KANNAPOLIS Verona "Patsy" Blackwelder Karriker, 90, of Kannapolis, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at Tucker Hospice House, following a short illness. Patsy was born Jan. 25, 1929, in Rowan County, a daughter of the late Homer Leroy and Wilma Belle Ketchie Blackwelder. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Casey Linn Karriker in 1978. Patsy was an active member of New Hope Lutheran Church, where she served in the choir, Altar Guild, and the Good Timers Circle. She loved going to the beach, was an avid reader and was a great baker. She retired from the sewing room at Plt. #1 Cannon Mills with over 40 years of service. She dearly loved her church and her family. Family members left to cherish her memory include two sons, Casey Wayne Karriker and wife, Janet, of China Grove, Keith Karriker and wife, Diane of Landis; one daughter, Yvonne Shepherd and husband, Terry, of Currituck; four grandchildren, Linn Karriker, Jennifer Candler, Jillian Johnson and Benjamin Shepherd; 10 great-grandchildren; and three nieces. The family will receive friends this evening (Friday, Oct. 25), at Whitley's Funeral Home, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at New Hope Lutheran Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, conducted by the Rev. Denton Bennet. Interment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. At other times the family will be at the residence. The family requests that memorials be made to New Hope Lutheran Church, 1615 Brantley Rd., Kannapolis, NC 28083; or Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Condolences may be made to whitleysfuneralhome.com. Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the Karriker family.