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Anne Karren

Anne Louise Karren

Wednesday, December 12th, 1934 - Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
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Anne Louise was born December 12, 1934, in Twin Falls, Idaho. Eral and Ruby Henderson were living in Twin Falls. They had one daughter, Beth, age 11, but had been unable to have other children. Beth heard that a baby was available at the County Hospital. She went right home to tell her parents. After about four days the Henderson’s were happily able to take this little girl home with them. They had her sealed to them in the Logan Temple. Both parents were working and Beth was in school. So, Anne Louise spent about half of the time with grandparents, George and Martha England, in Arimo. Grandparents Benjamin and Dicy Henderson lived on their ranch in Arimo. Anne attended grade school in Twin Falls and Arimo.

With the advent of World War II, the family moved to Salt Lake City where they lived in the Avenues, then near Liberty Park and finally at 2045 Redondo Avenue. Anne attended Hawthorne grade school, Irving Junior and East High Schools. She loved the libraries, history, dance and music. When someone was going from Salt Lake City to Idaho, she would catch a ride to see the extended families she loved there. She played the piano, sang in the Acapella chorus, church choruses, the Book of Mormon Oratorio and was in dance groups.

On November 21, 1953, Anne Louise married Kenneth William Karren in the Salt Lake City temple. She finished her quarter at the University of Utah and joined him in the Territory of Hawaii in February 1954. They also lived in McAlister Oklahoma, Ithaca New York, Salt Lake City, Provo, Utah, Las Vegas, Nevada and South Jordan, Utah. Most of their married lives were spent in Provo.

She showed an affectionate, loving personality with babies, youth and adults alike. Neighbors coveted her delicious cookies Concord grape juice from the garden. She liked horses, kittens, pruning shrubs, flowers and walking and talking in the early morning with other ladies. She was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving as a very caring President of Primary, Ward Relief Society and Stake Relief Society for long periods of time. She also drove to Salt Lake City on a weekly basis to serve as a docent at the Relief Society building.

She suffered from arthritis and three back surgeries. In her final years she had chronic leukemia and finally extremely painful acute myeloid leukemia. But she did not let pain stop her from working and doing and loving others.

She was preceded in death by her sister Beth Steele (Elbert) and granddaughter in-law Julie Mugleston Karren. She was survived by her husband, Kenneth, and children, Kenneth, Jr, (Michele), Elizabeth (Guy Little), Phillip (Maritza), Scott (Susan), Laura (Sam Western), Thomas (Carisa) and Catherine (Jason Singer), 26 grandchildren, 12 of their spouses and 35 great grandchildren.

She died April 14, 2020 and was buried in the Eastlawn Cemetery in Provo, Utah. She was greatly loved by all.
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    Friday, June 12th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 12th, 2020 11:00am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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Chris Lee Pyne

Posted at 11:46am
I remember Anne as a gracious, and beautiful lady. She and her family were neighbors in Edgemont for many years. She had a beautiful singing voice and sang at my moms funeral in 1981. I'm sorry to the Karren family for your loss.

Marie Ray

Posted at 11:45pm
I first met Ken and Anne in Hawaii in 1954. We were both newlyweds and we shared many happy times together along with K and Faye Brady. We've kept in touch over the years and I am so sad that Anne has left us. She was a wonderful woman and a very good friend. Ken, I am so sorry for your loss. I look forward to the day when we will all six be together again. Maybe we can talk Ken Hayes into playing Monopoly with us again. With my love to you and your family. Marie

Kisi Watkins

Posted at 10:52pm
Anne and Ken were in our Edgemont 10th Ward in North Provo for many, many years, and I remember her as a gracious and regal lady. I got to see both of them at a wedding reception at the Provo Library just months ago, and although I knew she had been in a lot of pain, she was as lovely and gracious as ever. I know everyone will miss her terribly. We have missed both of them ever since they moved from our neighborhood! Kisi Watkins

Duane Karren

Posted at 01:37pm
I will always remember Anne as a caring person person who treated all with respect and friendship. Duane Karren

Jennifer Hanna & Marty Miller

Posted at 01:13pm
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
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With our best wishes and condolences to all the Karren family...Karen and Richard Heckmann

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