Karen Dean Matthewson

January 14, 1973 - September 30, 2016

01/14/1973 - 09/30/2016

Past Services

Tuesday October 11, 2016
2:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Maestas Chapel
1801 Baltic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-1112 | Directions

Karen Dean Clemons was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 14 1973, to her biological parents Gloria Smith and Jerome Stanford. Raised by Georgia Dean Clemons and Ralph Daniel Clemons in San Diego, California, she attended Morse High School and graduated with honors in 1991.
Married to her first husband, John Demps, she gave birth to Deidre Clemons in 1992. She was her daughter’s hero in life, and instilled courage and strength to her following three children. For 3 years Karen was an entertainer in a band, were she enjoyed singing, dancing and she also was a professional tambourine player, hard-worker as a caregiver and phlebotomist. Aside from entertaining, she loved to exercise her skills as a hairstylist and cook for friends and family. Karen loved to sing to her children. Her most favorite song that she would dedicate to them was “Wind beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler.
Karen met Ruben Matthewson in 1997, they later married in 2003. They have been through thick and thin together but always loved each other dearly and stuck by each other. They had 3 sons together Ezell Matthewson, John Demps and Josiah Matthewson. She was a very spiritual person and was raised in the Greater Harvest Church of God and Christ in San Diego. Later on during her life she joined the South bay Pentecostal Church and continued with the Pentecostal faith.
She leaves behind 4 siblings Shonetella Clemons, Aline Clemons and Ernest Smith, Tarquita Clemons. Mother in law Geraldine Jamerson, Father in law Orman Matthewson, brother and sisters in laws the Matthewson and Rice families. Other relatives, Aunts Eleonora Smith, Delores Smith and Uncle Georgy Boy and her only granddaughter, Ashling Davis. Along with a host of her aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Karen was strong, beautiful and lively, with courage and strength, she persevered despite the battle of cancer. She always stood for positivity, love and happiness.
Close friends and family will always love, remember and keep Karen Matthewson in their hearts and minds

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2 years ago

I miss you mom I stay up so late thinking about and missing you daily today i cried for you. I hoping and praying you were peaceful and know that ill always love forever, your memories and all you stregth and love lives on I tell my friends and my daughter about you all thim time. Ashling tells me she misses you and she have dreams about you and so do I. I love and miss you always and forever my hero and biggest influence and inspiration in my life. you are so beautiful and people tell me and I know I got my beauty love and strength from you .

5 years ago

Happy birthday you forever be in my memory

Michelle Washington
7 years ago

Dear Family of Mrs. Karen Matthewson,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. May you be comforted beyond measure as you grieve your loss. The time will soon come when sickness and death will be no more. (Isaiah 33:24 & Isaiah 25:8) Almighty God has a longing to undue all that death has caused. (Job 14:14-15)
By means of a resurrection to life families will be reunited with their previously deceased love ones. (Acts 24:15)