Karen E (Smith) Mayes

December 9, 1954 ~ April 11, 2020 (age 65)


Karen E. (Smith) Mayes, age 65 passed away unexpectedly at her residence on April 11 2020.

She said was born December 9 1954 in Bronx, New York to Elizabeth Smith.

She was later adopted by Joseph and Iris Morris. She attended John Bowne High School in Queens, New York.

In 1998 she eloped and married her best friend and love, Thomas Johnson who preceded her in death in 2004.

Karen loved life and lived it to the fullest. She loved to watch movies and listen to music. Shopping online, and painting were two of her favorite ways to pass time. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

She leaves to cherish her memories two sisters Toni Carroll and Deryl Bowick of Durham NC; one daughter Dawne (Russell) Mckoy; one son Russell Wright Jr.; one special granddaughter whom she raised Latanya Smith; ten grandchildren; seven great grandchildren;  four nieces Dennell (Burnice) Cross, Dionne (Morgan) Blackwell, Samantha (Tammy) Jackson and Leah (Michael) Johnson; one nephew Kevin (Takela) Bowick; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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April 17, 2020

12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor
3137 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

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