Our loving Mother and Grandmother Karen B. Chamberlain passed away on the morning of December 24, 2023, at the age of 72. She was found by her youngest child Minda Taylor, who describes her as resembling someone who laid down peacefully to take a nap, despite her odd location on the floor. This is a testament to her humorous personality, and at times quirky behavior.
She passed away in her home in the city of North Salt Lake, Utah where she spent most of her adult and mothering life. The last years of Karen's life were spent surrounded by her loving family. Karen was born to Avard W. Booth and Carol G. Porter in 1951 in Salt Lake City. She graduated from East High School in 1969 and later attended Utah State University and Stevens Henager College. At the age of 22 she married Dennis Chamberlain on March 1, 1973. They had 3 children, Casey, Tiffany, and Minda. Dennis and Karen later separated and divorced in early 1985.
Karen was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served others selflessly, always being one of the first to volunteer for anything the ward may need. She loved to go to church every Sunday and would visit the Temple whenever she could. Karen had many callings throughout her life and was currently serving as the Relief Society Secretary and a member of the ward Choir at the time of her passing.
She is survived by her younger brother Chadwick Booth (Ria), her three children; Casey (April) Chamberlain, Tiffany (Patrick) Welch, and Minda Taylor (Daniel Messersmith). As well as her grandchildren; Nathan, Mason, Ashton, Kaytlin, Olivia, Tanner, Kylee, and Kendra. She was also expecting her first Great-Grandchild this spring. As well as an enormous collection of people she considers family. Karen’s humor, animated story telling, and memory will live on through all those that knew and loved her.
She loved to tell the story of her childhood home in Cotton Wood and the playhouse her father built for her in their front yard. She would tell the story with great animation of her arms and long pauses filled with thought. She loved the fact that her father had hooked up water and other various features to her playhouse, adding to the realism to which she adored. She also describes the huge pine tree across from where she would play and how she remembers the upkeep her father did for the tree. Years ago, my grandma dragged me and my little sister to her old house, which is no longer in the family, and ducked under caution tape, just to peer into her old playhouse. The day she passed she was to sing in the church choir, which is something that she loved to do. Though she never made it out of her room that morning. We can all take comfort in knowing she spent her last hours getting ready for a day full of what she loved in anticipation of the coming holiday. Karen is reuniting with her mother, father, and all of those whom she loved that have passed before her. Her presence is already so deeply missed. However, her guidance and words of wisdom will remain in the hearts and minds of all that were close to her.
A viewing will be held Thursday, January 4th, 2024, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main Street, Bountiful, Utah. The Funeral will be held on Friday, January 5th, 2024, at 11 a.m., with a viewing prior from 9:45-10:45 at the Orchard 13th ward located at 261 East Center Street, North Salt Lake, Utah 84054. Burial will take place at Bountiful City Cemetery, 2224 South 200 West, Bountiful, Utah 84010 following the services.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin about 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.