Carrying On For Karen
KAREN LEIGH GLASS
“THE MAGNOLIA CHARM”
Karen Leigh Glass was born on October 25, 1960 at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital in Kannapolis, North Carolina, the second of four daughters, to Richard Bennett Watkins and Mary Elizabeth Thomerson. Karen and her sister Lynne, twin sister Sharon and sister Lisa lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi during her childhood years. The sisters and their mom were collectively known as “The Girls”. Their dad never stood a chance as he was slightly outnumbered! Family vacations to Myrtle Beach, SC will always be fondly remembered. In a family of four sisters, camping in a tent, pop-up camper and Winnebago provided much laughter when retelling stories of trips to the beach. Favorites include trips to the bathhouse with Mom and buying Krispy Kreme doughnuts out of the back of the campground station wagon! After moving to Big Stone Gap, Virginia, Karen graduated from Powell Valley High School in 1978 and Mountain Empire Community College 1980. She began her work career at Penn Virginia Corporation before settling in Knoxville, TN in 1990.
Karen met and fell-in-love with Dennis Ray Glass from Knoxville, TN. They were married on the front porch of their home on June 12, 1993. The early years of their marriage was filled with doing things that they both enjoyed. They both loved to play racquetball, go antiquing and spend time decorating their home and beautifying their yard. Karen and Dennis wanted to start a family and after nine years of marriage, they welcomed their beloved son, Seth in 2002. Karen was now a mother, a role she was made for. They were overjoyed to become parents and excited to begin to have adventures together as a family. Many hours were spent cheering for Seth at his numerous sporting events. Family vacation trips to Myrtle Beach, SC and Destin, FL were enjoyed as well as summer vacations in Kingsport, TN with extended family. Karen and her sisters would gather their families together and everyone would share in weeks of fun doing various activities such as camping, going to their dad’s farm, spending time at the beach, and enjoying holidays together. Seth was Karen’s pride and joy and she raised an incredible young man. Seth was also extremely proud of his mom and when asked what word would describe his mom best, he replied “stunning”. This was a perfect way to describe Karen. From her incredible style including her clothes, hair, make-up and jewelry, she was always up to date on current fashion trends.
Karen began her work career in Knoxville at Waste Connections during the summer of 1990. Karen did the work of many people, thriving under the stress and never learning to say “no” to anyone. When the phone rang, she answered, including weekends and even on vacation. Karen worked in many capacities for Waste Connections over a 26-year span but was best known for being an outstanding Sales Administrator. She was always a planner and an organizer, not only in the office but also for such events as their annual golf tournament, their University of Tennessee tailgating truck parties and team-building activities. Karen was considered an invaluable and irreplaceable employee by her supervisors and co-workers. Her work family became her second family and she enjoyed spending time with them both in and out of the office.
Karen was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She cherished spending time with her family and close friends. Karen and her best friend, Cami, enjoyed countless hours of fun and laughter. Karen also loved the pets in her family. Two of her favorites were Roxie, a Rottweiler she had for nine years and her cat, Lilly.
Karen was kind, tender hearted, forgiving and brought joy to all of those around her. She enjoyed a good laugh and would get tickled over just about anything. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. Karen made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.
Karen passed away peacefully on January 30, 2018 at her home with her husband, Dennis, at her side. She fought a courageous battle with glioblastoma for 26 months. Her strength as she fought this cancer was beyond words. Karen was a Christian and of the Baptist faith. Karen was preceded in death by her grandparents, Homer and Wilmouth Thomerson and Charles and Thelma Watkins. Survivors include her loving husband of 24 years, Dennis; her beloved son, Seth; father, Richard Watkins (Cindy) of Big Stone Gap, VA; mother, Elizabeth Beverly (Creed) of Knoxville, TN; sister Lynne Peaks (Tony) of Bowling Green, KY; twin sister, Sharon Browder (Henry) of Kingsport, TN; sister, Lisa Daves (Bill) of Dallas, TX and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Services were held at Berry Funeral Home and she was laid to rest in Berry Highland South Cemetery.
By Richard Phipps
Her yard was her masterpiece, a manicured wonder!
Graced with beds of flowers placed strategically asunder!
Fixer upper challenges, even tough ones didn’t matter!
Even if she had to brave using a twenty-foot ladder!
Her home’s curb appeal was perfect, a rival to Magnolia Farm!
A picture of loving excellence from this stunning Magnolia Charm.
But inside is where her decorative skills did bloom.
Gracing it with blues, pinks, and antiques for every room!
Everything had to be in place, ne’re a picture not straight!
Always clean and tidy, for the comfort of her child and mate.
A home designed for soothing peace, and never unjust alarm.
A sanctuary of love provided by this stunning Magnolia Charm.
A wife like no other, full of inner brightness and style.
A mother flowing with nurture for her precious only child.
A peacemaker at heart, yet a defender of family The Girls would say.
Treat them wrong or unfairly, and face her own fixer upper demo day!
Surely this woman of grace is now busy in Glory where there is no harm.
The Lord may be using the designing help from His stunning Magnolia Charm!