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Karene Moody Passmore

November 16, 1936 - May 27, 2020

Karene Moody Passmore, of Hendersonville died on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at her home. She was born in Jackson County, North Carolina to the late Columbus Hyatt Moody and Bertie Mell Childress Moody. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Bessie Lee Pressley, Betty Jo Norman, Jeane Stewart and Patsy Pressley.

Karene was a graduate of Glenville High School and then attended beauty school where she received a degree in cosmetology. She would spend many years as a beautician and was well loved and respected by her clients. She volunteered as a Nurse’s Aid for the Red Cross; she was a loving, caring and forgiving person.

Karene loved all that nature had to offer, always taking time to stop and appreciate the flowers, plants and other splendors of the outdoors. She spent many hours birdwatching, loved animals and enjoyed reading. She was a lover of music and an excellent pianist. As an avid golfer, she was a member of the Flat Rock Lady Swingers Golf League having won several club championships. She was also a member of Balfour United Methodist Church.

Karene was a beloved wife and mother to her husband, Arnold Cleveland Passmore and daughter, Belinda Passmore of the home; sisters, Jacqueline Rathbone of Waynesville and Peggy Hooper of Bluffton, SC; and several nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28791.

Karene loved all her family dearly and will be sorely missed, especially by her daughter, Belinda who was also her best friend.


In time, many things change,

In time, many things are forgotten,

In time, many things are replaced,

But as long as there is time,

Our love for you will never change.

You will never be forgotten

And you will never be replaced.


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