She was born in Tazewell County, in Boissevain, on April 8, 1936. Her family moved to a farm in Craig County after her high school graduation. Katie started her 24 years of employment with Virginia Tech in the Poultry Science Department working with Dr. Paul Siegal.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Lawrence Douglas (Doug) Criner; her parents, Matthew Price and Ruby Dale Holston Shupe; and a brother Sammy P Shupe.
She is survived by her daughter, Diane Matusevich (Eric); grandchildren Tracy Shelton (Andy Walker) and Dewayne Shelton (Brittany); brother and sisters, Coy Shupe (Terry), Fern Echols, Brenda Allen (Sayford), and Lorene Fisher; special nephews Timmy Shupe and Lloyd Echols, who always called her Katherine; special niece, Robin (Rob) and Cathy Martin; as well as a host of sweet nephews and nieces.
The family would like to extend a big thank-you to the Medi Hospice staff: Daniel, Kandis, Madison and Cassandra and caregivers Juanita, Carolyn, Jane, Kim, and Tanisha.
A graveside service will be held today, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg, with the Rev. Randy Jarrells officiating.
Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.