and friends for so long. She will be missed.

Judy and Dick McGovern
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
White family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dick and I will miss Karen. Dick and Judy McGovern

Jim Hall
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
I am deeply saddened by the news of Karen's passing. I have missed her greatly since she was first stricken. I will always remember her laugh and wonderful sense of humor. Mine and Peggy's thoughts and prayers are with Steve and the family at this sad time. God bless you all.

Connie Karpinsky
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
I will always remember Karen with a big smile on her face. I am sure she never met a stranger. My thoughts and prayers are with you Steve, as well was with all of your family.

Roberta and Robert Mueller
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
Steve The entire community shares your loss. Roberta and Robert Mueller

Max Bozarth
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
Steve, I'm so sorry for your loss. It seams as though it was just yesterday when I met her for the first time. You were both so young. Your in my thoughts. Max

Mark and Joan Jaynes
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
Steve: The fond memories of Karen and the fun times we had with her will always be in our heart. She worked hard for Deer Run and made every party she had or was involved in a wonderful event. We will miss her.

Pat and Jack Horn
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
Steve, I am praying for God's Grace to just wrap around all of your family at this difficult time. May He give you Peace that can only come from Him. Our love, Pat and Jack Horn

Mike and Susan Skaliy
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
We will miss Karen terribly. She holds a very special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve and the family.

Tom & Pam Aversa
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
Steve & Family, Please know that caring thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with you. May God bless you and your family with comfort and Karen, with peace. Tom & Pam

Joyce & John Kender
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
Karen, we will miss our great dinner parties with you and your wonderful sense of humor.

Susan Harper
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
Steve & Family... So very sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family to have comfort & strength during this very difficult time. Will keep you all, in my prayers.

Bob and Cheryl Ludwig
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
Steve, Cheryl and I were saddened by the news of Karen's passing. WE have fond memories of her from our lives in Deer Run. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Bob and Cheryl Ludwig

John and Ginny Williams
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
Our prayers for the family in this sad time. We will miss her.

Dede Grier
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
My prayers are with you, Dede

Ed Mecchella and Linda Allen
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
She was a wonderful person and we will miss her dearly. You are in our prayers and we will always be here for you. Ed and Linda Mecchella

Karen Penkoski
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
I will always remember Karen's great sense of humor, honesty, and great sense of style! I will never forget the "Irish" wedding shower she and some of the other wonderful "Deer Runners" gave me. She definitely knew how to throw a party, cook some food and have a lot of fun! I loved listening to all of her colorful "Deer Run" stories. She was so much fun and we will miss her. Our prayers are with you Steve. Karen and Rich

Bob and Grace Groce
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
Steve, Carrie and family, we are so sorry for your loss and our prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time.

Charlotte and Marty Jones
   Posted Fri August 21, 2009
Dear White Family, Marty and I are truly saddened by the loss of Karen. She fought a courageous battle for along time. Steve you were a true inspiration to her through all these months;driving to Athens every day and being by her side. She is with the Lord now, in his gentle and comforting arms looking down on her family and friends. Karen will be truly missed;gone but never forgotten. Marty and I are here for you and your family. In Sympathy,Charlotte & Marty Jones

Jim and Judy Broome
   Posted Sat August 22, 2009
Karen certainly fought the good fight. She will be missed by everyone. Judy and Jim Broome

Connie Cline
   Posted Sat August 22, 2009
We happened to be out in Portland, Oregon this week and actually just returned this evening. Otherwise, we would have been there today to be a part of the celebration of Karen's life. We will all miss her. love, Connie and Wynn Cline

De Leggett
   Posted Sat August 22, 2009
My sincerest condolences to the family. Karen fought a valiant battle this last year and I'm so sorry she's lost the battle. My compliments to Steve who fought for her just as vigorously.

Ellis & Becky Bateman
   Posted Sun August 23, 2009
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Karen was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bob and Betty Powell
   Posted Mon August 24, 2009
We are saddened by the death of Karen. We have expressed our condolences directly to her family, but we would to make one observation not expressed in other messages nor at the memorial service. Our daughter Lisa is married to Chris White. We have observed that Karen was a kind and loving mother-in-law. She will truly be missed. Like others, we were also impressed by the unselfish and unmeasurable devotion of Steve to Karen during the last year. He cared for her, arranged the best professional care available, and encouraged her. Steve set a lofty example of love that will be difficult for others of us to match.

Patti Greenup
   Posted Mon August 24, 2009
Steve, I wish there was something I could say to ease your pain. There are difficult days ahead but let your love and memories of Karen keep you strong. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Patti

Dick Lebby
   Posted Wed August 26, 2009
Very sorry for your loss. Dick & Gerry Lebby

Jim and Cynthia Strother
   Posted Fri August 28, 2009
Steve we are so sorry about the death of Karen. I really loved and enjoyed her humor.

Lu Frier Bryd
   Posted Fri August 28, 2009
Thinking of you and your family; and sending prayers and hugs. Lu & Eddie Byrd