Karen Stoffel Balfour
Karen Stoffel Balfour, 69, of Live Oak, FL passed away on February 27, 2020 in Gainesville, FL.

Karen was born in China Lake, California to Bernard and Hilda Stoffel on March 22, 1951. She was raised in Choctaw Beach and later Merritt Island Florida during the early days of space exploration in the 50s and 60s.

She worked for the Florida bond and trust banking industry for many years in Jacksonville, FL before retiring and moving to Suwannee County in 2000. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, needle point and was a talented seamstress. She cherished her church and her family, especially her grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her husband of 38 years, R. Paul Balfour; son Jeremiah and (Stacey) Smith; daughters Jessica and (Jason) Parker, Taylor and (Dustin) Smith; grandchildren Elizabeth, Victoria, and Noah. The family would ask that everyone that knew Karen to take a moment to enjoy the joy, beauty, and wonder of life to celebrate her passing.
Published on March 11, 2020


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Roy Roberts
Mar 14, 2020
Sorry to hear. She is in a better place. Ricky, you are tough shipmate and admired by many. You will be fine .RIP Karen. My prayers and condolences with all.
Mar 11, 2020
Karen was a good friend who would literally give you the shirt off her back. There were many times she would look at me and say, “I have a shirt just like that. I would have to tell her, No, you used to have this shirt, but you gave it to me. I miss her so!
Gloria Davis
Mar 11, 2020
Karen was a loving, helpful, graciously opinionated sister in Christ, who loved her family and church family very much....her pride was in her kids and grands, whom she loved dearly....she will be missed
Dave BeBout
Mar 11, 2020
11 Mar 2020 - Karen, You fought a Valiant Fight. May you Rest in Peace ❤️.
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Lynn Mabey
Mar 11, 2020
So many memories! She loved her family and church family very much and loved doing for all when she could. Very generous, talkative, beautiful seamstress! Will miss her very much. Love you all!!