Our beautiful, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Karen Marie Powell Wadsworth, 73, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Dec. 18, 2017, in Midvale, Utah, after enduring a courageous 11-year battle with breast cancer.
She was born Feb. 10, 1944, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Hyrum Ray Powell and Ila Marie Nunley. She graduated from Lincoln County High School in Panaca, Nevada, in 1961, and later earned an associate degree from Salt Lake Community College. Karen married Grant Aveson Wadsworth on Nov. 23, 1961. Together they had 13 children, seven boys and six girls.
Karen retired as a federal employee after 30 years working at the University of Utah Army ROTC, the VA Hospital, the National Guard, and the U.S. Postal Service. She enjoyed an array of interests and hobbies, including competitive Scrabble, book clubs, movie groups, continuing education at OSHER, decorating for Christmas, sewing, reading, hiking, and traveling. She was happiest spending time with her family, dear friends and her dog, Jack.
Karen is survived by 12 of her children: Hyrum (Louise), Torrie (Stephen) Norris, Teresa Reinacher, Heber (Shannon), Jason (Amy), Wendy (Meic) Schmidt, Raquel, Roxanne (Deon) Gledhill, Tiffany (Charlie) Copsey, Tim, James, and Chris; and by 32 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Karen is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and three brothers and a sister. The most profound loss of her life was her son, Frank, who died tragically in 2012. We can only imagine the happy reunion that is taking place! Mom, Grandma, and Great-Grandma was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral services will be held Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. A viewing will be held Dec. 21, from 6-8 p.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to services on Dec. 22. Interment at Salt Lake City Cemetery.