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Karen Eileen Lambert 1956 ~ 2009 The tour de force that was Karen Eileen Smithson Lambert, beloved wife and mother, came to an end on Saturday, December 19th, 2009. Her energy and enthusiasm for life characterized a life of beauty, love, devotion to family, and selfless service. Karen had friends everywhere, because after five minutes of knowing her, you could not help but feel that you were already friends. Karen was born on September 14, 1956, to James D. and Doris J. Smithson in Corona, California. She graduated from Garden Grove (California) High School in 1974. Karen also received her Associate's degree and Psychiatric Nursing license from Cyprus Junior College in Cyprus, California and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She married her beloved husband D. David Lambert on June 11, 1977, in the Provo Temple. Karen grew up in Orange County, but had lived in Orem, Utah, for nearly 30 years. Despite her time in Utah, she always was a California girl. A member of the LDS church, Karen served faithfully in many callings throughout her life including callings in the Primary, Young Women, and Sunday School organizations. She absolutely loved teaching Sunday School to the youth, and loved teaching youth in general. She was a natural teacher and loved to share her knowledge. Karen also worked as a substitute teacher in the Alpine school district. Karen loved to travel and see new places. She particularly enjoyed visiting New York City and had most recently traveled to Rome and Florence, Italy, and Paris, France, with her husband David for their 30th wedding anniversary. Karen had always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower. Karen had such a zest for life. Her exuberance radiated from her, and with her wit and smile she charmed you almost instantly. She always gave so much of herself, and never shied away from work that needed to be done. There was nothing she would not do for others, especially her family. Karen was an entrepreneur and creative mastermind. She was an accomplished composer of music and talented seamstress. She is survived by her husband David; daughters Kristen E. (Clint) Burgi, Michelle D. (Marshall) Hawkes, Alyssa L., Jacqueline J., Dana L., and Delaney C.; grandchildren Halle, Cohen, Carter, Kenji, and Eli. Also survived by her father James D. (Faye) Smithson; brothers Jim, Robert, Jeffrey (Barbara), Richard (Ruth), and David Smithson. Karen was preceded in death by her mother Doris Jean Smithson and eldest brother Donald Smithson. The viewing will be Tuesday, December 22nd from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Sundberg Olpin Mortuary at 495 S. State Street in Orem. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 23rd at 1 p.m. at the Suncrest Stake Center at 600 W. 90 N. in Orem, with additional viewing at 12 p.m. prior to the funeral services. Burial will be at the Orem City Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the members of the Suncrest 10th ward and all the friends and neighbors who have been so supportive during this time.

Published in Deseret News on Dec. 22, 2009
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