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Celebration of Life

First Presbyterian Church
Saturday October 1st, 2022

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First Presbyterian Church
Saturday October 1st, 2022

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Lucy Baumann Zemp

Lucy Baumann Zemp - age 90 of Kingsport, TN passed away at home from complications due to COVID-19 on Friday, September 24, 2021 surrounded by her daughters. She was the daughter of the late Lucy Woodruff and A.B. Baumann Jr.; the granddaughter of the late Janie Swift and A.B. Baumann Sr. and Ethel Hughes and William Wallace Woodruff.

Lucy was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, attended Salem Academy in Winston Salem, NC and the University of Tennessee where she was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. Following her marriage to her husband, Russ, they moved around the country with his service in the Air Force before settling in Kingsport, TN to raise their three daughters.

Lucy was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Junior League of Kingsport, Kingsport Book Club, The Little House and Garden Club and the Women’s Symphony Committee. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, wife and friend. Her lifelong friendships and connections in the community were important to her. Lucy never forgot a birthday or anniversary and spent countless hours keeping up with friends on the phone, even when confined to her home. Lucy also loved her family pets, any animal lucky enough to become a part of Lucy’s world led a wonderful life. Before losing her vision, she enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Lucy’s caregivers who made it possible for her to remain at home, which was very important to her. We would also like to thank the close friends who supported the family during Lucy’s recent illness.

Lucy was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Charles Russell Zemp, granddaughter, Elizabeth Osborn Cheek; brother, Wallace Woodruff Baumann; sister, Ethel Baumann Skaggs; brothers-in law John Osborn Wood Jr. and William C. Skaggs Jr., and nephew, Wallace Woodruff Skaggs.

Lucy is survived by daughters Lucy Woodruff Zemp Garrabrants (Andrew) of Nashville, Elizabeth "Libby" Osborn Zemp Cheek (Ross) of Nashville, Katherine Russell Zemp of Jackson Hole and Knoxville; grandchildren, William Ross Cheek and Laura Hughes Cheek; sister-in-law Sandra Wood McCullough; three nephews, one niece, and their families.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church, with Dr. William M. Shelton officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.


 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Church Circle Kingsport, TN 37660 or Camp Merrie-Woode Camper Scholarship Fund, 100 Merrie-Woode Rd.,Sapphire, NC. 28774.

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Andrea and Pete, I am so shocked to learn of your Mothers passing away. I know how you feel. Please know Andrea that you and your family are in my prayers.

Deb Elsea Terry Sep 30 2022 12:48 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lucy Zemp

Johnnie Mae Swagerty Sep 25 2022 7:57 PM

I had known Lucy my entire life. We had so much fun together and shared many laughs. I think of her often and miss her so much…I’m certain her three daughters are aware of what a remarkable woman she was…My prayers and love to each of them.

Natalie Haslam Sep 25 2022 5:02 PM

I always felt honored when Lucy called FPC while I was the receptionist/membership secretary and said "Oh I am so glad you answered the phone." She was a very special lady and is sorely missed.

Pat Brose, former Church Receptionist/Membership Secretary
First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN

Patricia Brose Sep 24 2022 5:26 PM

I met Lucy when she came to get her hair done at Lloyd's on Shelby. Everyone loved her and I always asked her about Charlie, as we had a love of dogs in common. What a sweet and generous lady! She always sent us several kinds of sweet breads at Christmas.
She will be remembered fondly
Lois Felix

Lois Felix Sep 24 2022 1:25 PM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Judy Kresge. Group of 10 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Lucy Baumann Zemp.

Judy Kresge Oct 29 2021 9:28 PM

I knew Lucy through her brother Wallace during my service as the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian, Knoxville....and she "adopted" me as one of her friends. We would periodically chat on the phone, even after Wallace's death. Her care and interest were infectious! As she has now joined the Church Triumphant, I give thanks for her life...and for her reunions with her beloved. In the words of Matthew 25:23: "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

William Pender Oct 8 2021 11:36 AM

Lucy Zemp was a special lady and a dear friend! Lucy always made you feel better about your day, she was always much more interested in others than herself. I enjoyed every time I spent time with Lucy whether in person or on the phone catching up. Prayers of love and peace to all her girls who had the greatest of mothers out there. I will MISS Lucy so much!!!!!!!!

Alice Page Sep 30 2021 7:37 PM

What an incredible woman! I am so sorry for your loss and know that this has been a challenging time for you all. I send big hugs to all the Zemp family and many prayers!

Tammy Margolies Sep 29 2021 9:29 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lucy Zemp

Paul Blanchard Sep 28 2021 10:46 AM

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