Karen Agnes Brooks-Warren
January 26, 1961 – April 10, 2020
Brooks-Warren, Karen A. age 59 of Fairfax Station, VA. On Friday April 10, 2020. Beloved mother of Brent and Billy of Fairfax Station; grandmother of Rylee. Daughter of William A. and the late Monique H. of Springfield, VA. Loving sister of Jackie Smith of North Carolina. Services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to: Humane Society of Fairfax County, INC.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Karen Agnes Brooks-Warren
August 9, 2020
I have so many fond memories of Karen I meet her at a funeral of a mutual friend we started talking & became friends we had so much in common our love for animals I did cat rescue she rescued everything cats dogs horses I’ve known her for over 30 yrs we took a trip to Luray Va to get hay for her horses that was and experience two girls in a truck full of hay coming down 211 in Va hay stacked over the top of the truck the hay started falling in the road we had it tied pretty good we thought lol you could see cars trying to miss the bails that had fallen off we pulled over laughing so hard she was a hairdresser i love to clean so we barter she would cut my hair I would clean her house worked for the both of us I can remember taking the horses to fountainhead state park just to get them in the water I loved every minute of that I knew nothing of horses she put me on Duke who was so gentle I will miss her she never got to see my new house at the beach she always talked about coming for a visit I always talked about coming to see her tomorrow is not promised we both love to seize the moment when things got too hectic at her house she would come over to mine vice versa Until we meet again you’re forever in my heart always on my mind I love you girl😘❤️😢
August 8, 2020
Karen, you are one of the funniest, kind, genuine, and sweetest women that I have ever met. I have enjoyed our debates, conversations about our families, lives, hopes and dreams, politics, faith and so much more. When I last saw you in early February, you made sure that I could get in for a haircut as I was going to my sister’s funeral that week. And then when I spoke with you in late March and April to check in on you, little did I know that we would never speak again. You have definitely left us too soon...there is so much more to talk about. You have raised two wonderful young men, and I know you are proud of them. I hope they know how much you loved them. My prayers of comfort go out to Brent, Billy, Jackie, Mike and your Dad...as well as all of your friends. I miss you. I love you. God loves you. Rest In Peace.
August 7, 2020
Karen was a dear friend and neighbor on Hampton Road in Fairfax Station. I met her when she was only 19 and she did my hair for 40 years. She was so loving and kind to everyone and spoke so dearly of her family and others close to her. Her devotion to her horses, cats, and dogs was such a testament to who she truly was as a caring person. As I drive by her house and see the horses grazing, she is in my thoughts and will be missed by so many.
July 29, 2020
We had alot of good times together. My consultants to the boys and family.
July 12, 2020
Karen, you went to soon, that night your shop was closing we were talking about what's next and when I would see you again. Little did I know after 40 years of haircuts and stories that I would never see you again. Enjoyed hearing about everyone and the stories that I had from FB. Glad that Sandy got his Harley before we lost him, I know that he was jealous of me anytime I would stop by, anyway R.I.P. Karen I'm going to miss you.
June 13, 2020
Gosh I just heard about Karen. We use to work together in Burke. As we know life is short and very precious. I never met the family but my prayers go out to you. Now she is looking after you all now. Blessings to you !!!!
April 22, 2020
Karen iv have known you all my life all 33 years I lived next to you for 26 years of my life. I still in shock about this. U were a second mother to me and I always could count on you if I needed to talk we had the best parts with duke drinking beer from a can. We rode Duke and dexter on trail rides all the time. I grew up with both your boys I remember brent and billy in diapers we had so much fun. You raised two beautiful boys there were things I told u and you always kept it between us. The times we had you cut my hair all my life and I just could go on and on with the memories of you and story's. I know you up there laughing with my brother watching over your family and mine. God truly gained an angle. I love you and will always cherish are crazy fun memoirs..
April 19, 2020
I can't believe that you are gone, I don't want to believe it. The first time I met you I wasn't sure if you would approve of me being with Brent. You accepted me with open arms welcoming me into your tribe. You shared your love for horses with me and we bonded over our mutual love for them. When Brent and I brought Zena home you didn't know until a few days later. You were so mad at us, but you came to love zena and loved your days where she would just snuggle with you. When Harley passed away you were so afraid for me to find out after seeing the bond that the two of us made. We spent hours and hours that night in the barn crying and mourning his loss together. But Harley's death brought us some of our best adventures visiting the different rescues looking for our next soul to rescue. We didn't see what we wanted with them but then came Dahlia, you took one look at her and knew we needed her for Issac. She was so afraid when she first came home. But with all of the patience and love given to her by you she has grown and become the horse she was always meant to be. You taught me so much Karen and I am so great full for the 3 amazing years that I had you for. You did an amazing job raising Brent and Billy. Rest easy and know we all love you and miss you always. <3 I love you,
April 18, 2020
I have known you for 50 years!! I moved into the neighborhood when I was 9 yrs. old. You were one of the first people I met and we hit it off from the start. We had so many great adventures! We loved horses from day one! You had a horse, but I worked at a stables on Bealuh Rd. and we rode together for yrs! We listened to Jackie’s albums over and over again. We had sleepovers and walkie talkies. You always knew the combination to the locked cabinet! We had many first experiences together. Too many to name, but it makes me smile when I think back through the yrs! We went to our senior prom together, drove around in your Carmen Ghia, Mazda RX7, you loved your cars and always wanted to drive! You cut my hair for yrs., came to our party in Mason Neck right after you had Brent, you would visit our house when Brent was a baby. When I had my daughter I came to visit you! We rented rowboats, went to 4H fairs. As we followed along our chosen paths we didn’t see each other for quite awhile. I thought about you often but life sweeps you up and carries you away. Chris Parfitt was nice enough to let me know you were in hospice. I went to visit you and talk to you one last time. May God hold you in his hands. My condolences to your father, Bill, sister Jackie, sons Brent and Billy. Your daughter, sister, and mother was a special person, she loved life! I would describe Karen with this quote by Mae West. “You only live once but if you live it right once is enough!”
