Karen Willis, 59, of Monrovia, MD, entered eternal rest after a very brief illness on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Frederick Memorial Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Merritt D. Willis Sr.

Born on December 29, 1959, in Frederick, MD, she was the daughter of the late John Spencer and Martha E. Hoy.

Karen was a graduate of Linganore High School class of 1977. After graduating, she went on to become a CNA/GNA, in which she’d done for the past 42 years! She was currently employed by visiting Angels. She always had a passion for helping others. When she wasn’t working, you’d find her hanging out with her grandkids, watching British TV, Food Network, playing cards, drinking wine with family, or WWE!

She is survived by her children, Merritt D. Willis JR., Chantel Dey of Monrovia, and stepson, Marquette Willis of Laurel; two grandchildren, Jordan Mullen and Erica Dey of Monrovia; two brothers, Ernest Spriggs Sr. of Frederick and Kevin Spriggs (Rona),of Gaithersburg; two sisters, Velma Lawson (Royal) Adamstown and Cheryl Spriggs of Greenbelt; five brothers-in-law Wayne Willis (Charlotte), Herbert Willis (Eleanor), Harold Willis (Rene), Bernard Willis and Hammond Willis(Charlotte); two sisters-in-law Emily Dorm (Charles) and Genevieve Willis; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by sisters, Betty Lewis, Elaine Battle, and Susie Jackson; brothers, Nathan Hoy Jr. and John Moore; and sister-in-law, Troy Spriggs.

The family will receive friends at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossutmtown Pike, Frederick, on Friday, April 12, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. for a memorial gathering/celebration of life. Please come casually dressed (Jeans are welcome)

Interment will be private.

Donations may be made at her gofundme account at:


Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.