Karen Marie Crabtree Sheets (Rumage), 69, loving wife and beloved mother, passed peacefully in Community Hospice at Baptist Hospital Downtown Jacksonville early morning on June 18, 2022 of complications related to Glioblastoma Brain Tumor.
A longtime resident of Jacksonville, FL., Karen was born October 6, 1952 in Somerset, KY., to Clyde and Mable (Brown) Crabtree who predeceased her.
She was a proud graduate of Andrew Jackson High School Class of 1970 and obtain her AA degree from Florida State Community College of Jacksonville.
Active in Historical Reenacting, once a certified Cannoneer and Safety Officer for cannon firings at the Castillo De San Marcos in St. Augustine, FL. She also loved doing living history programs at Fort Caroline in Jacksonville as well as the annual Olustee battle reenactment along with many others over the years.
She was very talented in all aspects of life and worked for many years in Bookkeeping/Accounting. Karen also spent countless hours volunteering at many National and State Parks and served as a PAL Cheerleading Coach for the North Shore Chargers in the late 70’s to early 80’s.
Karen loved literature and poetry (was lovingly called the “Grammar Police” by her daughter and grandsons) she enjoyed traveling, camping, family picnics, the beaches of Florida and “playing” in the woods of the Daniel Boone National Forrest in her hometown of McCreary County Kentucky. Along with spending many hours supporting whatever school function, little league baseball games, pop warner football games, she could even be found working concessions for Oceanway Sports Association over the years as she supported Zach, Connor and all that she encountered in the process. She also wanted to be there for her other grandchildren however, Canada was a bit far for supporting weekend athletics and educational accomplishments. Spending several years as a coaches wife she felt strongly about supporting young athletes and being there for them.
After retiring she had time to invest in her passion of her family and researching her family lineage and connecting with those family members that she found through the process. She also found a part time job that she absolutely loved at No More Homeless Pets, a non profit Veterinarian clinic in the Accounting Department.
She believed her greatest achievement in life was her daughter, Celeste Stevens (I didn’t want to include this but she made me promise that I would)
Karen was married 3 times; marrying Roy D. Ogle in 1971 and divorcing in 1973, finding her high school best friend Jim Sheets again in 1978 they married in 1980 and she was widowed by his passing in 1993, in 1994 she found her current husband Marlin Craig Rumage. Karen and Craig were together almost 30 years. He loved her immensely and has been completely devastated by her passing.
Karen is proceeded in death by her parents; Clyde & Mable Crabtree, her older and wiser (her words) brother; David Michael Crabtree, brother in law; Wardey Prince along with numerous Aunts, Uncles and cousins. She is survived by her loving husband; Marlin “Craig” Rumage, daughter; Celeste Ogle Stevens (Scott) bonus son; Dustin Rumage (Tana), brother; Jerry Alan Crabtree (Pamela), sister in laws; Ann Marie Byrd Crabtree, Enola Gay Warrington (Wayne), Brother in law; Calvin Rumage, grandchildren, Zachary & Connor Stevens, Domanic, Ivy, & Lea Rumage, Trayton, & Toby Mathieson, and Myah McMahan. Nephews; Alex, Michael, & Stephan Crabtree, Michael Cross (Roselle), and niece; Liana Warrington as well as numerous great nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also a second mom to Christina Ogle Mangione (Nick) and Timothy Ogle (Athena) with “extra grandma” privileges to Lucas and Levi Mangione. Last but certainly not least her fur baby Bruiser who laid at her side as she took her last breath.
Although she spent the majority of her years living in Jacksonville, FL. her heart was always in Kentucky.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 11th at 2:00pm. The family will receive friends from 1:15 to 2:00 with the service following at Dinsmore Baptist Church, 10500 Old Kings Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32219.
Everyone is welcome to join the family at the conclusion of the service for fellowship.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Community Hospice or No More Homeless Pets in Karen’s name.
Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.