Karen McAllister
(1942 - 2012)

Karen McAllister

July 12, 1942

February 21, 2012

Karen “Nikki" McAllister, 69, of Falls Church, VA passed away on Tuesday, February 21st after battling lymphoma. Karen was born on July 12, 1942 in Atlantic City, NJ daughter of the late Allen and Dorothy Keller.

Karen graduated from Atlantic City HS in 1960 and Monmouth College in 1964. Shortly after their marriage in 1970, Karen and her loving husband worked in Vietnam for four years before settling in Falls Church. Karen was a patron of American Indian art and a supporter of the American Indian Society. Between 1996 and 2005, Karen and her husband taught English at a university in Changsha, Hunan, China.

Surviving is her husband Michael McAllister; and sons Keith and wife Donna, of Arlington, VA; and Eric and wife Sarah and granddaughter Isabel of Brooklyn, NY. Also, brothers Jeffry Keller of Atlantic City; and Christopher Keller and wife Kathleen, of Mechanicsburg, PA; and niece Margaux Keller of Bethesda, MD.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 10 at 1:00pm at Advent Funeral Home, 7211 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22046.

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Karen was so generous, funny, open-minded, and just pleasant to be around. I always felt so comfortable whenever I would come to the McAllister house for band practice "Carving Letters". Karen would always offer me snacks and drinks, and never complained about the noise coming from the basement. Even though I hadn't seen her much since Eric moved up north, I have always felt a connection to Karen and the entire McAllister family.
John Brill (friend)
March 10th, 2013
I remember the first time I went to Mike and Karen's home in NUDT of china, I am a student,and I feel nervous in teacher's home, Karen said "Are you cold?" and talk with me for a while.I feel we are friends from that day. She is nice.Heaven is so lucky to have her.
I miss her.
Sam Sam (Friend)
October 27th, 2012
When I saw the picture of Karen at this page, it seems to me that Karen was alive, all memories comes back to me, her smiles, kind voice, nice talks, and so on.
Wensong Zhang (friend)
March 29th, 2012
Shocked by hearing Karen passing away,I'm here to memorialize a special friend of mine:Karen.Karen witnessed my growth:from a boyish man in high school
to a mature adult. I still cherish the memory of those days we experienced in
Changsha:You had a long talk with me,comfort me and dragged me out of my black mood;
You and Michael treated me to a trememdous meal,etc.I miss you and pray for you.
Gao Fei (a close friend)
March 9th, 2012
Catherine and Charles, my parents first met Karen and Mike in the mid 70's half a world away and found a connection that survived
these many years.Rich, my brother and I came to know Karen and Mike through the years, at gatherings that included great conversations, good food, and lots of catching up on family and life. We will miss Karen's warm smile, indomitable spirit and caring nature.Our hearts and prayers go out to Mike, Keith and Eric at this most difficult time.We will not be able to attend Karen's memorial, but will be with you all in spirit.
kathy krattenmaker (friend)
March 9th, 2012
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"I remember the first time I went to Mike and Karen's home in NUDT of china, I am a student,and I feel nervous in teacher's home, Karen said "Are you cold?" and talk with me for a while.I feel we are friends from that day. She is nice.I miss her."
Sam Sam
October 27th, 2012
"How is Karen? My son Shawn asked me the other day. I said to him: She is nice and sound there, and smile at us forever. Karen, you will always be with us..."
Cheng Wang
March 3rd, 2012
"Words of her passing are shocking: it was like days ago we talked over the net. Karen was silent but warm inside. She lived in music that brought peace to people around. Karen left us with her smile and kindness. She will be with us for long!"
Jing Liu
March 3rd, 2012
"Mike and Karen were my family when I leave home for the first time to Changsha for the university life. We, a group of Chinese students were for the first time be treated as adults although actually we were indeed immatured boys and girls."
Zhi-Guo Ding
March 1st, 2012
"We will miss our visits with Karen very much. You all were such wonderful neighbors and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and the family. Tom &Carol"
Carol & Tom Crouse
March 1st, 2012
"It's been 6 hrs since I got Mike's mail about Karen's passing. I relayed the news to my wife Emily, who's a doctor and who told me how brave Karen must've been, battling lymphoma. I couldn't digest the news and ran myself out. We'll miss you, "
Mark Grissom
March 1st, 2012
"I don't know how to express myself now. I can never forget the help Karen and Michael have offered to me in Changsha. Last few days, I still planed to prepare for Michael and Karen's visit to China this month. Karen will always lives on in my heart"
Victoria Zeng
March 1st, 2012

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