Until we meet again my friend. With love,
April 17, 2020
My I still can’t believe your really gone;( It don’t feel real and was just so unexpected and not fair for you to have been taken with soo much left to do!!! I love you too death mom and you no your where the best mom anybody could ever have. I will miss you more than life itself and hope you can R.I.P with MOMO AND DAD AND DUKE and all other friends she lost over the years!! LOVE U MOM🥺
April 17, 2020
My sincere condolences to your family. You were one of a kind and I will miss you. Rest In Peace, Karen.
April 17, 2020
Karen, it is very hard to put into words what a wonderful person you were. You were taken from us way too early and much too suddenly. We have been friends for over 40 years and yet is seems like yesterday that we met. You were smart, talented, and beautiful. I loved hearing about your family and your adventures. You will always be my friend and I will always love you. May we meet again in another place.
April 17, 2020
Bill, Jackie, Brent, Billy, and Mike,
My heart is broken with the loss of Karen. I was her last client before the shop closed for the COVID19, she called the day before to see if I wanted to come in. Bill had called during my appointment and she put me on the phone with him! I can totally relate to Anne's post earlier, but that was just Karen...she did a great job on my hair so we worked with her schedule. Everything with Karen was an adventure. She was always so vibrant and energetic! I've heard so many stories about people she's known over the years, met lots of her other clients, and compared stories since we both have 2 boys. She loved her family, her dog Alaska, the horses, the cats, the local deer and all other wildlife! She had a heart of gold. I'll miss you girl!
April 17, 2020
“Good morning , Beautiful!” “Hey there , beautiful!” .. this is how almost every text started between Karen and I . Karen had such a vibrant young soul I loved being around . Years ago I became very close friends with Karens son Brent , soon enough I was accepted into the Karen tribe . I found myself visiting Brent’s house more and more each day , hanging out with the boys for a few , but always ended with special girl time with Karen . Eventually I was coming by just to hang out with her and the horses ! We always said to eachother “we have similar souls” she liked to say “you’re different, you got an old soul girl”. She truly brightened my days, Karen had a laugh and personality that you cannot forget . She was always going a million miles a minute , always moving around (15 mins behind lol) but at the end of the day she always got the job done whatever it was , and Put 100% effort into it. Little lady , but absolutely fearless .. she was a fierce firecracker with a heart of pure gold . This woman would give the shirt off her back in a heart beat if you needed it . Karen - CAREn , she cared about every single living animal , about all the family and friends around her , she cared about things she didn’t even know about (she cared what you cared about lol!) I have so many beautiful memories with her . Whether it was running some errands , visiting the animal shelter together , working with the horses , or getting my hair done .. we always had fun around eachother . I will truly miss all the long conversations, all the laughs , the Sangrias and all the crazy shenanigans that would go on around us . I will always keep you close in my heart , you will never be forgotten. Sending all my love and prayers for everyone going through this loss , Mike , Brent , Billy and all the family and friends. May god bless our hearts with your memories and spirit,and the ability to love and Care one another just as you always did .
With all my love , Until we reconnect again 💓🙏🏼
April 16, 2020
I am the other Grandmother of Rylee. Karen had just been to Rylee’s Birthday just weeks before. I remember attending church with her several years ago and she wanted to go in the prayer room to pray for our kids. She loved her boys and I know she is still watching over you both.
Brent I know it’s hard. You were so close to your Mom. Hang on to the memories She left for you.
