DURRETT, Karin Lynn Severud Durrett, 77 of Atlanta, GA, passed away May 11th, 2019 as a result of ALS. Born in Miami, FL to Gordon and Sara Severud, Karin graduated from Coral Gables High School and the University of Georgia with a Fine Arts degree in 1965. She was an elementary art teacher in the Atlanta public schools for 10 years. In 1973 she married Dr. Donald Durrett and together they had two sons, Christian and Dana. Karin was a member of the Junior League and for decades was a Sunday School teacher at Smoke Rise Baptist Church where she was an active member. She was a beloved friend to many in the Smoke Rise community and her fitness center in Stone Mountain. Karin loved art, traveling, and especially her family. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Don Durrett, son Christian and wife Saraliene of Atlanta; son Dana and wife Fia of Atlanta; son Don Jr. of Edina, MN; daughter Dr. Lynley Durrett of Atlanta; daughter Lori Berger and husband Mark of Atlanta; and ten grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday, May 17 at 12:30 p.m. at Smoke Rise Baptist followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggestions donations to the ALS Society.

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  1. We are very sorry to hear about your loss. We have enjoyed working with Don and Karin for many years.

  2. We are very sorry to hear about your loss, and offer our condolences to the family.

  3. We are so saddened to hear of Karin’s death! What a great neighbor she was all those years ago. We pray for your strength and comfort. So glad that God let us all cross paths.

  4. Arlene Kirkland and Family
    Karen was such an inspiration to the Youth at Smoke Rise Baptist Church. She was so sincere and so on point when teaching The Bible and in teaching about the importance of a personal relationship with a Jesus. She discipled the graduating class of 2000. We are forever grateful for Her service and for Don’s service to our Savior thru their teachings to our youth. Our condolences to you all.❤️

  5. So very sorry to hear of Karin’s passing. She was such a beautiful lady and so kind. She was one of my most favorite people
    at Smoke Rise Baptist. We will miss her so much.

  6. We are so sorry to hear of Karin’s death. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

  7. Karin will truly be missed. Her zest for life was infectious and she always had a smile on her face. We had such fond memories living in The Summit. I’m always going to remember her being such a great classy lady.

  8. We are very sad to have lost Karin from our midst. Always a cheerful and kind person, she made a happy friend to all she met. Knowing her all these years was such a blessing and we will truly miss her. Our condolences go out to Don and the Family.

  9. We are saddened to hear of Karin’s passing. Our daughter, Ivey (now in her 30’s) still has such beautiful memories of Sunday school days with Karin. She was such a favorite of the Smoke Rise kids. Prayers for your family as you move through these difficult days.

  10. I (Georgia Keadle Hardison, daughter of Kitty and Tim Keadle) remember Karin fondly as a Bible teacher at Smoke Rise Baptist Church. I am grateful for her influence on me as I grew in my walk with Jesus. Her faithful love and encouragement pushed me towards Jesus as did so many others like her at Smoke Rise Baptist Church. I will forever be thankful for the ETERNAL impact these mentors in the faith had on my life.

  11. We are sad to hear about Karin. She was there for others. She was there for us! We send our love to the family!
    Al and Shirley Furr

  12. To the Durrett Family

    Those we Love, Don’t go Away, They walk beside us everyday.

    Unseen, unheard, But always near.

    Still loved, still missed and always dear.

  13. Dear friends, saddened to hear about Karin’s illness and death. What a wonderful neighbor she was. We pray for your peace and comfort during this time of grief.Thinking of you all!

  14. We are indeed sorry to hear of your loss. Karin was a lovely woman and will be missed by so many. We offer our deepest sympathy.

  15. We were so very sorry to hear of your loss. Karin was a lovely lady who will be missed by so very many people. We wish to offer our deepest sympathy.

  16. I am so sorry to hear about about you loss. Karin. she was a great friend. I will miss her stopping at my nursery door and talking to the children. she was one classy lady. RIP Karin you will be missed

  17. I am so sad to hear of Karin’s death! Karin was a special friend she would stop by my nursery door to see the children and would talk to them I will miss her stops at my door. each Sunday. She was one classy lady. RIP Karin. You will be missed my friend
    Edna Free

  18. I am so sad to hear of Karin’s death! Karin was a special friend she would stop by my nursery door to see the children and would talk to them I will miss her stops at my door. each Sunday. She was one classy lady. RIP Karin. You will be missed my friend
    Edna Free

  19. When my children were little 15 years ago, we were both regulars at Bally’s Health Club. She was always so happy to be at the health club, so dedicated to exercising, and so nice to me. I occasionally go to LA Fitness in Stone Mountain, and occasionally she was there, well outfitted and looking amazing, with thick hair and in great shape. I am sorry she has passed; it sounds like she was a wonderful lady.

