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Karen Allyne Scruggs Hall

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Karen Allyne Scruggs Hall Obituary
Karen Allyne Scruggs Hall Karen Allyne Scruggs Hall, age 65, passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2012 after a valiant two and a half year battle with cancer. Born in Houston to Edwin Theodore and Elaine Allen Scruggs, her childhood was spent living along the banks of Sims Bayou in the Garden Villas neighborhood. Karen had the innate ability to make and keep an extremely close circle of friends who remained in her life since her childhood-from the neighborhood, Garden Villas Methodist Church, and the schools she attended, including Jesse H. Jones High School. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a member of Orange Jackets. She also kept close friends from her 10 years in Midland, and her final 32 years in Austin. Karen possessed a wonderful talent for creating beautiful, colorful environments, be it a house interior, a garden, or her own wardrobe. She was the owner of Karen Hall Interior Design, where she was able to use her gift to bring bright colors into the lives of many people. She was especially proud of her design contributions to Tarrytown United Methodist Church. She had a passion for sewing, knitting, and quilting. Many of her friends and relatives benefitted from her beautiful handmade creations. Central to Karen's life was her immediate family. Karen and her husband Walter recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary. Their son Ben and his wife Sallie Knox blessed Karen with the lights of her life: her grandchildren Weatherly and Bowman. Karen was so proud of her daughter Heather, who, with her husband Chris, created the idea for the online children's boutique, Lemonade Couture, owned by Heather and Karen. Karen bestowed honorary membership into her immediate family upon Betsy Woodruff Randall. Betsy, a neighbor in Midland, was four years old when Ben was born, so she served as big sister to Ben and Heather growing up. Karen asked Betsy, now an Episcopal priest, to participate in her memorial service. Karen was the role model for her younger siblings Ted, Jimmy and Elaine. She was the glue that held the family together. Karen was predeceased by parents Edwin Theodore and Elaine Allen Scruggs. She is survived by husband Walter Hall of Austin; son Ben Hall and wife Sallie Knox, and grandchildren Weatherly and Bowman of Covington, Louisiana; daughter Heather Spears and husband Chris of Austin; brother Ted Scruggs and wife Suzan of Houston; brother Jimmy Scruggs and wife Marge of Houston; sister Elaine Watson and husband David of Montpelier, Vermont; brother-in-law Ralph Hall and wife Pat of Longview; and mother-in-law Clo Hall of Longview. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who adored her. Special thanks to Hospice Austin, which allowed Karen to go in peace at home surrounded by loving family and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78759; Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition, Austin, Texas 78703; or . Visitation will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar on Monday, November 12, from 5 to 7pm. A celebration of Karen's life will be held at Tarrytown Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition, on Tuesday, November 13, at 11am. Everyone is encouraged to wear bright colors to honor Karen. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, 2012
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