April 16, 2020
Karen Brooks Warren I remember your smile, your bubbly personality. All the fun times that u and Sandy Warren shared with Chris Parfitt and I. All the times u came over 2 Brenda Jones Krear house with Kenny Burns. All the times at ur house with Brenda feeding your horses. You were just a fun loving person. I am going 2 miss u dearly. RIP my friend until we meet again. Sending prayers 2 your boys Brent and Billy and 2 your dad and sister. Also 2 Mike Coleman. Love ya Girl. ❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏
April 16, 2020
There is not enough room to share all the memories we share..Our weekly plan was to go riding on seco and duke.we would ride them through the drive through at Roy Rogers!Seco and duke always got more of our lunch than we did.I had just talked to Karen about getting me out of the house and to come see her new horses.I was so excited for us to go riding I needed her and riding bad.i am fighting my second round of breast cancer and Karen got on me telling me we just need to go riding and be together. Karen was more than my best friend she was my heartGod bless mr Brooks. jacky Brent billy mike and may god help you get through. I love you Karen it’s just way way to soon Bless you all love you Tonya Perkins
April 15, 2020
April 15, 2020
Karen, you were taken from us so suddenly, it’s still difficult to accept.
You were one of the most loving, caring, talented women I know.
Oh, Karen, where has the time gone? 40 years of friendship, working together for more than 20 of those years, we stayed in touch as forever friends do.
You will be missed by so many who had the privilege of knowing your beautiful heart. Rest In Peace my forever friend. Our hearts are broken.
April 15, 2020
I was not ready for this. Karen was a joy to me. I looked forward to the regular hair color appointments to visit my friend, get family updates, discuss the state of the world, and laugh, always much laughter.
I started going to Karen when Brent in elementary school. Recommended by another trusted friend (Mindy) the relationship took some adjustments to develop. She was always late and a 90 minute process could take 4 hours. In those early days it irritated me but she wasn’t going to change so I always brought something to read and rarely made other plans on a Karen day. Karen’s inability to adhere to a strict appointment schedule was compensated for many times over with our relationship building conversations and the uncompromising high standards she applied to my color, cut and blow dry. I think she got it right.
Karen was one of the most loving people on earth. She cared so deeply for every living thing. Her family, her horses, her friends, dogs, cats,… all. Her actions time and again bore that out. For example, in the last few years, Karen had noticed a feral cat living in the wooded area behind Family Hair Care, probably rooting around for food. It became her mission to make sure the cat was safe, fed and loved. She and a boy, a kindred spirit, who lived in the apartments on the other side of the wooded area, found its den and took turns making sure there was food and shelter. They worked on home improvements. Mike was even enlisted to construct a safer, warmer shelter. (I think it even had a porch). She tried to find it a home. This is just one typical example of how much she cared.
Karen lived a wonderful, meaningful life. I am sure she is headed to heaven with her mother. But I miss her.
April 14, 2020
Dear Bill, Jackie and family,
My heart is broken. The loss of my buddy cuts so deep it’s hard to convey all the sentiments. So I thought I would share some of our crazy and wonderful memories.
Karen loved to ice skate. I couldn’t seem to master it so Karen insisted I put on Jackie’s skates and she would push me to the middle of the pond, skate around for a while then push me back.....more than once
She hid me in her closet when I ran away from home overnight (sorry Bill). Her cat was in there and it did a burn out on my eyelid. I still giggle at the scar.
When my mom moved out of town with one year left of high school, Karen came and “rescued” me in her blue Karmann Gia She was determined to squeeze all of my stuff in it.
All of our last minute beach trips. We loved our time in the sun and ocean.
Many trips to the little pig farm in Manassas to go horseback riding
Some great memories taking my catamaran our on the Potomac River and sail all day around Haines Point, the Navy Yard and the airport.
How we secured our beverage of the day in a burlap bag and secure it to the mainsail after one had gone overboard.
The time there was no wind all day and decided to call it quits just to have a huge gust of wind turn the boat over right before the loading dock in shallow water.
The mast got stuck in the muddy bottom. We laughed so hard trying to get it unstuck and upright. We finally accepted help. We were always determined to have our adventures and they were always amazing.
These, and many more, precious memories will always be kept deep in my heart my lil gilly. I’ll see you again one day and enjoy many more wonderful adventures 💕
April 13, 2020
Oh my gosh there were so many memories. My favorite was when we're rode both horses Harley and Duke to the Tangles hair salon i usually took 1 shot of tequila so my back would not stiffen but that day we drank Jack Daniel's and then called Trish Lobi to bring more for when we got there. It was great! Every one loved seeing the horses because you just don't see them at a shopping mall! LOL
I can't believe your gone. You left us way too soon. I am so happy you were my friend and so sad your not here with us anymore.
I Love you, Angie
April 13, 2020
It's still hard to be believe you are not here my dear friend. Thanks for the beautiful memories , funny stores and laughter over 30 years. Sending my love to your family.
Terri Collier Devine
April 13, 2020
I have so many great memories that you left me Karen. We sure had fun. The funniest are the times you would cut my hair at your house and would always tell me to wash my hair at home because you had problems with your well. But you always had to do it at your house anyway and would just about drown me and we would laugh so hard and you would say you were sure the well was dry after that. God bless you Karen and May you Rest In Peace
April 12, 2020
very saddened to hear the passing of Karen. So many great memories. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family.
The Smith Family