  20. I knew Karen over 40 years, and I’ve never met anyone else like her. Her son, Christian is still one of my closest friends. I never saw her angry maybe if we tracked in mud :). But otherwise, she was one of the warmest mothers in the neighborhood. Her house was always immaculately clean and beautiful w tons of amazing art, gourmet food on the stove, and her classy mid century modern style.. She kept tons of pictures on the wall, as we grew up, When I went off to school, she sent me cookies for no reason, just kindness. When we got older, she helped host engagement parties, Came to all of our weddings. She was excited about all our kids and fell into the roll of a grandmother like it was second nature. The few times I dropped by her house w my twins, she would light up, and treated them like they were her own. And was extremely excited for all our life success. My entire family, parents, wife, kids, will miss her….

  21. We enjoyed getting to know Karin through Christian and Saraliene. She was ever the gracious host to us and our son, Jacob, while he attended Emory. Karin, we will miss you. We hold your family in our prayers.

  22. Our Condolences to the Durrett family.. Although we were only in her company two times; we thought what a warm, lovely and classy lady she was. Bit of humor too. We are very honored to have become the new custodians of her and Don’s beautiful Smoke Rise home. Rest In Peace Karin.

  23. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Karin only a few times and she was a pleasure to talk to. I could tell instantly she was a very loving woman and I was immediately saddened when I heard of her passing. She will be deeply missed and to the family, I extend my deepest condolences and I pray that you find peace in this time, I know she’s with God and remember the good times because that’s what will see you through. We love you💋.

    Love, the McCullough family

  24. I am heartbroken. Karin was a delight — warm, funny, genuinely interested in others. She loved her family so much but always wanted to hear about mine. I’m blessed to have known her.

  25. Leah & Sandy McCulloh
    We are so very sad about your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.

  26. My deepest and Heart felt Condolences to the entire Durrett Family. It was a pleasure getting to know Karin, she was always very Classy, and Sophisticated. I’ll definitely miss her pleasant smile whenever She visit the office. May God give all of you strength at this time of bereavement. My Prayer’s and Hugs to you all.

  27. I first met Karin at Sunday school and then we exercised at the same place. Karin has always been a really kind, loving and lovely person. Classy was the term several have used here and that is so fitting! I am so sorry for your loss! I will miss her so much!- Sissy Giles ( Glenda) & George Giles, Amy and Chip

  28. I had the pleasure of spending a bit of time with Karin at an event with the family and we had such a good time. I have always appreciated her energy, happiness, sassiness, and style. My deepest sympathy to the entire Durrett Family. May she rest in perfect peace.

  29. We’ve only known Don and Karin for the 10 years we’ve lived in The Summit, but we saw them often and always stopped to speak to each other. Karin will surely be missed. Our Condolences to Don, the children, and the grandchildren. RIP Karin.

  30. Karin and I were very old friends. She was my first date: I took her to the Cub Scout picnic at Matheson Hammock in Miami 70(?) years ago.. I am saddened by her death. Condolences to her family.

  31. I so enjoyed my conversations with Karin. She exuded energy, light and a genuine interest in those around her. I know she will be missed by so many. My deepest condolences to the Durrett family and all those close to Karin.

  32. Karin will be gravely missed. She will be remembered as a beautiful Southern lady with grace and kindness. Prayers.and thoughts are with family and dear friends.

  33. Karin and I were friends dating back to when we were both art majors at UGA. Karin was always a lovely and creative lady, I am so saddened by her passing. My deepest condolences to her family and all who were close to Karin.

  34. My boys and I are heartbroken at the loss of Karin. She wasn’t just our neighbor for the past 23 years but was our dear friend. We loved her very much. We can all be comforted knowing she is now in the arms of our Lord. Thoughts and prayers to Don and the entire family.

  35. Jimmy and I are very sorry about Karin. We talked to her sometimes before or after the early service at church. When we joined LA Fitness, Karin was so nice to welcome us. We saw her there often working out on the elliptical, always looking amazing, talking with other members and enjoying herself. We were sad to learn that she had ALS, such a cruel disease. She still came to the fitness center for a little while after her diagnosis, but when she stopped coming, several of the members signed a card to let her know she was greatly missed. She touched many lives and we were blessed to know her.

  36. My sweet Karin,
    She left a beautiful imprint in this world. She met no strangers. I will hold on to the very fond memories we had together when we met up at the gym. She always made me smile with her witty humor and genuineness. May the Durrett family hold on to the strength of the Lord during this time. God bless.

  37. Karin, what a beautiful person who blessed us and will continue to bless us with special memories of her love and joy.
    Will always remember her upgrading our seats at an opera as only Karin could do.

  38. Jackie and I are so sorry to hear of Karin’s passing. What a delightful person she was. We always enjoyed being with Karin and Don at church or in their beautiful home. For years, Karin and I exercised at the same gym. so our paths crossed often. She was such a personable and positive individual. Our prayers are with her wonderful family.

  39. I had the pleasure to meet Karin in the office. She was a very sweet person. My prayers and my deepest condolences to the Durrett family. May God give you all strength during this time.

  40. I had the pleasure to meet Karin in the office and she was a sweet person. My prayers and deepest condolences with the Durrett family. May God give you all strength during this time.

  41. To the Durrett family,
    Bobby and I were so sad to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a lovely, gracious person and as everyone has said, she always had a smile on her face and concern for others. She will be sorely missed.
    Praying for your family in these difficult times.
    Bobby and Jane Buckler

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