Karen Sue (Whitley) Wood, October 5, 1951~May 3, 2015

Karen Sue (Whitley) Wood, of Goshen died Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Fayetteville.  She was born October 5, 1951 in Ardmore, OK. to Herschel and Earlene Ward Whitley.

Karen remained positive and steadfast in her love for our Lord Jesus Christ. This most recent season of her life, which started about 14 months ago, accelerated her faith journey beyond belief. Her journey has been extraordinary! She proudly proclaimed she was a devoted follower of Christ. They’re not enough adjectives to express what a precious sister in Christ she was. A true inspiration to us all.

Karen was always positive that great things were taking place (and were going to take place) in our relatively new and small church-plant. She didn’t know the specifics, but she was extremely confident that the Lord would provide. In addition to love for God and her family, Karen was passionate for her church. When it came to supporting Unite – Fayetteville (www.unitefayetteville.com), she was second to none.

Through Unite Fayetteville, we are the sole supporter of a home in Pune, India called “Unite Pune Orphanage”. This home is for girls, however our boy’s home is opening up this summer. Karen would want to be clear, these are not orphanages per se, rather homes with parents in home-environments for children in need. In addition to supporting Unite Fayetteville, Karen was extremely active in various other prayer groups and cancer support groups. The number of people that she has fellowshipped with is enormous. Karen’s witnessing of her own story has helped many many people.

She is survived by her parents, Herschel and Earlene Whitley; husband, Frank Wood; three sons, Jason, David and Robert Wood; two daughters, Loree and Paige Wood; grandchildren, Jeremy and Gared Smith; Jason Jr., Jori, Royce, Cozette, Carter, and Hannah Wood; and Adrian Becker; and two great-grandchildren.

Karen was part of something unique here in Fayetteville, and with Christ’s grace and love, we will grow and expand on her tremendous contribution. With the Lord’s blessing, in lieu of cards, flowers, or other signs of caring, Karen would want you to donate to Unite Fayetteville (Unite Fayetteville, 2558 Huntsville, Rd., Fayetteville, AR. 72701). She so much wanted our church to have the ability to do even more, and she’d been praying for the last couple years for the strength to go to Pune, India in person.

Karen’s favorite Bible verse is very appropriate for this occasion – Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

She was truly blessed as we all are truly blessed!

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Unite Fayetteville.  Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

The family will receive friends at Beard’s from 5-7 P.M. on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel.

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    Karen Norris Carman » 05. May, 2015

    Karen was my childhood friend. We attended Will Rogers Elementary school. We were in Brownies together. We both went to OSU. I remember visiting her sweet grandmother, Bama many times with Karen. They were so close. Her grandmother was a dear friend of my mother. I was in Karen’s first wedding on Valentine’s Day. So many memories. Over time we lost touch with each other. We did reunite later when she was living in Lone Grove, but sadly I didn’t get to see her personally. Life is so short and each day is a blessing. I know from Facebook she had the most loving and caring family. She was so fortunate to have an amazing marriage. So much blessings in her short lifetime. I know her family and church will miss her immensely. I’m glad to say she was my friend and I wish her family many condolences.

    Karen Norris Carman

    Kristy Fore » 06. May, 2015

    Frank & family,
    During my time that I cleaned for you, the girls and I truly enjoyed our visits with Karen. She was so full of spunk and so funny, plus she had such a kind, caring heart, she was so good to my kids and I! Karen had accomplished so much in her lifetime and helped so many others, what a great legacy. I am so sad for the loss of Karen but I know she is in heaven! You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Kristy & Wes Fore, Traci and Taylor Lang

    Sue Ann Godfrey » 06. May, 2015

    I am glad to have known Karen. She had a smile that could brighten a room full of people.

    There were times I can remember of laughs and food when a group of the speech and music students gather at your home with Karen being the cheerful hostess.

    Karen was a great cheerleader for each one at any competition. She and I had some great times as the proud parents watching our children achieve in areas at state level.

    She will be missed here, but remembered fondly and loved for all she did for God and the people she touched.

    May God fill you with the comfort and peace of your knowledge in knowing she is in His love and presence. You will see her again when you meet together in heaven. Our love and prayers are being sent your way. God bless each of you.

    Cousin Wally » 06. May, 2015

    My sweet dear cousin, I only heard today of your passing. Such a void! We will all miss your sweet face forever but have lasting memories of you. Yoursuch a wonderful example for all of us, sharing your love for mankind and God. Your now in Heaven with Jesus and he’s has now taken possession with his loving arms around you, protecting you from any further pain or sadness. Sing with the Choir of Angels and take on that ageless new body that only Christ can give you. Miss and love you…….Cousin Wally

    Becky and Joel Williams » 06. May, 2015

    Karen and Joel always sat by each other in classes from Jr. High thru High School . In our History class she told him I liked him and to meet me at the Sonic. Well we are still together all these years later ! So Thank you Karen for the love of my life . She always had a smile on her face ! I know she had some difficulties with walking etc. but never mentioned it or complained . She was a great person and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Please accept our condolences. Sincerely Becky and Joel

    Name » 06. May, 2015

    We are sorry to hear of Karen’s passing and of the family’s great loss. Sending you support and love from West Texas. Schahara Winter Hudelson

    Jim Forbes » 07. May, 2015

    Frank and family,
    You have my deepest sympathy I truly know what a loss this is. I will be praying for her as I do my own wife.