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Karen Elizabeth (Duke) Goff

February 21, 1957 — April 17, 2023

Stephens City


Karen Elizabeth (Duke) Goff, 66, a resident of Stephens City, passed away on April 17, 2023, at the home of her daughter, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born on February 21, 1957 in Richmond, a daughter of the late Coy Dayne and Norma Jean Duke.

Karen graduated from Fauquier High School in 1975 and from Virginia Tech in 1979 with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught in Highland County for several years before moving to Roanoke, then to Mt. Airy and Damascus, MD, where she later became the church secretary at Taylorsville United Methodist Church in Taylorsville, MD. She later retired after working hardware retail at Christophers Hardware in Sandy Spring, MD.

Karen brought joy and love into everything she did and to everyone she met. No one was ever a stranger to Karen. She was particularly proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren, and enjoyed watching them participate in area sports and 4H events. Other than spending time with her family, Karen enjoyed antiquing, kayaking and taking photos of whatever mother nature showed her along the water. Karen spent many years making and selling jewelry with her best friend, Carolea Gordon, at tradeshows throughout Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. Karen had a great eye for decorating and making everything beautiful.

On April 14, 2018, she married her high school sweetheart, Wayne Goff, who survives. She is also survived by her children, Matthew Mitchell and wife, Jennifer of Troutville, Danielle Hunter and husband, Willie of Hedgesville, WV, Allan Mitchell and wife, Jen of Sykesville, MD; three grandchildren, Mark and Dayna Hunter and Grayson Mitchell; sister, Debbi Stephenson and husband, Jim of Monterey; nieces Kathy Newton and husband, Tyler of Asheville, NC, and Pam Carter and husband, Chris of Richmond; mother-in-law, Dorothy L. Jeffries of Warrenton; brother-in-law, Darrell Goff of Fairfax; sister-in-law, Robyn Goff of Midlothian; step-daughters, Lauren Hancock and husband, Alan of Huntsville, AL, and Erin Friend and husband, Dan of Clarksville, TN; and step-grandchildren Alexz and Austin Hancock, and Carter and Kaleigh Friend; as well as many more beloved extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2023, at The Church at the Old Oak in Monterey, with Pastor Bobbie Jo Gardner officiating. Committal will follow in the Monterey Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. The Monterey United Methodist Church welcomes family and friends for a meal immediately following the burial.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV, 25430 or at

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Saturday, May 6, 2023

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