Johnson, Karolyn Layne

Karolyn Layne (Hudson) Johnson

September 30, 1952 - April 4, 2021

Karolyn Layne (Hudson) Johnson, age 68, passed away peacefully April 4, 2021 after a sudden and unexpected illness. She was born to Gus and Jennie Lou Howard Hudson in McKinney, TX and lived there until her passing.

After graduating from McKinney High School, Karolyn held various jobs throughout her life. Her true calling, however, was caring for others. She had a servant heart as big as Texas and spent much of her free time caring for family or friends in need. She loved sending sweet cards and thoughtful letters. Her kindness, compassion and loyalty were her finest qualities. She selflessly cared for her parents until their passing. Karolyn was faithful to her Lord and was a regular worshipper.

Karolyn’s joys in life included spending time with her family loudly playing dominoes and drinking unsweetened tea and decaf diet cokes. She was a collector of many things, from whimsical S&P shaker sets to old hats and vintage tools. Her yard often held some of her treasures and at one time included a fully functioning windmill. She also loved music, some of which was played for her as the Lord was bringing her home.

She is survived by her beloved brothers, Larry Hudson and wife, Judy of Rowlett, Texas and Jim Hudson and wife, Julie of McKinney, Texas. Survivors also include her cherished nieces and nephews, Clay Hudson (Elizabeth), Colin Hudson (Vanessa), Drew Hudson, Sarah Hudson, and Meredith Brown (Bradley). Karolyn deeply loved them all to the moon and back and was proud of each and every member of her family. She was loved in return by them and by the many other members of her extended family. She will be forever missed.

The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to McKinney Community North Baptist Church or SPCA McKinney.

Family and friends are invited to the funeral home at their convenience on Thursday, April 8, 2021 to pay their respects and to sign the register book.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 9, 2021 at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.

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Karolyn was a good friend from High School, I was shocked to hear about her passing because I’ve just seen her at the store. I had the pleasure to visit with her for a little bit, she was looking forward to our reunion. My heart goes out to the family in these sad times. Diane Stewart, April 12, 2021 Karolyn was not only a friend in High School Class of 1971, She was family on my Husband's side of the family. Her Mother-In-Law, Louise Johnson and my Mother-in-Law, Patsy Parks were sisters. Many happy memories and good times with Karolyn will be greatly missed. The most memorable legacy she left was the Honorable Christian she was. We'll see you soon my friend, when it's our appointed time to go. Praying for the family 
Sherry Parks , April 9, 2021 As of many others, I was the grateful recipient of Karolyn's friendship, kindness and thoughtfulness. Her absence in the fellowship of Community North Baptist Church will always bring an ache to our hearts, but a smile to our faces, as Karolyn was never without a smile! Loved those vintage hats! I imagine they had one waiting for her in heaven when she flew to Jesus! Grateful to have known her, Betty Rutledge Betty Rutledge, April 9, 2021 My heart is with you in this time of sorrow. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this tragic time. Peace be with you. Becky Kasten Bartelme , April 9, 2021 Praying for comfort and strength during this time of breavement. We knew Karolyn from church. She was a kind person who always sent my grandma get well cards and would come to check on us. Our prayers are with her family.
Drea' Woodard & Jeremiah Kennedy, April 9, 2021 I will truly miss you. You showed me what a true Christian friend is. Thank you for making me feel always thought about. You will always be remembered. Rest In Heavenly Peace.
Carolyn El-Jihad, April 9, 2021 My deepest condolences and prayers are with the family . Carolyn always had the sweetest smile and caring heart. She never met a stranger. I loved the way she treated everyone she would see . I would see her at Ross and she was always smiling . Rest In Peace sweet friend. You made such an impact on so many people with your sweetheart and beautiful smile . Joanna Copeland Shropshire, April 7, 2021 Condolences to the family during the very unexpected event. Jake Hurst, April 7, 2021 I am so sorry about Karolyn. Prayers lifted for all her family. Denice Burnside Green, April 7, 2021 Karolyn Johnson was a dear sister in Christ, and I am grateful for her life as she served The Lord with her prayers and loving kindness. I, for one, am a recipient of her gentle and sweet spirit. May the grace of God give you, her family and friends, His peace and comfort in this time of grief. Sincerely, Peggy Warren Peggy Warren, April 7, 2021 I attended school and was in the same graduating class with Karolyn. I always enjoyed the classes I had with her. She was always bright, happy, and caring. Karolyn was a friend to everyone but I counted her as a special friend. She was a person of great character and integrity. Heaven is rejoicing today and Karolyn is at home with Jesus. I was looking forward to seeing her this summer at our reunion but I will now wait and see her one day soon. God blessed us because we knew Karolyn. Cliff Jenkins, April 7, 2021 Rest in God’s gentle arms sweet Karolyn. Many will remember your goodness. Judy Class71 Judy Robinson Randolph, April 7, 2021 I never got to meet Karolyn in person. I know she was a wonderful person through all of the stories I have heard from my good friend Michael. We spoke on Facebook now and then and I could tell she would have been a wonderful person to have known. May her kind spirit help all who loved her get through this terrible time. Karolyn I know you will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved you. Scarlet Scarlet Harvey, April 6, 2021 Carolyn was such a sweet and caring person and always thinking of others. She was in my Sunday School Class at Community North Baptist Church and when I could go she was always in her place there in SS. Carolyn loved sending cards and most every month, I received a sweet card from her. She was on the Encouragement Committee and helped sending cards every month. In fact, I received an Easter card she signed last week with missing you in it. Charlotte Jennings, April 6, 2021 Karolyn was the sweetest lady I knew. She was my Aunt and I have so many sweet memories of her while growing up. For years, She would pick my sister and myself up before school started and take us school shopping where she worked at Ross in McKinney. She would always send cards and sweet notes. Im at a loss for words and she will be incredibly missed by many people. Hope Johnson, April 6, 2021 She was a good friend of both my Mother and me and always had a happy smile at church and I will miss her friendship. Randall Wilder, April 6, 2021