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405 Alleghany Street
PO Box 12
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Phone: (540) 862-4157
Fax: (540) 862-5723
Karen Underwood

Karen Underwood

Saturday, August 25th, 1951 - Monday, May 10th, 2021
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Karen Sue Arrington Underwood, age 69, of 3606 Douthat Road, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Monday, May 10, 2021 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
Karen was born August 25, 1951 in Alleghany County, Virginia to late Robert and Glennebelle Armentrout Arrington (Dobbs). She retired after 41 years as an elementary school teacher with the Alleghany County Public School System, and was a member of the National Education Association and the Alleghany Highlands Retired Teachers Association. She attended the Iron Gate Advent Christian Church and loved working puzzles and NASCAR.
In addition to her parents, Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. “Dickie” Underwood and her cat “Skittles”.
She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Darlene Oyler and husband Kenneth of Clifton Forge and Jenny Eggleston and husband Marvin of Covington; two brothers-in-law, Ronnie Underwood, and wife Judy, and Cecil Underwood, both of Clifton Forge; a half-brother, Jamie Arrington and wife Tammy of Hot Springs; an aunt, Joyce Wills of Clifton Forge; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins, their families, and the entire Underwood family.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM in Central Advent Christian Cemetery, Clifton Forge with Mr. Chris Fisher officiating. Interment will immediately follow. There will be no formal visitation. However, friends may call anytime at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge.
The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Alleghany Humane Society, 9313 Rich Patch Road, Covington, VA 24426.
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Julie Douglas

Posted at 05:01pm
I so loved Ms Underwood she was a favorite teacher of me and my daughter. She was a great inspiration to all who had the privilege to know her. Many prayers for her family and friends during this difficult time;
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Linda Thomas Dameron

Posted at 08:53pm
My thoughts are with her loved ones. A dear sweet lady that will be missed. She and Dickie are together once again. Rest in peace dear friend.
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Catherine Hoke

Posted at 07:31pm
Darlene and family, I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Ellen Fridley and family.
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Ronnie and Judy Underwood

Posted at 03:19pm
Mrs. K
I met Ronnie and soon was a member of the "out-law" part of the Underwood family joining Marvin, Punk, and you. For over forty years we shared an experience that I will forever cherish. As your sister-in-law, I saw first hand the love you and Dickie shared and there's no doubt that you two were made for each other! During the last months of his life, he made it quite clear that we were to take care of you, which is how Darlene and Punk became your main care givers with some help from the rest of the family. You said many times that you appreciated the fact that we were willing to help. You were funny because asking for help with "a" favor would often turn into 4 or 5 favors and "an hour or so" would be many hours. The day Ronnie helped you buy a car, you and he were gone an entire day; but, you got what you wanted even if it meant trying out car after car. That was part of your charm; you knew what you wanted and you always found a way. You were never afraid to speak up or share your opinion that's for sure.

It was fun being your co-worker, especially the years you, Lana, and I were on the same team. Lana and I were just remembering the time the three of us (and ReRe) chaperoned a field trip to Lexington and lost the school bus! That's not easy to do, but we did it. Waiting with around 50 fifth graders, we asked for the Central bus to pick us up. A Central School bus showed but it was not our Central School bus. It took awhile but, eventually, our bus showed and we headed for Low Moor although VERY late. You had the bright idea to give the kids tissues to wave out the windows---we surrender and we're sorry we're late--- as we pulled up to the front of the school. We had caused the afternoon Alleghany County bus schedule to be altered " just a bit". We were teased about that field trip for years. Now, you and ReRe are gone, but Lana and I will never forget the fun we had that day with two special friends.

At school, you were Mrs. K Underwood and I was Mrs. J Underwood. However, you once received a note addressed to Mrs. Kay Underwood. You turned to me and said "I guess that makes you Mrs. Jay Underwood." I'm smiling through the tears as I remember that day. You had many names but, " Aunt Karen" was the best one. You always remembered your nieces' and nephews' and grandnieces' and grandnephews' birthdays and sent them candy every Halloween and Christmas. Rest in peace Aunt Karen, your family will miss you. Mrs. J
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