Karen C. Heydt, 63, of West Columbia went to her heavenly home on April 9, 2022.
Born in Hope Mills, N.C. on September 28, 1958, to Nadine (Robert) Clark and the late Joseph (Linda) Pate. She graduated in the top of her class at South View High School (Fayetteville, ’76). She grew up attending Green Springs Baptist Church, shelling butterbeans on her family farm and eventually meeting the love of her life, Mark Heydt, who preceded her in death on June 10, 1995.
She devoted many years to the Department of Social Services helping to provide families with the assistance that they so desperately needed. She had a profound love of music, traveling, and going to the beach to stick her toes in the sand and hear the crash of the waves. Her door was always open for anyone who needed a place to lay their head as she generously gave to anyone in need and deeply cared for others. But her most treasured time was that spent with her grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her heart of gold, beautiful smile, and giving nature.
Her beautiful, caring life will forever be cherished by her many loved ones including her children, Nikki Britt (Wes) of Valdosta, G.A., Michelle Villegas (David) of Goldsboro, N.C and Brandon Heydt (Amy) of Lexington, S.C.; grandchildren, Wesley and Lorelai Britt, Abigail, Ethan and Olivia Villegas, Cooper, Jackson, William and Payson Heydt; stepchildren, Christopher and Lindy Welch; and her beloved partner of 20 plus years, Lonnie “Mitch” Welch.
A Memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 16 at RADIUS Church – White Knoll; 5181 Platt Springs Rd, Lexington, SC 29073.
In lieu of flowers her children ask that you pay it forward and show kindness to help someone in need, as she was always there to help others.