Karen Fay Andre passed away peacefully and gracefully smiling, in her home with her family around her on September 3, 2022. Alzheimer’s took her life. She was born in Evanston, Wyoming on May 27, 1949 to Carl and Lucille Stock. Karen was 73 years old.
Karen grew up on Park Street in Layton Utah, where she made lifelong friends and many wonderful memories. She is still very close to her childhood friends. She went to Layton Elementary, Central Davis Junior High School, and dear ol’ Davis High, graduating in the class of 1967. After graduating from high school, she attended Weber State College.
After a five-year courtship, she married her high school sweetheart, Todd James Andre, in the Salt Lake City Temple, on September 2, 1970. They then started their adventure as husband and wife. While raising three girls and three boys, there was never a dull moment in their home. Besides being a full-time mother and wife, Karen was very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served in many Primary presidencies, Young Women presidencies, and Relief Society presidencies. She loved working with young women of all ages and remained close to many of those women throughout her life. Karen also served as a Ward Temple and Family History Consultant. With her husband, Karen served a three-year service mission in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Addiction Recovery Program.
Karen dedicated her life to her daughter who had Rett Syndrome. Katie Lyn needed so much care, and Karen was so happy to give it. She never complained about the long hours and the many things she was unable to do for herself as she cared for her sweet silent Angel. She cared for Katie until Katie’s passing at age 29. Karen was an example of selfless service to her children and others who knew her.
Karen shared her love of art and inspired many (young and old) to use their talents. She taught oil painting in her” Studio” (the garage) and was an Art Specialist for the Davis County Schools. She had a special gift of decorating and used this talent to help with weddings, high school reunions, and special church activities. This talent was exemplified each year when she chose to decorate and donate trees to the Festival of Trees. Karen raised over $14,000 at the Festival of Trees for Primary Children's Hospital.
One of her great joys was getting up early on Saturday mornings to look for treasures at garage sales. Dolls and all kinds of collectibles were her favorite items to purchase.
After Todd and Karen retired, they enjoyed “Cruising with Princess”. They were able to cruise a couple of times each year. Karen’s favorite was the 15-day cruise to Hawaii, but she also traveled Panama Canal, Alaska, New England, Canada, the Caribbean, and had a European cruise planned to visit the Rome Temple. Karen loved to meet new people and learn about them and their families. She could make most anyone feel welcome and loved.
Karen was preceded in death by her daughter Katie Lyn, her son Robert Allen (Amy), two brothers Kent Carl and Duane Dee Stock (Marian), her parents Carl Hildt and Estella Lucille Stock, two grandchildren Stryker and Scout Andre, and one great grandchild Blakely Roberts.
Karen is survived by her husband, Todd and their four children: Kamie Jo (Thayne) Roberts, David Todd (Jamie) Andre, Amy Davis Andre, Karie Ann Andre, Kurtis Carl (Jodi) Andre. Also surviving are three sisters Estella Larue (Bob) Ary, Maxine (Bill) Jackson, and her “twin sister” Sharen Kay (Michael) Petersen. Karen has sixteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Viewing will be September 8, 2022, 6pm till 8pm at the Russon Brothers’ Mortuary 1585 W 300 S Syracuse Utah 84075, with the service on September 9t, 2022 at the Syracuse 7th Ward building located at 1625 S 1100 W. Viewing from 9:30 till 10:30 with service at 11:00.