OBITUARY

Karen Eileen Fanning

November 10, 1964July 30, 2018
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It is with great sadness that the family of Karen Eileen Fanning announces her passing after losing her battle with depression, on Monday, July 30, 2018, at the age of 53. Karen was born in Binghamton, NY and died in Nolanville, TX. Karen will be lovingly remembered by her wife, Kim, her father, Joseph and his wife Pat, her brothers and sisters Joe (Claudia), Paul (Jeanne), Mary, Michelle (Darrin), Carolyn (Jerry), Suzanne (Bobby) and Jennifer (Fred). Karen will also be fondly remembered by her 14 nephews and nieces, Danny (Sarah), Brandon (Angele’), Jason, Katie (Wesley), Matthew, Brennan, Ryan, Kelsey, Payton, Thomas, Lauren, Grace, Claire and Ashlynn, and two great nephews, Phillip and Matthew. Karen will also be forever remembered by friends from all over the country, whom she loved dearly. Karen was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Eileen “Claire” Fanning.

Karen graduated from Killeen High School in 1983 where she was a drummer for the KHS Marching Band. She received her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Texas College. Karen served as a police officer, EMT and fire fighter for the City of Nolanville. For the last 25 years, she has been a truck driver for Schneider National, where she was inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame and recognized for over Two Million Miles of safe driving.

Karen’s love for her cats was well known by all. They brought great joy to her life. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Harker Heights Animal Shelter, any no-kill animal shelter or www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 4:00-8:00pm. Rosary will be said at 7:00pm. Funeral will be on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 11:00am. Both services will be held at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church, located at 1000 Farm to Market 2410 in Harker Heights.

  • FAMILY

  • Kim Askey, Wife
  • Joseph & Pat Fanning, Father
  • Jo & Claudia Fanning, Brother
  • Paul & Jeanne Fanning, Brother
  • Mary Oszust, Sister
  • Michelle & Darrin Fry, Sister
  • Carolyn & Jerry Hernandez, Sister
  • Suzanne & Bobby Forringer, Sister
  • Jennifer & Fred Koket, Sister
  • Eileen Claire Brown Fanning, Mother
  • Karen will also be fondly remembered by her 14 nephews and nieces, Danny (Sarah), Brandon (Angele’), Jason, Katie (Wesley), Matthew, Brennan, Ryan, Kelsey, Payton, Thomas, Lauren, Grace, Claire and Ashlynn, and two great nephews, Phillip and Matthew. Karen will also be forever remembered by friends from all over the country, whom she loved dearly.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Rosary Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, August 6, 2018
REMEMBERING

Karen Eileen Fanning

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Terri Crawford

August 6, 2018

I'm sorry I could not be there in person to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I had not seen her in many years but I vividly remember her laugh in the hallways at school and how much she enjoyed being a drummer. She had the same bright smile in her posts as she did in high school
May she continue to watch over you.

Denise Crowell

August 5, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with her family. So sorry that we online did not see the signs she was subtly sending.
I will hugely miss Karen’s humor, caring and love of cats. I celebrated with her all her wonderful feline babies. Such a huge, loving heart, but she didn’t feel she was loved enough to stay, I guess.

I will miss you, Karen.

Debbie Weldon

August 5, 2018

I’m so sorry for your loss. Karen was a great person. 💜

Michele DAnjolell

August 4, 2018

I hope you found your happy place, my friend. You will be missed by many who loved you. I miss laughing with you. Goodbye for now but not forever, I will see you again in happier times for us both.

Kathy Hollifield

August 4, 2018

I will forever be thankful for the blessings you brought into my life
You was such a faithful and wonderful friend to me and I'll meet up with again soon.
May God wrap his arms around you and keep you safe... I love you so very much.... ❤️ Rest now in peace my friend.... ❤️

wesley williams

August 4, 2018

I wish you peace dear friend. We only interacted through our jobs but you always left me in a better mood. I thank you for that. RIP.

Barbara Sue Worley

August 4, 2018

Rest in the loving arms of Jesus, Karen. We'll take over from here.
"Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you REST". ~JESUS

REST EASY, KAREN. WE LOVE YOU. ❤❤❤❤
(Barbara Sue Worley)

Margie Kellogg

August 3, 2018

May Karen rest in peace. Also may her immediate family and friends find much solace in her life and love for you.
I didn't know her, only her sister, Michelle, but as I read about her, I'm sure she will be missed dearly. She sounded like a wonderful woman.
God bless!

Katie Naser

August 3, 2018

I'm going to miss our late night chats when we both couldnt sleep. I was blessed to have met Karen in 5th grade. I love her dearly and she will be so missed by so many. Peace, light and love my friend.

Marguerite Fanning Ringwood

August 3, 2018

Joe, Pat, Joe Jr., Paul, Mary Ellen, Michelle, Carolyn, Suzanne and Jennifer,
I am so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. It makes me even more grateful that I was able to see so many of you last summer at Walt's services.

I can't even imagine how difficult this must be. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I'm sure Karen is reunited with her mom and at peace.

Biography

      Karen Eileen Fanning was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Karen will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       She was the daughter of Joe and Claire Fanning. Karen grew up as an Army brat in Virginia, Kansas, Germany, Pennsylvania and Texas.

      Karen was raised with 2 brothers and 5 sisters. She had older brother Joe, younger brother and sisters; Paul, Mary, Michelle, Carolyn, Suzanne and Jennifer. Karen was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Karen had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Karen was an active child who took part in Softball and Discuss (track & field). In her spare time she liked making homemade candles and stamp collecting. However, to Karen, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

      A typical teenager, Karen had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Killeen High School in 1983. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Band. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Culp. She was member of the Drum line in High School Marching Band.

      Karen enjoyed her college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Karen was able to manage the balancing act. She earned her Assiciates Degree from CTC in Criminal Justice.

      On June 7, 2016 Karen exchanged wedding vows with Kim Askey at Tarrant County Court House of Texas. Empathic and loyal, Karen was committed to making her new family happy.

      Fortunately, Karen enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Karen worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was truck driver. She was employed for 20 plus years by Schneider National. Karen always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Karen enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were dirt bikes, charity motorcycle toy runs. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Karen found pleasure in sports. Karen was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she had the chance to do so. Tops on her list were New York Yankees in Baseball and Philadelphia Eagles in Football.

      Throughout her life, Karen was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In high school, Karen was a member of the Kiwanis Club.

      Karen was a woman who took pride in upholding her beliefs. Politically, Karen was a strong supporter of President Donald Trump.

      Karen’s faith was important to her. She was a member of the Catholic church.

      Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Karen was given accolades for her many and varied accomplishments throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included Schneider 200 Million Club and Hall of Fame.

      Karen enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included cruise in Mexico.

      Karen was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Rocky her cat, she had 10. They were best friends for she owned cats all her life.

      Karen passed away on July 30, 2018 at Nolanville, Texas. She battled depression. She is survived by spouse Kim, siblings; Joe (Claudia), Paul (Jeanne), Mary Michelle (Darrin), Carolyn (Jerry), Suzanne (Bobby), Jennifer (Fred), Nieces and nephews; Danny (Sarah), Brandon (Angele'), Jason, Katie (Wesley), Kelsey, Grace, Matthew, Thomas, Ryan, Brennan, Payton, Lauren, Claire, Ashlynn, Rachel and David. Services were held at St Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights, Texas. Karen was laid to rest in Killeen City Cemetery.

      Simply stated, Karen was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Karen leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Karen Eileen Fanning.