Biography: Karen Nora Johnson Valle, born in New York on September 13, 1943 to the late Helen Carpenter and the late John Johnson.
Karen, also known as Aunt Cookie, Nana, BooBoo and Ms. Karen to family, friends and those who knew her well. Karen met and married Luis Valle in 1965, this union produced two loving daughters Carrien and Cerene. Karen worked for Verizon for 28yrs then retired and divided her time with church and visiting her daughters. She was a devout, loyal and faithful member of 35yrs at Lowly Nazarene Baptist Church. She was President of the Ushers.
Karen was an avid fisherwoman, who loved to fish and took great pride with always catching the most fish on the boat. Her love for the sport fed everyone with fresh caught fish which usually 35-40 fish.
Family gatherings were the world to her. Being around her loved ones who meant everything to her. She enjoyed every minute with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. It just made life sweeter especially since in her eyes they could do no wrong EVER.
Karen loved life so much. She celebrated her birthday EVERYDAY. If she was in a restaurant celebrating her birthday, everyone knew it. Cake, drinks and a good time was had by all.
Karen would want you to remember her words of wisdom, which she shared often, her comforting arms which were cried on often but most of all her LOVE FOR LIFE. Her spirit was contagious and her smile remains on your mind and in your heart forever.
Karen went home to glory on January 31, 2020 after a brief illness at Albert Einstein Hospital. She is predeceased by her husband, parents and siblings. Her legacy continues on thru her daughters Carrien Lynn Dickerson (Va), Cerene Lynn Cruz (Fla); grandchildren Quentin, Camille, Brandon, Victoria, Miles ; great grandchildren Anthony, Alex, Marshall, Ayden and Avery; her sister Durie Johnson (NY); step-children, step grandchildren and a host of neices, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.
Karen may have gone onto glory, but her spirit, legacy and love for life will continue to live on thru those she loved and knew her.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the thorn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm18:2 (NIV).