May 25, 1946 – August 6, 2018
Karen Flemming Warren, age 72, of Murfreesboro, passed away surrounded by her loving family and friends on Monday, August 6, 2018 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Mrs. Warren was the daughter of the late Edward and Mildred Bannerman Flemming. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Mike Warren, Sr.; daughter, Gwendolyn (Greg) Lawson of Chattanooga; son, Michael (Jenny) Warren, Jr. of Gaffney, SC; sisters, Heidi Cuiccio of Murfreesboro and Karla (Kerry) Barksdale of Tuscaloosa, AL; brother, Ed (Anna) Flemming of Birmingham; and grandsons, Hunter and Grant Warren. Karen was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, but spent most of her early years in Birmingham, AL. She was a proud graduate of Auburn University and earned a Master’s Degree at Middle Tennessee State University. She served her country as an Army Wife enduring Mike’s year-long deployment in Vietnam and eleven moves in nine years. In 1976, she and Mike moved to Murfreesboro, where they became faithful members of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. She was active in many ministries at St. Mark’s, but was especially devoted to the youth and leaders of Boy Scout Troop 398 where “Mrs. Scoutmaster” served 19 years as a Merit Badge Counselor and Committee Member. For 25 years, Mrs. Warren taught English at Smyrna High School. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 12, 2018 from One O’clock till Three O’clock at St. Marks United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro. Services to celebrate her life will follow at Three O’clock the afternoon of Sunday, August 12, 2018 at St. Mark’s Methodist with Rev. Jim Clardy and Rev. Tommy Ward officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the “Best Ever” Elite Bridge Club. Memorials may be made to Building Fund at St. Mark’s Methodist Church or to Boy Scout Troop 398, care of St. Mark’s.
- Gathering of Family and Friends Sunday, August 12, 2018
- Service to Celebrate Sunday, August 12, 2018
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August 13, 2018
Karen was a great asset to Boy Scout Troop 398. She was a merit badge counselor and committee member. She handled the Communications merit badge (required for Eagle) for many years. She coaxed and many times had to prod many future Eagle scouts to get this merit badge completed. As a committee member, she sat on many Board of Reviews. She was always eager to ask the scout what "Conservation Minded" meant that was in the Outdoor Code that the scout had to repeat. She helped work on many Eagle project and went on many hikes with the scouts. During these hike and Eagle projects, you could always count on her having a bag, bucket or pockets filled with bottles and paper that she picked up. She was always looking at ways to recycle. She coaxed and mentally touched hundreds of boys as they made their way through the scouting program. She will be truly missed as will the song "My Girl" between 9 and 10 pm during our campouts. Thank you Mike for sharing her with us.
August 10, 2018
Karen, husband Mike, & daughter Wendy traveled to Great Britain & Europe with me in 2005. She was such a thoughtful person and a pleasure to be around. We have no idea how many lives she has influenced for the better due to her service with the Scouts & teaching. Her Heavenly Crown will be quite full.
August 10, 2018
Karen and I were roomies at an English conference many years ago in Gatlinburg. We had such fun! She was a fabulous teacher and a Godly woman. She will be missed by so many.
August 8, 2018
Karen was a wonderful neighbor. She welcomed me to the neighborhood and St Marks. I enjoyed chatting with her when we met on our walks around the neighborhood. She was always cheerful and willing to pick up the occasional piece of plastic for recycling. I will miss her tremendously. She always had a kind word and ready smile.
Brett, Kelly & Benjamin Barrett
August 7, 2018
May God give Mike and family comfort and strength during this difficult time. Karen will be missed by us and all of her scout family. She was such a blessing and mentor to all who knew her. We will be forever grateful for having her in our lives.
August 7, 2018
Karen was the kindest person and a great teacher. She really believed in doing her best every day in the classroom and was such a great model for others. I will miss her.