Karen Susan Bartee-Ellis

September 9, 1957 - February 22, 2024

09/09/1957 - 02/22/2024

Past Services

Saturday March 02, 2024
1:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Maestas Chapel
1801 Baltic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-1112 | Directions

Karen Susan Bartee-Ellis, aged 66, residing in Virginia Beach passed away peacefully in her home on February 22, 2024, after living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer for over four years.

She was born on September 9, 1957 in Norfolk, VA and attended Granby High School. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Ruth Nichols, and her two brothers Frank and William (Billy) Nichols.

She had her daughter, Jennifer, with the first love of her life, George Richard Walton and her son, Lucas, with the second love of her life, Barry Bartee. At the age of 37 she met the true love of her life, Tony Ellis, with whom she traveled the world and built their dream home in Croatan Beach, in Virginia Beach, VA.  Tony performed flawlessly as a caretaker and was by her side every day and night.

After raising her children, she embarked on a career in real estate that took her to a top level performer for Prudential and Re/Max. She garnered many accolades in her real estate career, ultimately achieving platinum status with Hampton Roads Realtors Association. Beyond her real estate career she and Tony built a successful home remodeling business, Bayshore Home Solutions.  Karen truly had a very generous spirit and a gift to help others reach their full potential in business and in all aspects of their lives.

She is survived by her husband Tony Ellis, her two grateful children Jennifer (Marc) and Luke (Laura), four amazing grandchildren Jack, Sophie, Maddie and Ryder, and many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Nina Balanchivadze of Virginia Oncology Associates, Dr. Carey Anders of Duke Cancer Center, the teams at Trinity Hospice, and Changing Tides Home Care as well as our beloved RayRay for her unwavering compassion, love and support.

Please join us on Saturday, March 2nd at 1:00pm for a celebration of life service at Altmeyer Funeral Home (1801 Baltic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451).  In lieu of flowers, donations to METAvivor (metavivor.org) would be appreciated.

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Melani and Sumner Nichols
1 month ago

Since moving back to the Tidewater area, we were so grateful for re-connecting with Karen and many of our family members. We only wish we had more opportunities to get to know each other better. They say if you mention a lost love one’s name they are never truly gone from us. Say Karen’s name often and she will be remembered always. Tell all the good stories. Rejoice in Karen’s lifetime.

Barbara Miner
1 month ago

Karen was our neighbor across the street when we lived in Croatan. She was beautiful, smart , vivacious and funny. She fought like a girl in her battle with cancer – every step of the way. She is an inspiration to everyone dealing with a situation that at times is hopeless- and never gave up. Your struggle is over Karen. You rest now and let the angels carry you home.
With deepest condolences,
Barbara and Tom Miner

Deb Kurtz
1 month ago

Karen was an inspiration. She did everything so well. Great cook, decorator, neighbor and friend. She loved her family and spending time with them . They were the most important part of her life. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She was a warrior and taught you to not just accept what you are told but to research and advocate for yourself. She will truly be missed.

Jack Rosenberg
1 month ago

Gammy was a loving grandma who lived every day to the fullest. She would love to listen to Beatles songs and would always make me laugh. Truly couldn’t have asked for a better grandparent. I love you forever and always.

Charlene Smith Cattoi
1 month ago

Hugs and prayers
Karen will be greatly missed

1 month ago

Life is a journey and Karen travelled it very well! She has left behind many family members and friends that will forever hold her in their hearts. I love you and miss you ❤️❤️❤️

1 month ago

Bartee-Ellis as I called her shared many things with me both professional and personal. She was a great listener and laugher. I will miss her dearly. I am so Thankful for her friendship. Love to Cletus for taking such great care of his bride! And thanks to her wonderful daughter Jennifer for always keeping me informed even when I was out of state. Xo