• Tarrytown United Methodist Church
    2601 Exposition Blvd.
    Austin, TX 78703

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“Dear Walter and Family, I only just learned of my friends passing. I just read what everyone else has written and find myself deeply saddened. I...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Trey Massengale - Austin, TX

“Interning for Karen was my first real job. As a nervous 17 year old entering the workforce for the first time in my life, Karen was the most...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Meghan Medford - Houston, TX

“I knew Karen since 1989, when she helped me decorate the living room of my first home. I still have many of the pieces that she helped me buy. Most...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Lynne Rupp - Austin, TX

“To all of Karen's family, I want to say how sad it was to here of Karen's death. Like so many, she held a special place in my heart. It is hard to...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Tommy Maxwell - Childhood friend

“Walter: I'm so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. You and your family are in our prayers. Wes and Gail ”
5 of 26 | Posted by: Wes Strain - Midland, TX - friend

“Walter, Karen and i were in the Garden Villas group of kids. We swam together and our families were close. I only recently reconnected with her...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Joyce Johnson Burr - Houston, TX

“Walter, do you remember introducing me to Willie Nelson's music. We were having a party & you played a Willie Nelson song, or we heard one & I...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Sherli and Bob Cochrane - TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with your familiy. Bruce ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Bruce Scholtz - austin , TX

“Karen, you are such a dear, and a wonderful person with a warm heart and love for all those around you. We know you are in a better place and in God...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: maggie and Peyton Sweeney - TX

“Walter: I am so sorry about Karen's passing, and that I didn't have the pleasure of knowing her. I read the email from Tom Shelton and found out...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Armin Cantini - Galveston, TX

“Walter, Diana and I were saddened to hear about Karen and her struggle with cancer. We have many fond memories of all of us together at Acacia...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Rick and Diana Gump - Dallas, TX

“What a beautiful life Karen lived! What beautifiul memories she leaves behind! What a beautiful soul she shared with us. She cared! "What is...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Mike and Carol Lakey - Arlington, TX

“Karen a creative designer knew how to please her clients with beautiful interiors. As a designer I knew the quality of Karen when I have...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Harriet Saikin - Austin, TX

“My condolences to Karen's family. What a sweet, wonderful and talented lady. Karen always had so many good ideas, pleasant thoughts and actions...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Barbara Moulton - Austin, TX

“My sweet Karen, we will miss you. I will always remember her generous, kind spirit whether she was helping me decorate my first home, attending our...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Lawryl Jarrett - Dripping Springs, TX

“Walter and family, It saddens my heart to hear of Karen's passing. I know that my Grandmother and her siblings have open arms and are having that...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Donna Carlton Maurer - Harper, TX

“KAREN HALL~ at the mention of her name I smile. I smile as memories of a GREAT FRIEND engulf me: play-dates with our children in Midland; co...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Janet Russell - The Woodlands, TX

“I am so sad to hear of Karen's passing. She was an amazing volunteer who shared her commanding organization skills. Karen also exuded creativity and...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Ruthie Oliver - Austin, TX

“Karen was and will always be my ideal for family love and graciousness. From as early as I can remember, my Mother told me to note that Karen was not...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Kathy Allen-Weber - Austin, TX

“Karen left a legacy of beauty, honesty, faith and compassion. She taught me so much in both design and how to live life. I will miss her dearly but...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Stephanie Villavicencio - Austin, TX

“My dear sweet friend, I will love you always. Doug ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: Doug Laws - The Woodlands, TX

“Walter I was sorry to hear about Karen. U You and your family are. In my thought and prayers. ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Lee Foster - Sterling City, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Karen always had a ready smile that could lift you up. May the warmth of her love comfort you. ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Betty & Mike Walton - Austin, TX

“Karen lived her faith and exuded the love of Christ to all she met. She was a beautiful beam of light, emitting warmth, energy and light wherever she...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Debby Hagar - Knoxville, TN

“I'm so honored and blessed to have known Karen these past few years. Her energy, love and creative heart was contagious. I will miss her dearly but...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Christa Peyton - Austin, TX

“Your family are in thoughts and prayers for your loss. It was always a wonderful blessing to watch the love that was shared between the friends of...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Deborah Laws Kolber - Katy, TX


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 your favorite charity.

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.