Hermitage resident Courtney Dawn Queen, 16, died Feb. 28 with her family by her side.
She was born May 11, 1997, the daughter of Jennifer and Randy Queen. She is also survived by a sister, Kelsey Queen.
Courtney was born with a congenital heart defect and later was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder known as DiGeorge Syndrome. Although she had an extensive medical history and spent a collective year at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, she loved and lived life to the fullest.
She attended McGavock High School where she was a sophomore and a member of the school’s bowling team. She was a member of the Hermitage United Methodist Church youth group. She had a passion for singing and dancing, evident in her performances as a member of the Music City Miracle Choir and countless performances in which she introduced and filmed herself. She desired peace among everyone as she was always smiling and was everyone’s No. 1 fan.
Along with her parents and sister, she is survived by grandparents, Peggy and Glen Moore of McMinnville, J.R. and Tena Queen of Sweetwater; and great-grandmother, Edna Jacobs of Winchester; several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bascom Methodist Church Cemetery on Vervilla Road. Funeral services were held Tuesday evening at Hermitage United Methodist Church. Flowers are welcome but donations may be made in her honor to the American Heart Association or to the Monroe Carel Jr. Children’s Hospital.
Hermitage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) March 5, 2014