Karen Champ Jackson, 52, went to be with Our Lord after a short illness with metastatic cancer. A native of Poquoson, Karen attended Poquoson High School and graduated in 1984. Following high school, she entered the Riverside Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1987. Karen's love of children led her to her first job in dialysis at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters where she remained for 9 years. Throughout her career as a nurse, Karen worked in several different places. Focusing primarily on dialysis, she worked at Hampton General Hospital, Sentara Careplex, was the general manager at Davita Dialysis for 7 years and until her passing, was the area manager a Fresenius Renal Care.
Karen loved spending time with her long haired chihuahua, Coda, driving her 2008 California Special Mustang, collecting frogs, listening to country music, supporting her Washington Redskins, adorning the color blue and sapphires, cruising the Caribbean, enjoying a Diet Mountain Dew and fulfilling her calling of being a nurse. Karen was always there to help anyone and her family.
Karen is preceded in rest by her father, Eugene Champ, Sr.; brothers, Eugene Champ, Jr. and Larry Champ. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Michael Jackson; mother, Myrna Champ; daughter, Nichole Wright; grandson, Brantley Wright brother, Daniel Champ; stepson, Brandon Jackson, nieces, Christina Champ, Crystal Champ, Reba Champ; nephews, Damion Champ and Daniel Champ, Jr.
A visitation will be held at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 and a funeral service will be held 12:00 p.m. Friday, January 11 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Poquoson with the burial immediately following at Parklawn Memorial Park.
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