It is with great sadness to announce the sudden death of our dear friend, caring neighbor and wonderful community volunteer, Karen Cronin, who passed away this morning following an accident on Friday while snorkeling in Hawaii.
Karen’s legacy to eastern Montgomery County and all of the New River Valley is one of graceful and joyful service to others.
Since retiring in 2003 from Virginia Tech after 22 years as a video producer and radio programmer, she has served as a full-time volunteer with the local United Way Board, Social Services Board, League of Women Voters local board and League of Women Voters state board.
She was a founding member and sustainer of the EastMont Garden Club and EastMont Arts Association, editor of The LINC Letter, and had recently become a board member of Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation.
She was a member of the EastMont Tomato Festival committee, and made a particular point of stating in her biography that she was the 2009 Heirloom Tomato Queen. She was also a craft teacher for events at the Meadowbrook Public Library and Community Center – teaching fabric and glass painting among other decorative crafts.
Outside of her community work, she was an avid tennis player and traveler — two hobbies she especially enjoyed sharing with her husband, Mike.
Local funeral arrangements are being handled by Horne Funeral Service. Mike will return from Hawaii to their Elliston home on Tuesday or Wednesday, at which time a memorial service will be planned.
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