Karen Callahan


Karen Stratton Callahan, age 73, died May 20, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C.

Born March 25, 1949, in Front Royal, Va., Karen was the daughter of Thelma Stratton Cameron and the late Hubert Stratton, an architect in Winchester, Va.

Karen is survived by her children, Erin Callahan of Sylva, N.C., and Robert Christopher “Chris” Callahan of Charlotte; her two dear “grandgirls,” Eloisa Fern Callahan (daughter of Karina Vazquez Zazueta and Chris Callahan) and Sabine Stratton Callahan (daughter of Erin Callahan, (William B. Gallagher III of Washington, D.C. and Jeff Faulkner of Durham, N.C.); two sisters, Kathye-Lynn Stratton and Kaye Conrad Stratton Bock; and mother, Thelma Stratton Cameron, all of Winchester, Va.

Karen earned an M.Ed. at the University of Virginia in 1972 and was a child development expert who was active and well-known in the Charlotte child development community. She began by teaching first grade in Orange County, N.C., in the 1970s and went on to teach at Central Piedmont Community College and advocate for young children in North Carolina for four decades.

A memorial service was held May 27, 2022, at 2 p.m. in Providence United Methodist Church Chapel, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28222.

Memorials may be made to Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, 6300 Highland Ave., Charlotte, NC 28215.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; 704-641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.