Karen M. Lawrence, 86, of Logan, Utah, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Logan, Utah, of natural causes.
Born Karen Blanche Matthews on March 23, 1935, in Evanston, Wyoming, Karen was the third of four children and only daughter born to Victor Washington Matthews and Helen Blanche Marsh.
For much of her childhood, her parents operated the Bennett Motel on Front Street in Evanston. She met the love of her life, David E. Lawrence, of Salem, Utah, while working in the Gift and Sweet Shop in Evanston, when she was sixteen. He was a handsome twenty-year-old roughneck working in the oil fields.
Karen graduated from Evanston High School and attended Brigham Young University, where she was a Cougarette, before marrying Dave in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 16, 1954, following his discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps. To this union were born seven children: Kathy, Mark, Paul, Linda, Diane, Julie and Coleen. Karen and David spent most of their married life in Big Piney, Wyoming, until Dave died from malignant melanoma in 1979. As a young widow, she worked for the Big Piney Schools as a teacher’s aide for one year before relocating to Utah to raise her children, working first as a receptionist for Utah Education Association; and later, for the LDS Church Welfare Department.
She later married Leslie Hart Andelin on October 20, 2000, in the Mount TImpanogos LDS Temple. They served part of their five-year marriage as temple missionaries in the Orlando Florida LDS Temple. They later divorced. Hart preceded her in death, in 2016.
After being widowed, she lived in Kearns, Murray, Pleasant Grove, Providence and St. George, Utah; Orlando, Florida; Salem, Oregon; and Issaquah, Washington. She last lived in Logan, Utah, where she was a resident at Legacy House of Logan.
She is survived by her children: Kathy (Lawrence T. Riordan, deceased), of Fort Myers, Florida, and Three Lakes, Wisconsin; Linda, of Logan, Utah; Diane (Nordell Brown), of Logan, Utah; Julie (J. Brooks Peacock), of Salem, Oregon; and Coleen, of Logan, Utah; as well as fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers: Russell, Elmo, and Tommie Matthews; her husband, Dave; and both sons: Mark, who died shortly after birth of causes incident to prematurity; and Paul, who died of early dementia in 2014.
To honor Karen’s wishes, graveside services will be private for family only by invitation and COVID compliant.
Karen’s family expresses thanks to the staff of Legacy House of Logan, and to Intermountain Home Health & Hospice, for their attentive, kind, and loving care of their mother.